In the deep dark sea, bioluminescence is the name of game. Its central role is unequivocal for many organisms. Do different sexes of species display dimorphism with respect to bioluminescence? Does it have a role in the dirty deeds that occur in the dark? The following is an illuminating dirty laundry list of all sex . . . → Read More: Lighted Whoopie In The Sea: Repost
Wallace J. Nichols is a sea turtle biologist and marine conservation activist affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences, Ocean Revolution, and the Sea Turtle Network, among others. J’s blog is dedicated to new beginnings and fresh ideas, especially among young people. Green turtles mating in Sipadan, Malaysia. Photo by Petter Lindgren at Flickr. There . . . → Read More: Sea turtles get it on, and on, and on…
Post by Shawn M. Arellano. Dr. Shawn Arellano is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her PhD research at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology concerned the reproduction and recruitment dynamics of a methane-fueled seep mussel. B. childressi: Photo courtesy of Shawn M. Arellano I have a dirty secret: . . . → Read More: I have a dirty secret: I am a mussel sex voyeur.
Post by Amanda “not a sponge” Kahn. Amanda Kahn is currently a masters student at well-known Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, considered to be one of the west coast’s premier marine stations. Despite still being in her masters, she is quickly becoming the “go-to” person for deep-sea sponges. Let’s start off “sex week” with the steamy . . . → Read More: “Sleezy” sponge sexuality
A. manni, picture courtesy of C. Mah Post from Chris Mah, purveyor of all echinoderm. Dr. Christopher Mah is a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and conducts reasearch on the biodiversity, biogeography, evolution, and ecology of Asteroidea. Despite his short . . . → Read More: The Sand Dollar Love Shack: A Special Echinoblog to DSN
This is the official introduction to Sex Week at DSN. We here at DSN never shy away from writing about sex. Through reproduction, fitness is realized as progeny populate the landscape. Thus reproduction can be considered the backbone of evolution as traits are selected for and against, or perhaps not at all. Reproductive methods, the . . . → Read More: Introduction to Sex Week
From the video, “It’s known as penis fencing, and the worms are the swordsmen” Potentially NSFW if having the word the penis said a dozen times over your computer speakers will cause issues.
In no certain order… 10. Those barnacles just ain’t feeding! This is red hot barnacle copulation! Turn the lights down low, everything’s goin’ to be just right… 9. Humboldt Squid are vicious, blood thirsty demons ready to rip the flesh off any living creature. Of course I tend toward exaggeration 8. Beautiful? Definitely! Slow? Stunningly! . . . → Read More: The 10 Greatest Web Videos of Marine Invertebrates
I’m really enjoying The Oyster’s Garter these days. Miriam Goldstein keeps me updated with important nature stories like “When sponges ruled the Earth” 635 million years ago in the Early Cambrian epoch, just before the Cambrian explosion. Since more than 90% of modern sponges resemble those ancient sponges, perhaps there’s something to be said for . . . → Read More: She said spawning
So was I thinking we could light a few candles, have some wine, and then… Yeah, squids are freaky…real freaky freaks. An article over at Practical Fish Keeping details the work of recent PhD Henk-Jan Hoving. His dissertation makes mine look like rainbows and unicorns. The thrust of his work was to study reproductive techniques . . . → Read More: Squid Cuts Body of Sexual Partner