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Creature Feature: Cuttlefish

You’ve most likely heard of squid and octopii, but have you ever seen their close relative, the Cuttlefish (Order: Sepiidae)?!  There are about 120 species of cuttlefish around the world, exhibiting an amazing array of behaviors and fascinating physiological adaptations. Like … Continue reading

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Creature Feature: Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus), sometimes known as the harlequin or painted mantis shrimp, are found in the warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans. While commonly known for their bright coloration, the peacock mantis shrimp has one … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Band-tailed Pigeon

The Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas faciata) is a native to California, and is the largest extant member of the dove family in North America. It is the closest relative to the now extinct Passenger Pigeon, which was the largest pigeon in … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Megamouth Shark

In 1976, a large shark got entangled in the sea anchor of the US Navy ship AFB-14 off the coast of Hawaii. When it was finally brought to the surface and examined, the 4.6 meter long shark was found to … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Hagfish

Hagfish, which is a group of organisms that make up the class Myxini which has about 70 extant species, are vertebrates that have a skull, but no jaws. They are strange and illuminating and wonderful organisms. They are strange for … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Hoatzin

  The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), pronounced “wat-sen,” is one of the strangest and most fascinating birds around. With an appearance like a miniature dinosaur, the hoatzin is the only extant member of its taxonomic order, the Opisthocomiformes.  Hailing from South America, … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Butterflies of the Sea

There are butterflies floating in the oceans all around the world. Usually only about a centimeter long, these beautiful, tiny creatures are actually snails that live their whole lives as plankton in the currents near the ocean’s surface. Sea Butterflies … Continue reading

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