The ocean's most horrifying monster is a parasite you've never heard of

Over at Deep Sea News, RR Helm has dished out all the grisly details on rhizocephala, a class of barnacle that looks NOTHING like the barnacle you're imagining in your head and spends its days parasitizing crabs, in a way that outstrips the imagination of even the most sadistic horror writers. » 10/25/13 4:17pm 10/25/13 4:17pm

Marine biologists call this borg-like organism the unicorn of the sea

Large portions of the internet think the narwhal is the unicorn of the sea. Large portions of the internet are wrong. That title clearly belongs to the pyrosome, pictured here. As is often the case with legendary animals, images of giant pyrosomes tend to be low-resolution. But unlike Bigfoot or Nessie, pyrosomes are… » 8/01/13 9:00am 8/01/13 9:00am

The world's oceans need their own NASA-style agency

The oceans of Earth remain largely unexplored, but not for lack of technological innovation — and certainly not for lack of interest. Biologists, geologists, physicists, chemists, meteorologists — nearly every conceivable scientific field benefits from ocean research. But marine science, and deep sea science… » 10/17/12 6:35am 10/17/12 6:35am

The mystery of Florida's monster eyeball has been solved

Last week, a softball-sized eyeball washed ashore in Florida. At the time, researcher Charles Messing guessed the eye belonged to a swordfish. A day later, Deep Sea News' Craig McClain got in touch with Sönke Johnsen, "an expert on everything visual in marine organisms" (awesome, right?). Johnsen told McClain the… » 10/15/12 12:30pm 10/15/12 12:30pm

What are the very punniest scientific names?

You've gotta give it up for creative taxonomists — the scientists responsible for naming, and thereby classifying, newly discovered species. Without them, we'd never have species with names like the ant pictured above, who is named after a science fiction institution. (See if you can guess who it is — it's very » 8/24/11 2:20pm 8/24/11 2:20pm