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Leopard Slug Sex

It might not seem like the an 8 inch long leopard slug could put on an amazing sex show. After all, they can be real slimeballs. But actually, these hermaphroditic gastropod mollusks’ sexual behavior is quite… well… beautiful. video link: The foreplay for the fertilization, which consists of a lot of licking and nibbling, can…

The Delicate Sea Angel

A small floating sea slug, clionidae or “sea angels” are ferocious little predators that hunt the “sea butterfly,” Limacina helicina. When tasty sea butterflies get close, sea angels shoot out tentacles, grasp the prey with hooks and extract the body completely out of the shell to swallow it whole. Incidentally, this is also how my…

The Evolution of Yarn

There’s no interesting news. It appears all the world’s animals have finally been discovered, their strange mating behaviors documented, and their interest in acting all crazy for YouTube evaporated. But we are undaunted. We will make the logical transition and become a knitting blog. Once again, we bring you critters from Mochimochi Land complete with…

A husband and wife scientist team in England has devised a titillating means of identifying oncoming illnesses in patients by using a bioluminescent mollusk called a piddock. Dr. Jan Knight and Dr. Robert Knight have already started using their method on the English Olympic sailing team to help monitor their health before the impending games.…

In 2006 two eager shell collectors hauled in some small but strangely shaped mollusks in deep water off Key West, Florida. Like the good animal nerds they were, they brought their findings to a shell collectors convention in Mobile, Alabama where the Director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island, Jose H. Leal, took…

Snails versus Slugs (and Friends)!

We have brought you the outstanding time lapse photography of Mochimochi Land in the past, but these new works are breathtaking. No-holds-barred snail on slug rumpus! “The Great Foot Race!” Friends below the fold

24×7 Hot Mussel Action

This sexy mussel is burning up the web right now. Totally free and posing just for you, watch in real-time as this flirty bivalve does its thing. Riveting live feed courtesy of Flex Mussels restaurant on Prince Edward Island.

Radiohead Goes Down Market

Way down apparently. Video editor Tyler Helms has taken footage from the stunning Microcosmos and paired it with the Radiohead’s track “All I Need.” Kind of like Animal Planet meets MTV.

The Qatar National History Group, a Qatari (Qatarian, Qatarese?), nature outing group, recently discovered what is believed to be a new species of sea slug. The pictures of the colorful critter were reviewed by Dr. Bill Rudman, head of the Sea Slug Forum, and he believes it bears resemblance to a sea slug last seen…

Fisherman hauled the world’s largest squid ever caught out of the icy Antarctic waters last month. Since then, it has been kept on ice while scientists ponder how to prepare it for permanent display at the University of New Zealand. Larger than giant squid, colossal squid range from 40-65 feet long. This specimen weighed 1,090…