pycnopodia ‘pocalypse

You probably have a plan for the zombie apocalypse….but what’s your plan for the pycnopodia ‘pocalypse?

Newly published research by Dr. Drew Harvell (Cornell University) and team has determined that populations of the Sunflower Sea Star have been decimated by disease and warming waters up and down the west coast of North America. Learn more about the plight of the Sunflower Stars in today’s comic: pycnopodia ‘pocalypse

Read more here.  Or here.  Or here. Feeling really ambitious? Read the actual scientific article.

magnet mouth

Brace yourself…chitons have some crazy teeth! Learn more about the super strong magnetic teeth of chitons  in today’s comic: magnet mouth.

Thanks to chiton researcher and enthusiast Rebecca Varney, University of Alabama, for inspiring today’s comic. Still interested? Check out Rebecca’s research on chitons and how they make their teeth.


You know what they say – it’s inner beauty that counts. And these sea stars definitely shine from the inside out!

Researchers Mo Turner and Cassandra Donatelli at Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington have started an initiative to CT scan all sea stars to learn more about what they look like on the inside and what that can tell us about their structure and ecology. Learn more about this project in today’s comic: #ScanAllStars

Want more? Follow #ScanAllStars on twitter to see the latest from this project newly introduced at this year’s Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting.

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year folks! Thanks for sticking with me on this invertebrate journey through 2018 – here’s to more spineless fun in 2019!

Need a fresh new start for the new year? Try molting. If that doesn’t work just get inspired by today’s new comic: makeover molt to learn more about how tarantulas shed their exoskeletons in order to grow into bigger better versions of themselves.

Can’t get enough? Watch this video of tarantula molting in action.

holiday lights

Is your holiday light display as good as those in the deep sea? Probably not.

Despite being a dark place, the deep sea if full of beautiful light created by the animals that live there. Check out today’s comic: festive fanfare to learn more about this common characteristic of many marine animals.

Need more info? Learn more about bioluminescence here.

ship(worm) shape?

Definition: “Ship shape” –  neat and orderly.

Definition: “Shipworm shape” – full of holes and a damn mess.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology REU student Tiffany Spendiff studies those pesky but cute wood-burrowing shipworms and their appetites for different types of wood. Check out today’s comic, ship shape to learn more about shipworms.

Want to know more? Check out Tiffany’s blog from her summer research.