In honor of Hagfish Day at WhaleTimes.org, I am reposting a Kevin Z original classic from the days of yore. Lyrics under the fold: . . . → Read More: #HagfishDay: Every Whale Has Its Bone
A great film about a whale fall by Sharon Shattuck. Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.
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!
Scientists love to group things. We also like to name things. We also like to plot data on bivariate graphs. On really crazy nights, we let our hair down, well not me per se but other scientists with hair, and do all three. 90% of science is grouping, naming, and plotting. If you don’t know . . . → Read More: Who likes protandric hermaphrodites?
#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