1. Deep Sea Fauna… with Googly Eyes, for science!



    Ifremeria nautilei and friends in the western Pacific. Image from Marum.

    Last week, I published my last research exploring the communities that live around hydrothermal vents in the Western Pacific. Check the succinctly named Comparative Population Structure of Two Deep-Sea Hydrothermal-Vent-Associated Decapods (Chorocaris sp. 2 and Munidopsis lauensis) from Southwestern Pacific Back-Arc Basins! If that’s a bit too dense for you, check out the summary over at my other blog: 

    Beyond the Edge of the Plume: understanding environmental impacts of deep-sea mining

    And learn about the incredible, delicate creatures that thrive at one of the planet’s most bizarre ecosystems. 


    Squat lobsters, Munidopsis lauensis, from the Encyclopedia of Life


  2. i never dreamed of even WANTING a tattoo until i met someone with nautilus shells on her hips and plans to get a Chrysaora colorata down her leg in September. 

  4. mixedmedia:

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

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  7. astronomy-to-zoology:

    Fire Urchin (Asthenosoma varium)

    …a species of fire urchin found throughout the Indo-Pacific, ranging from the Red Sea to Australia and Southern Japan. True to its name the fire urchin has venom tipped spines which can inflict a extremely painful sting on a potential predator or an unwary diver. This sting is nonlethal but can last for a couple of hours, causing a pain similar to being burned. The fire urchin is often seen with a commensal passenger (usually P.colemani or Z.adamsii) which feeds on passing food items that fall on the urchin.



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  8. montereybayaquarium:

    It may not be built for speed, but it’s plenty tough! We have a leather chiton in our Splash Zone Kelp Garden exhibit. This football-shaped chiton can reach five inches, has strong protective plates, and thrives on exposed rocky coasts and in strong wave action.

    It’s considered a keystone species as it eats a brown algae.  Without the leather chiton, this algae would predominate. 

    Learn more about our Splash Zone

    (Kathleen Olson)

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  9. astronomy-to-zoology:

    Helmet urchin

    (Colobocentrotus atratus)

    also referred to as Shingle Urchins are a a species of sea urchin of the family Echinometridae. they can be found on rocks nears shores of the Indo-West Pacific particularly in Hawaii. they look very different from other sea urchins as their spines have been modified to be flattened and smooth in order to better withstand the waves that crash against the rocks they live on in order to feed on periwinkles and algae. they are usually a maroon color and grow as big as a softball.



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  10. lifeunderthewaves:

    And the Rocket’s Red Glare… by Tropigal1027 Taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California