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Banded Sea Kraits

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The venomous banded sea krait has impressive adaptions for life on land and at sea.  Sea snakes evolved not from fish but from terrestrial snakes that elected to re-enter the ocean.  While true sea snakes eventually gave up living on land altogether, Laticauda colubrina still spends a good deal of its time out of the water, up to 50% according to some estimates. Read more

January 11, 2018 |

Christmas Tree Worm – We wish You a Happy Holiday Season

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For those who celebrate Christmas, tree decorating comes once a year, but in the world’s tropical seas, ’tis always the season! Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) are a type of polychaete a group of segmented worms that contains over 13,000 Species  And just like their cousins the sea Mice   and feather dusters unassuming invertebrates put on quite the eye -catching display.
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December 11, 2017 |

Psychedelic Frogfish

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The psychedelic frogfish is aptly named after its lurid colours and striped pattern.

The weird and wonderful psychedelic frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica) was first described in 2009. With vivid stripes of bluish-green, white and yellowish-orange, this strange-looking fish is a type of anglerfish. However, unlike most anglerfish, and indeed its own family of frogfish, the psychedelic frogfish is unusual in not having a lure growing from its forehead. Read more

November 9, 2017 |

Octopus Genetics Just Got A Whole Lot Weirder

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By: Jessica Kittel

In case you weren’t aware, coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squids, and cuttlefish) are pretty cool. Exhibit A: giant squids can grow to be up to 43 feet long and were likely the inspiration for various well-known sea monster tales. Exhibit B: cuttlefish are known to put on amazing camouflaging color change performances. Exhibit C: the octopus. The amazingly intelligent mollusk that is the Harry Houdinis of the underwater world. After all that how could they possibly get cooler?  Thanks to some crazy newly released research involving RNA editing. Read more

November 8, 2017 |

What you need to know about Lionfish!

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Source: blueocean.net/

It’s been over twenty years since we first started hearing alarming reports of lionfish being seen in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Originally from the Indo-Pacific it is not certain how they invaded the Atlantic, but once in waters where they have no natural predators, the lionfish population exploded and quickly became the most destructive invasive species in history. Read more

September 28, 2017 |

Dumbo Octopus

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The “Dumbo Octopus” is purportedly named after Walt Disney’s famous character “Dumbo” the elephant because of it’s ear-like fins.  These interesting animals can be found in all oceans of the world. They can be rarely seen because they are living on the bottom of the sea on a depth ranging from 1,300 to 23,000 feet. Other species of octopi live in shallower waters. Since not much is known about dumbo octopi, they are not considered to be endangered species. Read more

September 18, 2017 |
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