Read these links or face my claw of death.

Paleontologist Chris Nedin at the Ediacaran blog takes down the claims of a paper of metazoan life in the Proterozoic with Proterozoic Sponges Claims Don’t Hold Water.

David Winter at The Atavism discusses a recent PLoS One paper about how male periwinkles have a hard time tracking down those elusive females. It seems the females like to play hard to get using their scents.

All about deep-sea Chimaera fish at the Artful amoeba.

A nice blog post at Outdoor Science about some interesting new research concerning how phytoplankton might be steering our planet’s biggest storms.

Paleo-science writer Brian Switek, has an awesome guest post on The Guardian’s science blog festival about the evolution of sperm whales.

An amazing journal has been uncovered of a 6 year old girl from Massachusetts who set out with her family on a 3 year whaling voyage in the Pacific in 1868! To see the world through this child’s eyes in this era with so much adventure on a whaling ship is priceless!

WhySharksMatter has a video interview with scientist Aleks Maljkovic on her interesting research concerning whether shark feeding dives harms the sharks over at Southern Fried Science.

Dusty at the (somewhat) newly renamed Uncharted Atolls busts myths about current concepts in seamount ecology.

Bluegrass Blue Crab, the finer third of Southern Fried Science, continues on with her excellent series Chemistry of the Great Big Blue. This time she investigates sedimentation.

Ed Yong over at the superb Not Exactly Rocket Science blog at Discover Magazine’s website discusses new research about how the ctenophore (aka sea walnut) sucks in its prey.

An article at National Geographic investigates whether “sea snot” explosion was caused by the Gulf oil catastrophe. This has tremendous consequences as a marine “snowstorm” could suffocate benthic communities in the area.

Everything you ever wanted to know (and then some!) about how whale sharks feed by whale shark expert and Georgia Aquarium researcher Al Dove.