Not only are these tiny insects interesting as being marine insects, they have some of the oddest life history attributes that I have ever had the chance to encounter.
If you are like most people who have just set up a new aquarium, the pristine tank—even without the first fish—fills your soul with unadulterated joy. you are exercising Zen patience and letting things run for a few days, and you can hardly wait to bring it to life. Then you realize it’s already alive! You see that first spot of green or brown, or possibly an attractive golden glow, edging out from the “sterile” base rock. What the hell is that? You haven’t added anything to the tank. Life has arrived on its own—but where did it come from?
This awesome datum shows the specific actual year when the Ice Ages stopped. This is not a abstract time frame, it was a real year when real people lived.
One of the more interesting things that was found was that the carcasses never decomposed, instead they were consumed by scavengers ranging from Dungeness crabs to six-gill sharks, to small amphipods. In a few cases, the crabs settled on the carcass and stayed there for several days whilst they consumed their long, cold, meal.
Following a possible anoxic event near Coupeville, Washington, the shallow water marine benthic ecosystem died. This is that story…