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.
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.