Nature can be really impressive. Take, for example, the humble snail. Many people are aware that a snail’s shell is actually it’s external skeleton, but take a moment to think about that. Could you imagine having your bones outside your skin? Even animals we associate with having protective shells, like turtles, don’t really have bones … More The Importance of the Spiral: It might just determine who you end up with
Sharks are scary. Some sharks are scary. Some sharks are scary… if you’re a fish. Or a seal. Or plankton. According to the popular press, sharks are killers – attacking anything in their path. But that’s not actually the case. In fact, the two largest sharks, the whale shark and basking shark, have tiny teeth … More Why Music Matters: Shark Edition
Sherrie Chambers is a fish biologist, shark wrangler, Ph.D. candidate, and lover of anything with fins. She studies the behavior and cognition of Port Jackson sharks at Macquarie University in Sydney. Check out their website for more information. If the thought of encountering a shark in the wild conjures up images of sinister shadows lurking beneath … More Shark Week Guest Blog: A Sharky Personality?
Michael Schrimpf is a PhD student at Stony Brook University, and studies seabird ecology. His work has taken him both to sea and to seabird colonies in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and he currently works in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Earlier this month scientists, birdwatchers, environmental advocates, and lots of others around the … More Guest Blog: The Wonderful World of Seabirds
Warning: the images below are the things that might make an appearance in your next nightmare! Not really, but there are some pretty crazy incredible creatures living out there in the deep ocean. A recent mission led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia turned up some pretty wild animals. Check them out … More What’s lurking below: Creatures of the deep
There are some weird animals in the ocean. A few weeks ago, we talked about some of the strange worms of the deep. But there are some even stranger marine animals out there. Take the humble sea squirt. These sedentary, cylindrical blobs are a type of hermaphroditic animal called a tunicate. Ranging in size from … More Squirts, Salps, & Sea Pickles, Oh My!
The blue whale is the largest vertebrate to ever have lived – believed to be bigger, even, than the largest dinosaurs. But how did they get that way? Whales and their ancestors weren’t always ocean-dwelling creatures. In fact, their closest living relatives aren’t even marine species. Believe it or not, it’s the hippopotamus! But whales … More The Tale of the Whale: How did they get so big?