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Fisherman catches cosmopolitan planktonic tunicate. You’ll never guess what various news agencies are calling it.

biology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 22, 2014

“Translucent fish leaves New Zealand fisherman stunned” ~UK Metro “Shrimp-like Translucent Sea Creature Found off Northland’s East Coast” ~Science World Report “Now that’s a jelly fish! Stunned fisherman catches wobbly shrimp-like creature” ~Daily Mail And another half-dozen variations on translucent, fish, shrimp, and baffled. This creature, whose image has gone viral in the last few […]

#TaxonomyFail: Salps, Jellyfish, and the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMay 1, 2012

I’m a bit late to the party, but last week, several news outlets reported that the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant was taken offline by “jellyfish-like creatures” that clogged several cooling intakes. While most sources were careful to point out that these were “jellyfish-like” organisms, some secondary sources truncated the description and announced that “Nuclear […]

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