The beloved animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants, is the wonderful creation of animator Stephen Hillenburg. What you may not know is that Hillenburg is a marine…View More The real-life cousins of SpongeBob
Leaving alone on the seafloor is the lonely painted frogfish, Antennarius pictus. Males and females only come together for the dirty deed but quickly become intolerant of each…View More These are a few of my favorite species: Painted Frogfish
In my email several months ago Casey Burns, a field associate with the California Academy of Science, sent me a fantastic find. The photo is…View More Fossil Carnivorous Sponge?
Most sponges, inspiration for dish cleaners and mess absorbers, feed by filtering water through those many holes and channels. Their scientific name, Porifera, literally means…View More Flesh Eating Sponges?
Aquanautix is a PhD marine biologist interested in deep-sea exploration, science, education, and policy. For more posts like these see the new Aquanautix Blog, online…View More Guest Post: The Secret to Flexibility in a Glass Sponge
The deep-sea sponge Monorhaphis chuni (Hexactinellida) has the world’s largest known biosilica structure! A silicate spicule that can grow up to 3 meters long. That’s…View More Huge Silicate Sponge Spicules and the Evolution of Calcification
Each year the International Institute for Species Exploration announces a list of the Top 10 New Species for the preceding calendar year. Of the top…View More The Best New Species of 2009
TGIF IS DEAD LONG LIVE TGIF! Craig and I are making some changes around these parts. You’ll notice them soon enough. One change starts now.…View More Friday Freak 10/16/09 – Gersemia juliepackardae
A report from Dr. M while he is at sea in the northeast Pacific. You can also follow the expedition here. Monday was consumed with…View More NE Pacific Expedition Day 6 & 7
Post by Amanda “not a sponge” Kahn. Amanda Kahn is currently a masters student at well-known Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, considered to be one of…View More “Sleezy” sponge sexuality