SOMETIMES, DURING DIVES, YOU ENCOUNTER THESE THINGS attached to the bottom. They’re squid eggs. Here’s a hint: Don’t Mess With Them! Remember Kirk Douglas battling the giant squid in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? It’s could be like that. Maybe. DESIGNED TO DRIVE GUYS MAD! When a female squid deposits her eggs on the seafloor, she also imbues them with a protein that essentially drives male squids crazy – not about her but about the eggs.Read more
Odd, interesting things about life under the sea.
I’M NOT SURE WHETHER THIS IS FASCINATING OR CREEPY, but it does give us an idea of how sea stars and other echinoderms move along on little, hydraulically-operated tube feet. Apparently the poor guy got stranded on the sand as the tide went out. The videographer, Zeb Hallock, notes that after shooting the video, he put it and other sea stars back in the water.Read more
WHEN MARINE BIOLOGIST DAVID SCHOLNICK WANTED TO CONDUCT RESEARCH on how changes in the oceans might affect the ability of marine organisms to fight infections, he settled on a study involving shrimp – since a shrimp’s ability to remove bacteria from its body could have an impact on bacteria that might end up in seafood. Since shrimp are active creatures in the oceans, it seemed important to study the shrimp’s immune response during activity. SoRead more