I was just listening to a podcast about how sea sponges use the pores all over their body to “bring in food and release wastes”…View More A Tale of One Opening
Sub-Neritic Gentrification For November we will be doing some deep thinking about deep-sea mollusks in an attempt to understand the complex history and adaptations of…View More Malacology Monthly: Going Deep
I hate all the stuff growing on whales. It’s just one of those weird personal tics. All those barnacles look annoying and itchy and the whole…View More That looks terrible on you Dolphin- take it off!
When I first saw a sea sapphire I thought I was hallucinating. The day had been anything but normal, but this part will always stand…View More The most beautiful animal you've never seen
The force of natural selection towards parasitic lifestyle is powerful, because it has arisen so many times in every imaginable lineage. For this Halloween and…View More TGIF (just) – Resistance is Futile, you WILL be assimilated
We didn’t mean to make this week all about parasites, honest. It just happened that way. Rebecca wrote a thing, and then I – being…View More Accidental Parasite Week continues: the Oarfish edition
This was originally posted at alistairdove.com June 21, 2010. To see another bizarre parasitic relationship, check out Rebecca Helm’s recent piece on the marvelous world…View More I’ll see your horrifying crab barnacle and raise you a heart eel
Scientists currently know of 112 species who’s preferred habitat is the renal sac of a cephalopod. Actually, each species prefers a different kind of cephalopod—Broadclub…View More Reese’s Cups, Octopus Urine, Prehistoric Giant Marine Reptiles, and Parasite Sex