Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!
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Who is the REAL Queen Bee? A shrimp!

This week I was interested in writing about something wacky in marine systems. Being an ecologist, I tend to discuss organisms and their environment. So as I brainstormed what to write, I thought back to my time as a research technician at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) with Dr. Emmett Duffy.  While working … Continue reading

Mystery of the “Deep-Sea Purple Sock”
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Uncategorized

Mystery of the “Deep-Sea Purple Sock”

In 1915 a strange new sea creature was discovered that resembled a “purple sock”. This creature was eventually named as Xenoturbella bocki in 1949, but no one really had any idea what this weird creature was (Westblad, 1949). Unable to clearly establish more information about the creature’s fit in the evolutionary tree or even its … Continue reading

The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Uncategorized

The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10

Venoms are complex chemical cocktails designed to be actively injected into another organism and wreak cellular havoc (not to be confused with poisons, which need to be ingested). Venoms have a rich evolutionary history, with each independently evolved lineage accumulating new duplicate genes that can then mutate and alter existing proteins to produce an extraordinarily … Continue reading

Why YOU Should Be Thinking More About Parasites
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

Why YOU Should Be Thinking More About Parasites

This guest post was written by Anastasia Quintana.  Anastasia is a 2nd-year PhD student at Duke (please don’t stop reading) who used to study marine parasite ecology at UCSB with Armand Kuris. Now she has switched fully into the social sciences, and studies with advisor Xavier Basurto how communities organize to manage their environmental resources. She is enthusiastic about … Continue reading