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2010-04-07 12:32:37

Habitat information important to track as ocean waters warm New research is shedding light on the preferred habitat of the northern squid, Gonatus fabricii - a key but often overlooked species in Arctic marine food webs. Squid, along with octopus and bobtail squid (Rossia spp.), play an important role as prey in Arctic waters for species such as narwhal, beluga, seals, cod and Greenland halibut. But, says Kathleen Gardiner, a PhD candidate in the Biological Sciences Department of the...

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2010-03-04 08:10:00

Remarkable Strategy Evolved to Avoid Predators On the open sand plains of the Caribbean seafloor, where soft-bodied animals are routinely exposed to predators, camouflage can be key to survival. Perhaps no group of animals is quite as adept at blending in with its surroundings as cephalopods, who along with relatives the cuttlefish and squid, have evolved a unique skin system that can instantaneously change their appearance. In the February 2010 issue of The Biological Bulletin, MBL Senior...

2009-12-11 19:14:35

Joint project between PTB and its US counterpart NIST might advance simple and cost effective diagnostical methods The "magnetically best shielded room on earth" has the size of an apartment block and is located on the site of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Institute Berlin. Magnetic fields such as that of the earth are kept out here as effective as nowhere else. Such ideal conditions allow to measure the tiny magnetic fields of, e.g., the human heart. This was the...

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2009-11-13 07:55:00

Breeding program offers new opportunities to understand a little-studied species, and introduce the public to these fascinating creatures Anchored to an algae-covered rock in a 120-gallon tank at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium, a cluster of inky-colored cuttlefish eggs is beginning to swell"”evidence of success for the Academy's new captive breeding program for dwarf cuttlefish, Sepia bandensis. The program, pioneered by Academy biologist Richard Ross, is the...

2009-10-06 12:09:00

CANNES, France, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- NHK, NHK Enterprises, Science Channel and Atlantic Productions have teamed up for the largest-ever international quest for a living giant squid. Though scientists have tried for decades to find this creature in its natural habitat, researchers have had but the merest glimpse of this notoriously reclusive animal. Through a new multi-million dollar expedition, scientists will study, for the first time, Architeuthis dux in its native environment and...

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2009-09-22 12:30:00

The Interior Department said on Monday that U.S. scientists in the Gulf of Mexico unexpectedly netted a 19.5-foot giant squid off the coast of Louisiana, demonstrating how little is known about life in the deep waters of the Gulf, Reuters reported. Experts said the rare species had not been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico since 1954, when a giant squid was found floating dead off the Mississippi Delta. A research vessel caught the 103-pound squid more than 1,500 feet underwater while using a...

2009-07-23 13:45:12

Reports about swimmers menaced by giant squids off San Diego raised the ire of marine biologist Brad Seibel who found the awesome monsters are really timid. And, afraid of the light. I want to spread the word that they aren't the aggressive man-eaters as they have been portrayed, said Seibel who has taken moonlight swims surrounded by a big gang of squids. For years Seibel, a biologist at the University of Rhode Island, had heard stories claiming that a Humboldt squid will devour a dog in...

2009-07-23 10:01:16

News reports last week about scuba divers off San Diego being menaced by large numbers of Humboldt's or jumbo squid have raised the ire of University of Rhode Island biologist Brad Seibel. As a leading expert on the species who has dived with them several times, he calls the reports "alarmist" and says the squid's man-eating reputation is seriously overblown.For years Seibel has heard stories claiming that Humboldt squid will devour a dog in minutes and could kill or maim unsuspecting...

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2009-07-13 12:55:06

An offshore earthquake that shook the Southern California coastline early Saturday might have confused several giant squid, sending them up on the beach. The squid were first spotted at La Jolla Shores beach about 45 minutes after the 4.0 magnitude earthquake came.  The Humboldt squid were between 3 feet to 4 feet long and weighed-in at almost 40 pounds.  "It's like their equilibrium is all messed up and they don't know what they're doing and they can't back out there," Bill...

2009-07-11 23:43:53

An offshore earthquake that rattled the Southern California coastline early Saturday may have confused squid, sending them toward a beach. The squid were first spotted at La Jolla Shores beach about 45 minutes after the 7:30 a.m. quake, San Diego 6 reported. The squid, most of them 3 feet to 4 feet long, not only turned up in shallow water, they moved up onto the beach. Some swimmers and joggers launched an informal squid rescue, getting the invertebrates back in the water. Scientists say the...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'