CORAL - Ronald L. Shimek, PhD

A Swimming Blob...

During this time of the calendar year, some interesting little animals make their most obvious appearance on some NE Pacific soft-sediment habitats.

31 Mar 1:44 PM 1 Read More...

The Many Seasons Of The Cold Seas

The seasons of the Salish Sea only slightly match the normal terrestrial seasons. Aquarists need to accommodate the marine seasonal needs of animals if cold water animals are going to be kept successfully…

21 Mar 4:53 PM 4 Read More...

The Eyes Have It

Researchers show the eyes of Linckia laevigata help it stay near its reef.

08 Mar 12:08 PM 0 Read More...

Don’t Get Stuck On It, As It Is A Crappy Way To Live

These Red Sea Urchins are animals. Not a surprise! :). However, when abundant the urchins also become a substrate. And when their total surface area is calculated, it becomes apparent they can actually create a considerable area.

22 Feb 4:52 PM 3 Read More...

Disaster Deja Vu, All Over Again...

Are the reports of mass mortality of sea stars in the Pacific Northwest harbingers of ecosystem collapse? The loss of keystone predators is never a good thing.

09 Nov 2:14 PM 3 Read More...