Plankton of the world, beware! The melibe sea slug sweeps its hood through the water to catch tiny drifters. Learn more!
If the oarfish, purple giant sea slugs, dolphins and tuna crabs washing up dead on the shores of southern California didn’t scare you, maybe this will. Geologists monitoring a portion of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin have found unusual leaks of helium-3 (3He),...
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Sea hares can grow up to 30 inches long and 15 pounds heavy. If you were to pick one up, however, you might find that they ooze a purplish ink. This ooze may have fooled curious beachgoers into believing they had stumbled upon remnants of a crime scene,
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A giant purple blob from the sea — a slug — is invading East Bay beaches and waterways this summer, and some experts say it may be caused by warmer temperatures near coastal waters. These California sea hares are harmless plant eaters. Show More Summary
They aren’t purple people eaters – they’re giant purple sea slugs! Despite their weird appearances, these blobs showing up on East Bay beaches are more interested in plants than they are in the curious bipedal animals snapping pictures around them. Show More Summary
East Bay residents are shocked at the sudden invasion of unexpected, slimy creatures—and it's not tech bros finding new neighborhoods to gentrify. [ more › ]
Some look like punks, others like clowns. A seasonal census is uncovering a wide variety of sea slug species in a biodiversity hotspot
A team of neuroscientists has determined how a pair of growth factor molecules contributes to long-term memory formation. In their study, the researchers examined GFs in Aplysia californica, the California sea slug. Aplysia is a model...Show More Summary
Top 10 New Species: Cartwheeling Spider, Psychedelic Sea Slug For 20 years, divers off the Japanese coast had wondered what was making mysterious "crop circles" on the ocean floor. In 2014, scientists discovered the culprit behind the...Show More Summary
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Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought -- and they're using sea slugs to prove it. “This research introduces new methods for pulling apart neural circuits to expose their inner building blocks. Our methods could be used to help understand how brain networks change in disease states and how drugs act to restore normal brain function,” authors say.
Summary: It’s time for some Russian background information, and we learn about the screwy Colonel Lingerin Douglanikov (who used to employ Dennis and Simon) and the machine-like Drakon. They are big-time weapons dealers, but even Drakon...
Scientists have confirmed for the first time that one extraordinary species of sea slug 'steals' genes from the algae it eats, which enables it to photosythesize like a plant and gain energy from sunlight. This exceptionally weird phenomenon is one of the
Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded. @@ Climate Change: The Elevator Pitch These sea slugs are now invading northern California. Gary McDonald, Courtesy of UC Santa Cruz OO Pink Sea Slug Masses Migrate To...Show More Summary
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Several species of sea slugs can actually photosynthesize like plants, harnessing energy from the sun to produce food. Perhaps the most impressive example is a little green creature called Elysia chlorotica, which can eat algae when it’s very young and then spend the rest of its 10-month life...
The brilliant green sea slug Elysia chloroctica doesn't just look like the leaf of a plant: It functions like one, too. When it's supper time, the slug uses chloroplasts taken from local algae to photosynthesize for itself. That's not news: Scientists have known about the chloroplast theft since the 1970s. Show More Summary
For decades, scientists have puzzled over how a certain sea slug acquires the ability to photosynthesize after ingesting algae. An advanced imaging technique now confirms that the slugs are literally stealing genes from the algae. It's considered the first example of "horizontal gene transfer" in a multicellular organism. Read more...
How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time 'feeding' on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study. The authors present the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug's chromosomes have some genes that come from the algae it eats.