Sweet 16 Will Occur Without Colossal Squid

Perhaps unsurprisingly DSN’s pick for Science Bracket Smackdown, Team Invertebrate demolished 9th seeded Surgeons with a final score of 158-37. Through an amazing dorsal heart defense initiated by the arthropods the Invertebrates quickly took an early lead. The open circulatory offense also proved difficult to stop. Ronald Plasty for the Surgeons stated after the game, “What can I say we were expecting a closed system and ultimately that beat us.” The colossal squid did not return for the second round game. In the lockeroom DSN learned that a tentacle strain in the fourth quarter was still being iced today. Unfortunately too much ice was used and team doctors are experiencing problems dethawing the behemoth. It is unlikely the star post for the Invertebrate squad will return to the tournament. Unfortunately for the underdog Surgeons, the mollusks show considerable depth and the lamellibranchia attack overwhelmed the podiatric specialists. Plasty also commented, “I just couldn’t score on Lumbricus its like he/she was on a personal vendetta.” Indeed he and she was!

The Invertebrates match up against 4 seeded Photosynthesis in the Sweet 16.  Controversy is also likely to surround this game as rumors are emerging that Invertebrates have been digesting members of the Photosynthesis team.  It is likely Invertebrates may rely on several chemosynthetic players for this unqiue match up.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

One comment on “Sweet 16 Will Occur Without Colossal Squid
  1. I’m not sure the chemoautotrophic endosymbionts will be eligible to play for the inverts. But that’s bad news about the colossal squid — any word on whether the humbolt or giant squid will suit up?

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