You know snails are slow…but did you know they are THIS SLOW?! New research by Dr. Amy Moran, University of Hawaii, and colleagues describes an Antarctic snail with one of the longest development times recorded – 8 YEARS! These guys certainly live up to their reputation. Learn more in today’s comic: the slowest snail.
Check out the paper here.
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.
You think you are loud and proud? You can’t compete with these worms! A newly discovered species of marine polychaete (worm) has been observed making a racket in the ocean, a popping sound when they fight each other. Learn more in today’s comic: poppin’ polychaetes.
Want to learn more? Check out the video of these worms poppin’ it. Feeling ambitious? Read the actual scientific paper.
Who’s excited for crab season? Dungeness crab season opened this past week in the San Juan Islands (Washington State)…learn more in today’s comic: crab catch.
Hungry for more? Learn more here.
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…
Are you a picky eater? Not as picky as a mussel. Dr. Maria Rosa, Connecticut College, studies how mussels feed and how picky they are about what they eat. Learn more about how mussels select their food in today’s comic: mussel meals.
Hungry for more? Check out this article or read some of Maria’s work.
Remember shipworms? The “worms” that are actually clams that eat wood? Well, get ready to have your mind blown… I mean rocked. New research describes a unique species of shipworm that can eat rocks. That’s right. ROCKS. Learn more about these rock-eating worm wannabes in today’s comic: rockin’ worm.
Still interested? Check out this article on the new shipworm research. Feeling ambitious? Read the scientific paper.
Father’s Day isn’t just for humans. Wishing all the great invertebrate dads out there a belated Happy Father’s Day too! Learn more about sea spider dads in today’s comic: egg legs.
Learn more about devoted marine dads and sea spiders in particular.