Category archives for Organisms

We drove by fields of sunflowers the other day, which was a nice change from the usual endless fields of corn and soybeans. And now I see that Caine also has sunflowers on her mind.

Because if you are, you might not want to watch this video of Bryan Fry collecting sea snakes. There’s one scene where he’s got a fist full of multiple venomous snakes all writhing about that might give you the heebie-jeebies.

Friday Cephalopod: You have been seen

In honor of the nomination of Donald Trump, the corpse flowers are blooming all across the country. It’s actually a blessing; the stench of rotting flesh obscures the reek of the putrescence rising from the Republican party.

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Zing! Zap!

This is a pseudocolored image of nematocysts firing. In case you prefer the video…

He had several, because all the cool scientists like cephalopods, and they’re still bottled up and preserved in museums. No word on the status of Darwin’s pet cat.

Watching carefully, I noticed that two other activities added to the commotion: sloughing of skin and defecation. Like other whales, sperm whales shed skin on a regular basis. This may be a mechanism to reduce the risk of infection and to rid the animals of external parasites. As the whales rubbed against one another, the…

Friday Cephalopod: Babies are so cute

But wouldn’t you know it, it’s an endangered species. If it weren’t for that, I’d happily wear Telipogon diabolicus on my lapel everywhere.