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The Census of Marine Life has just released a study of the ocean creatures living in the Arctic and the Antarctic with a startling revelation: 235 identical species thrive in the waters around the North and South Poles, despite the distance 11,000 kilometers between them. The nemertean pelogonemertes rollestoni and its oddly shaped see-through stomach…

Arctic Wolves and the Neighborhood Birds

Some very cool BBC vids of arctic wolves getting pestered by snowy owls, then doing some pestering of their own. Both videos are below the fold because, unfortunately, we can’t seem to prevent them from both running automatically and don’t want you to startle your cubicle mate unintentionally.

Where Little Mermaids Fear to Tread

The Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity Project (ANDEEP) has been working on an unprecedented project to document marine life near the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. 80% of the isopods identified are entirely new species. Another species, foraminifera, single celled organisms with decorative shells, have also been identified in the waters beneath the North Pole. It…

In a sad follow up to the story posted this morning, Hope, the bearded seal who swam all the way from the Arctic to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, died at Sea World this afternoon. Scientists do not yet know his exact cause of death, but he was significantly dehydrated, malnourished and exhausted when he was captured.