EXTINCTION!!! Memories of the Sunflower Sea Star

A new publication confirms the extirpation and possible extinction of the benthic ecosystem apex predator, the Sunflower Sea Star, Pycnopodia helianthoides, due the combined effects of abnormally warm sea water temperatures coupled with the effects of sea star wasting disease.

03 Feb 6:35 AM 0 Read More...

ESA is Working for Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

A recently written article analyzes the significant success of the Endangered Species Act by noting the recovery of numerous populations of marine mammals and sea turtles.

20 Jan 2:37 PM 0 Read More...

CORAL Excerpt: Stauromedusans: The Stalked Jellyfishes

What is that strange invader in my reef aquarium? Meet the Stauromedusans.

26 Oct 11:57 AM 1 Read More...

BNFFF (Best Non-Fish Friends Forever)

Initially, the worm was thought to obtain a permanent shelter from predation at a minor expense to the coral. However, experimental work has shown that the cost to the coral is minimal and that the worms can provide two quite significant benefits to the coral: First, the top of the calcareous operculum is secreted in the form of multiple sharp rays.

16 Nov 3:14 PM 0 Read More...

First Aid for Jelly Stings

“Olde mossie-backed divers” such as myself, were usually told the urine tale in our scuba classes in the late 1960s or early 1970s; but once we started to think about it, particularly as scientists (junior grade), it made no sense, whatsoever.

24 May 4:40 PM 1 Read More...