Some animals vent their anuses. And, no, I’m not referring to the act of waving a hand around ones posterior to diffuse the gaseous remnants…View More Butt munchers
Unlike their Echinoderm brethren, brittle stars do not move along on tube feet that can propel them in any direction. Instead, brittle stars ‘walk’. This…View More These Arms Were Made For Walking
[mappress] We dove Wednesday on North Cleft (45.030268, -130.182166), a massive ravine over 100 meters deep and a few hundred meters wide formed by the…View More NE Pacific Expedition Day 8 & 9
The 285 macrourid fishes, the rattails, whiptails, and grenadiers, are one of, if not the, most abundant fish in the deep. You cannot throw…well anything…without…View More Simple Summer Recipes for Dead Seafloor Carrion
People accept the idea of echinoderm predation on shallow reef building corals. The voracious Crown of Thorns seastar Acanthaster planci is a familiar coral antagonist…View More Friday Picture: Have your coral and eat it, too?
Japanese researchers recently set a record with the deepest in-situ observation of a criniod. In the words of the authors, Previous records of stalked crinoids…View More The Deepest Crinoids
Everything you ever wanted to know about sea pigs (Holothuroidea: Scotoplanes sp.) from the Echinoblog. The best part is the gastropods parasites that love them…View More Sea Pigs
Basketstars are enigmatic denizens of the deep. They are broadly distributed in the world’s oceans from the Artic to the Antarctic, occurring as shallow as…View More Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Basket star
Sea urchin offspring have one of the coolest names in the plankton. They’re called “pluteus” larvae. Yet, according to this narrator, urchins don’t know or…View More Are sea urchins bad parents?
Christopher Taylor at the Catologue of Organisms (one of the handful of blogs I rush to when I see an update in my Reader!) has…View More It Must Be “Hump” Day in the Blogosphere