On How Molluscs are Cooler Than Echinoderms (or anything else) Pt. 2

Don’t get me wrong this is pretty freakin’ sweet, but echinoderms are not the only large Antarctic sea creatures.
But this is way cooler…


That is Syrinx aruanus, the Australian Trumpet, described by Linneaus in 1758. They are found Northern Australia and Eastern Indonesia and can reach sizes of about three feet in length (those above are on the smaller side). And yeah they’re predators.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.