The World's Authoritative Guide to Vent Fauna Clearly, last week’s Cephalopod Beak ID Contest was too easy! So This week’s contest is going to be a little harder. I’m testing you guys out, seeing where your limits are. This week I am highlighting the Handbook of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fauna by veteran deep sea colleagues . . . → Read More: Mad Taxonomic Skillz Contest II – What Vent Worm Am I?
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.
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
From National Geographic’s new Translucent Creatures photo gallery: A hydromedusa spreads its luminescent tentacles in the Weddell Sea near Antarctica. Photograph by Ingo Arndt/Minden Pictures. This medusa is like totally coming at me like a spider monkey with those nunchuk tentacles. Meet some of its friends below the fold! . . . → Read More: Friday Deep Sea Picture: Ninja Hydromedusa!
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