Echinoderm Weirdness Extreme

DecentxyloventralChris at Echinoblog has Part 1 of Xyloplax Chronicles up.  For those who don’t know Xyloplax are some of the strangest wee-beasties to inhabit the deep.  I could tell you more but Chris is the expert.  I should note that I hesitated to link to Chris after I saw him consume several of my molluscan brethren with blatant disregard at dinner two weeks ago.  But hey its hard to resist a sea creature batter dipped and deep fried.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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 (, 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.

4 Replies to “Echinoderm Weirdness Extreme”

  1. Dude!
    I’m always happy to oblige wit da’ deep-sea echinodermsez..but *ahem* as I recall, I was not the ONLY one enjoying a blatant disregarded for battered and deep-fried cephalopods that night!

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