Tag Archives: marine

Good news for one whale (and her friend)

There aren’t too many good stories around these days, so it’s nice to find one when it happens. Crew members of a whale-watching vessel spotted a regular visitor to the local waters around Long Island in trouble: the humpback, nicknamed … Continue reading

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Octopus selfies

It’s not often that you get to say “an octopus ate my homework stole my camera”, but diver Victor Huang got to say just that. While diving off the coast of Wellington, New Zealand, an octopus stole his camera and … Continue reading

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More strange octopods

I’ve been off for a week with bronchitis, curled up at home coughing violently and generally feeling sorry for myself, so apologies for the posting hiatus. Normal service will now be resumed, and with one of my favourite topics – … Continue reading

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Orca society

I’ve got a lot of respect for orcas (sometimes called killer whales): they’re intelligent, showing an ability to learn, solve problems, and teaching learned behaviour; they have a complex and stable communication system; and they’ve been observed exhibiting playful behaviour … Continue reading

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Lair of the white worm

If you don’t like the idea of 10-foot long aquatic killer worms, then read no further. The worms in question are called Bobbit worms, iridescent, and quite pretty. So far, all fine and dandy. But these aquatic worms, while on … Continue reading

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World octopus day!

How could I have missed this one? Yesterday was World Octopus Day, so here’s an infographic about these amazing creatures, and, in an amazing example of tool use, a quick video of an octopus collecting halves of coconut shells to use … Continue reading

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Cephalopod magic

Octopodes in particular and cephalopods in general have some pretty amazing abilities, as I’ve mentioned here, and here, but the ability I’d like to bring to your attention today is camouflage. Cephalopods are masters of this dark art, and in … Continue reading

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Evolution as it happened, plus wet walkers

First up, there’s a great (if busy) illustration of the evolutionary ‘tree’ here. As you can see, it’s not so much a tree as a densely packed root system, with most extinctions removed (because otherwise it just look like a … Continue reading

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Cold water creatures

I’d like to introduce you to a fishy friend, the white-blooded icefish. First discovered in 1927, this species is unique among vertebrates by having no haemoglobin or red blood cells. Why does this matter? Well, haemoglobin is the iron-containing protein … Continue reading

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Underwater art

I revisited this site today, and it’s worth another post. The artist, Jason de Caires Taylor,

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