Tag Archives: Marine Biology

Strange Science: Volcanoes and Phyloplankton

The recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii had a devastating impact on the island. However, it appears that the lava that reached the Pacific Ocean may have created conditions ideal for a phyloplankton boom in the ocean. The … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Love and Turning Stomachs Inside Out?

You’ve probably heard of oxytocin, commonly called the “love hormone” in humans. But did you know that in starfish, oxytocin causes them to turn their stomachs inside out and feed? Scientists find this fact to be a little unusual, because … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Ancient Fossil Named after Cthulhu

We always thought Cthulhu was just something H. P. Lovecraft made up. But in April, scientists found a fossilized critter that could have been the inspiration! The Sollasina cthulhu is an ancient (430 million years ago!) relative of the sea cucumber … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Coral Regrowth

Sometimes, accidents make for great science! In this case, a scientist cleaning coral out of a tank accidentally broke the coral. However, in three weeks, each of the dozen pieces of broken coral had grown to the size of the … Continue reading

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Sacrifice

An essay by Eleanor Bradley, as provided by Annika Sundberg Art by Leigh Legler My name is Eleanor Bradley and I am the reason you are alive. How do I know this, you ask? Anyone could be reading this. But … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Frilled Shark

A frilled shark sounds like an animal that would be at home at a tea party, with frills and ruffles, right? Wrong. The frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, is actually a terrifying, serpentine shark with 300 needle-sharp teeth lining its mouth in … Continue reading

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An Afternoon with Odessa Malko

An interview by R. L. Evars, as provided by Emma Whitehall Art by Ariel Alian Wilson When I first meet Odessa Malko, I barely know what to expect. The marine crypto-biologist has recently become the talk of Aforcaster, with her … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Unidentified Gelatinous Spheres

Divers and scientists are baffled by the appearance of large gelatinous spheres, up to a meter across, that have appeared in the ocean off the west coast of Norway, among other locations. Spotted in cold, northern locales and off the … Continue reading

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To Dr. Von Lupe, Concerning the Ice Pick

A letter by Dr. Elizabeth Chu, as provided by Alanna McFall Art by America Jones To Dr. Von Lupe, My Most Glorious God-on-Earth and Leader Among All the Ranks of Humans, Greetings to you, my dark master who claims dominion over … Continue reading

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Proposals for Addressing the Mutant Cephalopod Cataclysm

An essay by Dr. John P. Armitage, as provided by Joshua Steely Art by Luke Spooner; Diagrams by Dawn Vogel Journal of the American Marine Biology Society, Volume 42B, Fall 1956. Introduction: Let me begin with a plea for cooperation from … Continue reading

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