marine organisms

Bryostatin 1 - is a macrolide isolated from the bryozoan marine organism, Bugula neritina, and is a potent modulator of protein kinase C (PKC). It has been investigated for the treatment of cancer and AIDS/HIV. There is some evidence that it improves cognition and ability activities in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease.

Typically measuring ~88 centimeters (but with recordings found up to 104 centimeters), the venomous golden cow-nose rays migrate in groups of up to 10,000 as they make their way towards their summer feeding grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Marine aliens by Adolf Schaller, from Terence Dickinson’s Extraterrestrials: A Field Guide For Earthlings. Convergence is a big theme here, environmental pressures dictating superficial similarities to terrestrial forms.

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Taxon: Cephalochordata

Lancelets are small, invertebrate marine organisms that are unique in that the notochord (skeletal rod) extends beyond the anterior end of the dorsal nerve tube. These suspension feeders burrow into shallow sediments with just the head protruding. Seawater enters the pharynx and passes through the pharyngeal slits where food is filtered and passed to the intestine. 

Photograph from: www.noelways.com