Archive for April, 2017

Lobsters, interviewed

April 30, 2017

Here’s some time up close and personal with clawed lobsters in Ireland. We get to see the mouth parts actively at work on one. Another is missing one claw, is apparently called a cull, whereas one missing both is called a bullet or dummie. They can apparently grow back claws gradually with each new molting.

Meanwhile, tempura crabs can be ordered over the internet!!


Whales, en espanol

April 28, 2017

Here’s a 25 minute video at the Marine Reserve in Damas Choros Island. It goes quite deep into the ecology of the sea in this area offshore of Chile. Fortunately for me, there are English subtitles. Straight to the “best of” tag for this blog.

also: fish! they can be snacks!!

Brief glimpse of active camo on cuttlefish

April 19, 2017

It just takes a minute to see a cuttlefish use active camouflage as it is stalked by a diver. It’s interesting that it keeps its body at a 90 degree angle to the diver, I guess to be ready to bolt.

When that minute is up, you could buy this book about one of Jacques Cousteau’s chief divers:

Irish nudibranchs!

April 4, 2017

Here we have a lovely white nudibranch that our videographer tells us is a Cadlina Laevis. The interesting thing here is that it’s seen while scuba diving off of Ireland. My earlier prejudice might have been that you can only see cool creatures in places where the water is warm enough to swim year-round. But the Irish Dive Council reminds us there’s many places worth diving around the island. Bundle up, little buddy!

And the only thing I ask is that if you do buy some seaweed snacks, make sure it’s seaweed wasabi. Link below to ad that supports this site.

Not quite “The Wall”: cuttlefish mating

April 1, 2017

Here’s a short video of cuttlefish approaching for the mating ritual. I’m assuming the aggressor is the male, but that may be an anthromorphistic bias. Interesting how the male changes his color back and forth during the ritual. The Encyclopedia of Life says that the gestation period is 30 to 90 days, and they may have 100 to 1000 offspring.

I know this kind of video makes me hungry for Anchovies and Sunflower seeds. Consider buying at the link below: