More new species have been discovered this past week off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador as scientists were using a robot to take pictures and grab samples of coral and sponges. The Canadian scientists were on a 20-day expedition when they started gathering samples from 3 kilometers deep in the ocean. What they found [...]
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The Chambered Nautilus is considered by many scientists to be a living fossil. Why? The Chambered Nautilus, also known as Nautilus Pompilius by its scientific name, is the largest and most common of about six species known to exist. It has remained unchanged for over 400 million years. The nautilus is a mollusk and a [...]
This snake was caught red-handed snacking on several goldfish. When goldfish started missing from a pond, the owner though it was just a heron that was in the neighborhood, but he got quite a surprise when he found an actual garden snake eating a whole goldfish! The snake jumped in the pond, picked up a [...]
THE CRINOID – BELIZE The Crinoid is an ancient creature that stems from the echinoderm family and is a relative of the starfish. This peculiar looking creature appear very plant-like and resembles an aquatic fern. The Crinoid coils its legs very gracefully, as seen in the picture above, and uses its legs to trap small [...]
Now This is Scary! This species of sea cucumber is called the Holothuria Argus and believe it or not, this sea cucumber is humongous! If you were to pick it up, it would be as long as your arms…stretched out. Now that is a scary thought, and I wouldn’t want to be in its presence!
Purple Sea Star This purple sea star was one of the largest and most colorful new species collected by scientists during a recent survey in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The animal’s flamboyant hue and large size suggest that it may have little to fear from predators. And unlike some of its sea-star relatives, this species [...]