The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in feeding on the decaying beaks of squid, octopi, and their relatives, according to study leader Katrin Linse of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
Linse and a team of marine biologists from BAS and other institutions hauled up 5,469 specimens belonging to 275 species from the depths of the little-explored sea of the Southern Ocean during a 2008 research cruise.
That year, scientists on the RSS James Clark Rosstook advantage of the thin summer ice to get close to the edge of the ice shelf and bring up the thousands of specimens, including some newly discovered in Antarctic waters. At least 10 percent of all the species collected are new to science, and the figure is likely to rise, Linse said.
…is a species of deep-sea polychaete worm only found at hydrothermal vents in the pacific ocean. As suggested by its common name this worm deals with large amounts of heat given off by the vents. To deal with this the worms have hairy backs for insulation. These hairs are not hairs but are actually colonies of bacteria which help the worm keep cool. In turn the worm has a glad that secretes a mucus which the bacteria feed on. Pompeii worms attach themselves to the vents and form a tube in which they reside, poking their feathery heads out once and awhile to feed and breathe.
Oooh, I’m stepping outside of the box: the vertebrate museum blog is featuring a post about INVERTEBRATES! I will admit I know next to nothing about invertebrates. The same goes for plants/botany — I can memorize and retain the most obscure nomenclature for non-native mammals, but ask me to tell the difference between types of pine trees and I’m stumped (no pun intended). That does not mean I don’t have a growing appreciation for these things, it just means I need to allocate more brain power to biology and less to memorizing Battlestar Galactica trivia.
Many of you guys are marine scientists, entomologists, biologists, zoologists — lend me your knowledge! Let’s turn the tables a bit — click the photos for short descriptions, and then why don’t YOU tell ME something about any of these fantastic creatures?
Spirobranchus giganteus, AKA the Christmas tree worm. found in the tropics, its blood has an affinity for CO (carbon monoxide) that’s 570 times as strong as ours, allowing it to live in extremely poisonous waters. if you try to touch it, it disappears into a shell tube & plugs up the opening. :3
It amazes me, but also freaks me out to know that this is real…This is a macroscopic image of a Polychaete, or bristle worm. They can survive intense sea pressures and some live around deep sea vents, miles below the surface.