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Written By: grant on December 11, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist pulls back the curtain on how electric eels “remote control” their prey, freezing them right next to their hungry mouths:

The experiments that untangled these mechanisms were devised and run by Kenneth Catania at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. In a natural environment, Catania watched an eel hunting and measured its electric discharges. […]

Written By: grant on October 10, 2014 No Comment

Nature breaks the news to behaviorists – and this is more important than it might seem – that fish don’t really think mirrors are uninvited strangers:

“There’s been a very long history of using a mirror as it’s just so handy,” says Robert Elwood, an animal-behaviour researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. Using […]

Written By: grant on September 9, 2014 No Comment

It’s taken quite a while, but AP can finally report that blue whales off the coast of California have finally reached pre-whaling-industry levels:

Researchers previously assumed that the pre-whaling population was higher than that. However, the study using historical data to estimate the number of whales caught between 1905 and 1971 — when whaling […]

Written By: grant on September 7, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Echinodermata, Plate V</i> detail, by James A. Grieg, 1921

This is the heart (and brain and pretty much anything that’s not an arm) of a brittle star, as sketched for Echinodermata, a study of the sea urchins, sand dollars, sea stars and close relatives collected by the Michael Sars Deep Sea Expedition in the North Atlantic in 1910. It was published by […]

Written By: grant on August 10, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>The Common Angler (</i>Lophius piscatorus<i>) (After W. Von Wright in Smitt)</i>, 1905.

Click to embiggen

This is from the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections in the Biodiversity Library.

I bet there’s all *kinds* of things in the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. Doesn’t that mean, like, their junk drawer?

Can you even imagine? Full of anglerfish… and stranger things.

Written By: grant on July 31, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily reveals the record-breaking brooding period of the deep-sea octopus:

In May 2007, during one of these surveys, the researchers discovered a female octopus clinging to a rocky ledge just above the floor of the canyon, about 4,600 feet below the ocean surface. The octopus, a species known as Graneledone boreopacifica, had not been […]

Written By: grant on October 13, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Holocentre à grosses épines</i>, from <i>Histoire Naturelle des Poissons</i>, Volume 3, 1828

A Holocentrus hastatum, or Sargocentron hastatus, or red soldier fish. They have big spines, you see.

This one comes from A Natural History of Fish, by Georges Cuvier and M. Valenciennes, which I found on wapiti8’s Flickr account.

Written By: grant on September 17, 2013 No Comment

You want to learn about the hidden history of the ocean? Look within, Nature says… within the earwax of a mighty blue whale:

The team, led by Sascha Usenko, a environmental scientist at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, extracted an earplug from a blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) killed in a collision with a ship […]

Written By: grant on June 9, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Hover Whales</i> (from <i>Suggestions to the keepers of the U.S. life-saving stations, light-houses, and light-ships; and to other observers, relative to the best means of collecting and preserving specimens of whales and porpoises</i>. By Frederick W. True.)

Image originally from Suggestions to the keepers of the U.S. life-saving stations, light-houses, and light-ships; and to other observers, relative to the best means of collecting and preserving specimens of whales and porpoises. By Frederick W. True.

It seems like the whales hover courtesy of the Smithsonial Libraries Tumblr, which seems very likely to be […]

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