bubblegum corals

Did you know there’s bubble gum in the ocean? No? Well then, it’s time to get out of your bubble and check out these deep water corals! I learned about these cool animals last week from Dr. Anna Metaxas, Dalhousie University, who studies populations and distributions of bubblegum corals off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Learn more in today’s comic: bubble bust.

Learn more about bubblegum corals and if your feeling ambitious, check out Dr. Metaxas’ paper.



Who doesn’t love a good Beatles parody? These bryozoans certainly do. Learn more about baby bryozoans and their great quest for the perfect kelp blade to settle down on before becoming adults in today’s comic: kelp quest.

It’s also about time I did a comic on the bryozoan, Membranipora membranacea, since part of my dissertation is dedicated to research on them. Learn more about these cuties and their kelp preferences.




What? Let me explain. Pink fragile sea urchins (genus Strongylocentrotus) really put the “strong” in Strongylocentrotus. Research done by Friday Harbor Labs Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kirk Sato, shows that differences in natural environmental oxygen and pH conditions can cause differences in urchin skeleton strength. Learn more in today’s comic: “Strong”-ylocentrotus.

Learn some fast facts about the pink urchin …And if you are feeling really “strong”, check out Kirk’s paper.


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…