Was just sent these great informative short videos about research being done to understand how climate change affects coastal communities. Coastal organisms live in areas with much day to day variation. There are the changing tides, the amount sun exposure, and also shade from tidal zone seaweeds and rock crevices. This makes coastal animals, like . . . → Read More: California Coastal Climate Change Research
This may be the coolest sea star predation video of all time. Watch helplessly from the mussel’s shell as the sea star’s stomach extrudes and begins to digest the mussel alive! Via Chris Mah. Echinoderms: Sea Star Time-lapse: Eating Mussel from Shape of Life on Vimeo.
Seriously cool footage at the BBC. Also with a nice little accompanying article that you should read. In the sequence filmed for the Life series, the invertebrates gather in a frenzy to feast on a seal carcass that has sunk to the ocean floor. So much food may only arrive in one place once in . . . → Read More: ZOMG GIANT WURMZ N SEESTARZ FEEEDING FRENZY!1!1!!!1
[mappress] Yellow feather star (comatulid crinoid). Photo courtesy of MBARI. We dove Wednesday on North Cleft (45.030268, -130.182166), a massive ravine over 100 meters deep and a few hundred meters wide formed by the spreading of the Juan de Fuca and Pacific Plates. At 2.5 kilometers depth, we explored three inactive hydrothermal vents, the tallest . . . → Read More: NE Pacific Expedition Day 8 & 9
Sometimes we just need a little help to get by in life. A nudge, some encouragement or a simple pat on the back will suffice. Being stuck to a rock is not a real good way to avoid predators, unless that rock can move. Symbioses between sea anemones and snails have been well known for . . . → Read More: A Deep Sea Mutualism in Response to Predation