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
You’ve all heard about the bone-eating zombie worm from hell. Yeah it was like OK, but whatever. It had its day like, you know, way back in the 2000s. Now though, all the rage is the BONE SNAIL! Yeah, that’s right the BoNe SnAiL!!! Its cooler than cool, just trust me. The Bone Snail is . . . → Read More: Move Over Boneworm, the Bone Snail is Taking Over
This one goes out to David from my lab who just got back from 2 months down under in Antarctica and deployed whale bones for part of his experiments. You can read up on all his updates while he was at sea. Every Whale Has A Bone (with apologies to Brett Michael) We both . . . → Read More: Every Whale Has Its Bone
There is a disturbing trend in this BBC news article about the relationship between whaling and carbon. The report comes from a talk at The Ocean Science meeting in Portland last week discussing some calculations presented by Dr. Andrew Pershing on how whaling is putting “locked up” carbon back into the atmosphere. “Whales, like any . . . → Read More: Won’t They Think of the Poor Bone-Eating Worms?
A nice write up this month in the Audobon Magazine by Amanda Mascarelli discussing whale-falls and Osedax worms. You can read it for free online.
I am standing in the back of a large lorry, my feet submerged in a pool of blood, water and oil. The truck’s container is open to a grey Welsh sky, but with high-sided walls to keep the blood and us hidden from view. I shout instructions to Nick, my PhD student, over the wind . . . → Read More: Chopping Up Whales For Science!
The Southern Fried Scientist is TA’ing Invertebrate Zoology with Cindy Van Dover at the Marine Lab here. They are having their students create a 2-3 minute podcast of a published article on invertebrate biology, called Topic in Marine Invertebrate Zoology (TiMIZ), and he is posting them to his blog and the course YouTube Channel. I . . . → Read More: Crazy ‘Bout Those Dwarf Males Profizzah
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?
#2 Genus Osedax (Phylum: Annelida, Class: Polychaeta, Order: Sabellida, Family: Siboglinidae) BONEZ1!! WE WANTZ UR BONEZ!! Perhaps the scariest deep sea creature, Osedax (latin for “bone devourer”) is a genus of tubeworm that lives on the carcasses of whales that have fallen to the seafloor. It lives off of mining the lipids in the . . . → Read More: The 27 Best Deep-Sea Species #2: Bone-Devouring Zombie Worms from Hell
These chicas are freaky. But if you lived on a whale vertebrae and eat through bone, perhaps you’d be a little on the kinky side too, right? Osedax, the “bone-devouring” worm is weird. Now, I know long time Deep Sea News readers will be a little used to us talking about odd critters in the . . . → Read More: Ladies of the Bone-Devouring Worm Prefer Their Boys Tiny and in Harems