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Five more marine organisms that put their superhero counterparts to shame

biology, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceApril 17, 2013

Evolution is the most creative force on the planet. Everywhere we look, we find species with novel and phenomenal adaptations that put their comic book brethren to shame. In no ecosystem is this more apparent than in the vast and unfathomable ocean. Marine species, especially those in the deep sea, have evolved to survive in a […]

The Incredible Shrinking Cups: Welcome to the Cayman Abyss

deep sea, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 5, 2013

One of the great traditions among deep-sea scientists is the shrinking of polystyrene cups by sending them down to our research sites. Polystyrene (or Styrofoam) is mostly empty space. When sent to the bottom of the sea, the massive pressure (an additional atmosphere for every 10 meters depths) squeezes the air out of these empty spaces […]

World’s only giant squid pulls off greatest prank in history

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 1, 2013

There is only one giant squid, her name is Ducky, and she’s orchestrated the greatest prank in history. No, I don’t mean that there’s only one species of giant squid,  Architeuthis dux, as was recently revealed by marine science rising star Inger Winkelmann, although it’s true. I mean that there is only one individual Archituethis […]

Return from the Cayman Abyss: cruise post-mortem and some thoughts on media coverage

deep sea, Life in the Lab, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMarch 1, 2013

At 7 AM EST on Monday, February 25, the ROV Isis rose from the depths of the Cayman Abyss, bringing to a close the 82nd cruise of the RRS James Cook. During JC82, we explored two recently discovered hydrothermal vents fields in the Cayman Trough: Von Damm, named for the late marine geochemist Karen Von […]

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