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sneaky snack

You know the saying…”slow and steady wins the race”… or the snack. That might be true for sea slugs…sometimes. Dr. Jim Murray (CSU East Bay) studies the neurobiology and sensory systems and behavior of the sea slug Tritonia tetraquetra and how they chemically detect their prey.  Learn more in today’s comic: sneaky snack.

And watch this Tritonia attack its prey…s…l…o…w…l…y…

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barnacle buddies

Does being around your friends take the heat off you? For these barnacles, that’s definitely the case. Learn about how barnacle body temperatures are affected by others around them in today’s comic: barnacle buddies. Today’s comic is dedicated to my friend and fellow University of Washington graduate student Will King who defends his PhD on barnacles in a warming world today!

Barnacles are crazy critters. Get some fast facts here.

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octopus optometrist

Think you need glasses? Probably not as much as an octopus in low oxygen conditions. New *eye-opening* research by lead author Lillian McCormick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shows that exposure to low oxygen levels can render some invertebrate larvae almost blind. Imagine if you lost your vision every time you held your breath! Learn more in today’s comic: octopus optometrist

Still curious? Learn more here.

Feeling ambitious? Check out the actual scientific article here.

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amphipod armor

Think you are good under pressure? Probably not as good as the deep sea amphipod Hirondellea gigas. Recent research shows these little guys manage the intense pressure of the deep ocean by making their own suit of armor. Literally. Learn more in today’s comic: amphipod armor.

Feeling pressured to learn more? Check out the study here.