… but sometimes you can. The Perennial Plate Episode 62: A day in the Life from Daniel Klein on Vimeo. Via The Atlantic: Diving for sea urchins off the coast of southern California is just another day in the life for the The Perennial Plate, a web series about sustainable food created by Daniel Klein . . . → Read More: A lot of times you don’t win by doing the right thing…
A fascinating 10 minute short film. Hat tip to KaylinQ. Info from the youtube account: Dir. Roger Teich / USA / 2004 Ron Elliott is the only sea urchin diver at the Farallon Islands off the coast of Northern California, where he shares the water with big Great White Sharks, which is just the . . . → Read More: Picking Urchins From the Devil’s Teeth
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! ———————————- Symphurus sp. collected from Macauley Volcano; scale is 5 cm long. Courtesy M. Clark (NIWA). The western Pacific is broken land, plates are crashing every which way creating earthquakes and volcanoes from Russian Kamchatka to New Zealand. . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Divergent Flatfish, Eavesdropping Fiddler Crabs, Hurricanes Kill Urchins
An occasional series where I briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! ———————————- Oxygen consumption rates for various squids as a property of mass. How could not think of the colossal squid as a voracious hunter of the deep?? Contrary to popular opinion Rosa and Seibel argue that “… the . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Slow Colossal Squid?, Lantern Shark’s Light Switch, Longer is Faster (in Sperm)
Sea urchin offspring have one of the coolest names in the plankton. They’re called “pluteus” larvae. Yet, according to this narrator, urchins don’t know or care for their progeny. They’re a by-product of the motion in the ocean, baby. That’s just how they roll… . . . → Read More: Are sea urchins bad parents?
BibliOdyssey has some beautiful plates of echinoderms from manuscripts by Louis Agassiz from the 1840s. Check out their site for more and where to go to see the full works online. Sand dollar, more or less a flattened sea urchin. For more echinoderm fun, always check out the ECHINOBLOG! . . . → Read More: Echinodermata Monographs