Preparing for a spooky Halloween? These sand dollar larvae are literally splitting themselves from fear. Sand dollar larvae clone themselves as a defense strategy against scary predators. Check out today’s comic: dividing dollars to learn more.
Pretty spooky huh? Learn more here.
Everybody loves a good poop joke, especially the Beautiful Wood Nymph moth. Check out today’s comic: flying feces to learn more about why this moth looks like poop.
Still curious? Learn more.
Have you been following the E/V Nautilus as they explore the depths of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument? I have and it’s been awesome! This week’s comic is brought to you by some newly discovered super old corals and a love of Star Wars…check out today’s comic: return of the coral.
Check out Nautilus ancient coral footage and live stream to learn more!
It’s the first day of classes here at University of Washington! Instead, I’m having an awesome time out on the R/V Rachel Carson working on a project studying the effects of low oxygen zones on zooplankton in Puget Sound which inspired today’s comic. I encourage you to get to know your local zooplankton too…join the club!
For more information on zooplankton check out the Plankton Chronicles and use this handy guide to identify some Puget Sound zooplankton for yourself!
A real life underwater mystery machine! The submersible, Cyclops I (OceanGate), has been at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs through a collaboration with SeaDoc Society for the past week solving some of the scientific mysteries of deep marine ecosystems in the San Juan Archipelago. Check out today’s comic urchin searchin’ to learn more about the Cyclops I mission to find the deepest dwelling red sea urchin.
To learn more about the research done in the sub, check out the Seattle Times article on the projects!
IT’S MY 50th COMIC! To celebrate, I’m excited to release an extended full 2 page comic on a topic that is near and dear to my scientific heart: effects of ocean acidification. Learn more about the CO2 blues this week!
I originally made this comic as my write-a-thon submission for ComSciComPNW, a local science communication conference, and I’m excited to finally publish it after incorporating feedback from other grad students and communication experts.
On another note, I’m really proud that I have been able to consistently release comics every Wednesday for almost a year. Grad school is hard and it’s difficult to make time for hobbies that keep you sane. Thank you for following Interviews with Invertebrates and holding me accountable for putting out new material. To another 50!
To revisit the complete collection check out all my past comics!
Thought you liked the farmer’s market? Check out these fun guys! …. and by fun guys I mean leafcutter ants. Leafcutter ants farm fungus to eat. Learn more in today’s comic: fungus farmers.
Want more fun(gus)? Check out this video.
As they say, you are what you eat. Especially for some sea slugs. Learn more about different kinds of “superpowers” nudibranchs get from their food in addition to nutrition in today’s comic: slug superfoods. Thanks to Abigail Ames for the request!
For information on the slugs in today’s comic:
Elysia chlorotica (the photosynthetic sea slug)
Glaucus atlanticus (the Blue Dragon slug)
Hermit crabs always have their pulse on the marine real estate market to find that perfect house. Check out today’s comic: hermit houses to learn more.
And to see the real estate exchange in action check out this video!
Ribbon worms are decidedly terrifying. Don’t cross one or you’ll get KO’ed just like this nereid worm. Thanks to ribbon worm expert and enthusiast Audrey Falconer for the request! Check out today’s comic to learn more about how ribbon worms attack their prey.
Can’t get enough? Check out some fun facts about ribbon worms and learn more here.