Tag Archive: crustacean

Apr 23

The Mighty Morphin’ Water Flea

There are many elaborate ways of defending yourself in nature. The skunk uses a horrific chemical weapon; one type of lizard can squirt blood from its own eyes; and some sea birds literally vomit on their foes. But for the tiny so-called water flea called Daphnia – actually a freshwater crustacean, not a flea – …

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Jan 17

Into the Abyss Part 2: Deep-Sea Monsters

‘I cannot think of the deep sea without shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed.’ So wrote H. P. Lovecraft, American horror author who created the infamous Cthulhu and other monstrous creatures. And if he had ventured to the ocean abyss, he wouldn’t …

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Nov 05

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Sacculina

Barnacles lead mundane lives. They spend their time attached to old piers and sunken ships, waving their tiny arms about all day to grab edible morsels from the water. But one barnacle decided that arm-waving just wasn’t for it and it turned down a more sinister route. It’s the body-snatching barnacle known as Sacculina. As …

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