2015 is turning into the year of the ref. Officials struck again on Monday night, leaving their mark all over the Patriots' 20-13 win. MONDAY NIGHT REFEREES: The Patriots survived a slug fest with the Bill to move to 10-0 on the season, but the real story was the terrible officiating. Show More Summary
This is the sea slug Glaucus atlanticus, called the Blue Dragon. Isn’t it lovely? It gnaws on Portuguese Man O’ Wars (men o’ wars?), eating the nematocysts and concentrating the toxins in those many pointy dark blue frills. Look at them and admire their beauty, but do not touch.
The sea slug Glaucus atlanticus is beautiful, deadly, and strange.
Biologists have a habit of naming things after cool animals. Cars named after comb jellies, internet passwords after giant squid. Most of these names I recognized, but then I saw my friend’s wifi signal: “Phylliroe”, an animal name I’d never heard before. It took me a while to figure out who this odd and honorary […]
Neuroscientists have discovered a novel mechanism for memory formation. Voltage-sensitive dye imaging of the swim motor program of the sea slug Tritonia reveals that some neurons possess characteristics that predispose them to join neural networks in which learning is taking place. The findings represent a shift from the field's long-term focus on synaptic plasticity.
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Halimeda incrassata is a type of seaweed, and it’s pretty badass for an algae. But none of its defenses deter the sea slug Elysia tuca.
The more we study the oceans, the clearer it becomes that the land got screwed in terms of the quality of our soft invertebrates. This diaphanous, scrimshawed angel is the ocean’s version of the slug. It’s vicious, but it’s beautiful. Read more...
Feeling sluggish? Take a nudi-break with some of our resident nudibranchs! You can see the Spanish Shawl (left) and Opalescent (right) in our Splash Zone. These sea slugs’ vibrant colors warn predators that they’ll have to contend with a potent mix of stinging cells and toxins.
Perhaps not literally—they smell rather salty and wet in the wild… Nudibranchs—sea slugs with exposed, “naked” gills—are renowned for their expansive and flashy wardrobes. And few are more ostentatious than the hot-pink Hopkins rose (Okenia rosacea). Show More Summary
What's In My Apple Juice!? A disgusting alien-thing was found in a couple’s carton of apple juice on the weekend.No one knows what the blob is, but it looks like a cross between a slug and a condom.Lorna Fisher said she and her boyfriend...Show More Summary
The species of this colorful sea slug is Goniobranchus splendidus, spotted by John Turnbull in Austraila’s Port Stephens.
Ocean acidification is known to trigger deleterious effects on several marine photosynthetic invertebrates. Photosymbiosis, whereby photosynthetic microorganisms or organelles live inside an animal (host) is widespread in the marine biota, underlying a wide range of ecologically and biogeochemically significant processes that remain largely unclear. Show More Summary
Sap-sucking sea slugs do exactly what they sound like they do: They go up to seaweed and suck the sap out of it, and they do it fastidiously. But it’s the way that they do it that makes them so unusual. Read more...
Costasiella kuroshimae, known commonly as Leaf Sheep, is an ocean-dwelling grazer, though unrelated to its namesake. The Leaf Sheep is a species of sea slug that munches on algae instead of grass. Reaching a length of 5 mm, the tiny aquatic slug has the
Opalescent nudibranchs may not look dangerous but they can be if you’re a sea slug. When two of them meet head-to-head, they’re likely to lunge into a biting battle. If one meets the tail of another and gets the first bite, it usually wins the battle and consumes the loser. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1M7VesE
It’s unclear how they fund it, but the sea slug community appears to be employing some serious PR power lately. It’s hard getting word out that you’re incredibly beautiful and/or outrageously cute when you’re tiny and live on the ocean floor. Show More Summary
First sea bunnies, now sea sheep? >> http://t.co/LYGFFMYJOqpic.twitter.com/2F6n34RuIv — AnimalPlanet (@AnimalPlanet) July 22, 2015 This is Costasiella kuroshimae -- the Leaf Sheep. It's appropriately named because it looks like a sheep with green wool. Show More Summary
These are a bunch of shots of Leaf Sheep (Costasiella kuroshimae), a species of sea slug that looks like a cartoon sheep and is capable of photosynthesizing algae inside its little penis shaped dingle thingies (I'm a biologist). What's...Show More Summary
Meet the cutest sea slug ever?