During this time of the calendar year, some interesting little animals make their most obvious appearance on some NE Pacific soft-sediment habitats.
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…
Researchers show the eyes of Linckia laevigata help it stay near its reef.
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.
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.