Recently, Quarks to Quasar’s on Facebook published an illustration (above) of how massive a Colossal Squid can reach. The Facebook post was liked by 3,300 people…View More How Big Is A Colossal Squid Really?
I wrote recently of the fascinatingly bizarre Dicopia antirrhinum, a predatory tunicate of the deep sea. The authors of the study describing this strange beastie sent…View More Video of the Love Child of a Macaron and a Snork
In the shallow waters where sunlight penetrates, life is easy because food abounds. In the deep sea, life sucks because food is scarce. In landscape…View More This Deep-Sea Predator is the Love Child of a Macaron and a Snork
The open ocean is a desolate, nutrient-poor place. For a long time it was assumed that any type of seafloor feature (seamounts! ocean ridges!) would…View More Is the Mid-Atlantic ridge an oceanic oasis?
Some know it as the “Rapture of the Deep,” others simply as, “being Narced,” but in my experience the most relevant nomenclature thus proposed for…View More Martini’s Law: A malady of gases
Much speculation occurs among biologists about the uses for all those arms and tentacles in squids. Eight arms and two tentacles seem like appendage overkill. …View More The Most Boring Squid on Earth?
The moon jelly: with its eye-catching looks and mild sting it is a favorite among aquarists, a rising novelty pet, and often featured species on…View More The moon jelly’s shocking family secret
The title speaks for itself, but damn, look at these figures! Last week in PLoS ONE, cool kids Montagna et al. (2013) showed some rather dramatic…View More The Deep-sea footprint of Deepwater Horizon
This case is short but sweet. The fossil record is what we scientists have always used to reconstruct past conditions in the ocean. Like any…View More CSI Deep Sea: Genomic Edition
The response to the Kaiju post has been amazing and of course everyone has suggested alterations to the calculations. For background, biologists know that much…View More How much urine can a Kaiju produce? And other fun information