In 1954, Godzilla was 164 feet tall. With each successive appearance over the past 60 years, his height has increased, so that he now stands at 492 feet. Not bad, given that it took cetaceans 55 million years to go from 8.2 feet to 98 feet in length. Can evolutionary theory help explain Godzilla's rapid growth spurts?
Osedax mucofloris is one of my all-time favorite sea creatures. Why? Osedax mucofloris literally translates to "bone-eating snot-flower," which, let's face it, is pretty much the greatest scientific name ever.
The crew of marine-minded misfits running the show at Deep Sea News recently posted a rebuttal to Treehugger's well-meaning, but ultimately ingenuous, list of 10 Reasons Why Dolphins Are Undeniably Awesome. DSN's list? 10 reasons that dolphins are raging assholes.
Last week, a softball-sized eyeball washed ashore in Florida. At the time, researcher Charles Messing guessed the eye belonged to a swordfish. A day later, Deep Sea News' Craig McClain got in touch with Sönke Johnsen, "an expert on everything visual in marine organisms" (awesome, right?). Johnsen told McClain the…
When many people hear the word "biodiversity," they immediately think of tropical rainforests, or coral reefs; but as this picture demonstrates, biodiversity is a concept that ought to be more closely associated with the ocean floor, as well.