We have a long history of being HUGE fans of the “bone-devouring zombie worm from hell”. Osedax species were described less than 10 years ago and much work on their reproduction, evolution and ecology has yielded incredible insights into a unique and bizarre way of life! Early on, Osedax was only found on whale bones . . . → Read More: Whale Bone-Devouring Worm Into More Than Just Whales
I am very excited today! My new paper in the journal Ecology will be coming out in April on the regulation of biodiversity in the deep sea. NESCent is issuing a press release (below) written by our very talented, Communications Director Robin Smith. Above is a high-definition Youtube video we put together for the . . . → Read More: When the dinner bell rings for seafloor scavengers, larger animals get first dibs
The Eye-in-the-Sea camera will be freshly baited with a frozen sea lion carcass in a camera deployment set for August 14th, in the deep Monterey Canyon. Mark your calendars and tune in to the Ocean Research Conservation Organization (ORCA) website for updates on the event. The ever fascinating Dr. Edie Widder, the ORCA President, . . . → Read More: Eye in the Sea camera to feature CarcassVision
[googlemap lat="36.820278951308744" lng="-121.99493408203125" width="500px" height="300px" zoom="9" type="G_SATELLITE_MAP"]Monterey Canyon, Invertebrate Cliff[/googlemap] Another of the new features on this website will be Google Maps. For future posts with georeferencing we will now include a Google Map. To highlight this new feature, I have picked one of my study sites. Invertebrate Cliff is an off-axis canyon in the . . . → Read More: New DSN Feature: Google Maps
The download of Google Earth 5.0 to Mac OS X is painless, as expected. Ocean lovers will be delighted with the improved seafloor topography. It’s something DSN has been anticipating for a long time now. Last year I ran this story describing the need for the new ocean layer and some of the science behind . . . → Read More: How much better is Google Earth’s new seafloor
Long time readers will be all too aware of my absolute fascination with the bone-devouring zombie worms from the ocean’s depths. Since their discovery merely 6 years ago, researchers have uncovered many discoveries about these strange creatures. To review: Fun Facts on the genus Osedax (meaning “bone-devourer”)! Gather round the whole family! Not only do . . . → Read More: Mommy, Where Do Dwarf Male Harems Come From?