Megamouth washes ashore in the Philippines

Megamouth shark in the Philippines

An incredibly neat and rare sighting of a megamouth shark has been confirmed in the Philippines. They are related to the basking shark and feed off of plankton and jellyfish. Not much is known about their range because they are so rarely seen in the wild.

I imagine they probably don’t have huge population numbers, and reside in the vast stretches of open ocean rarely traversed by humans, like the middle of the Indian Ocean and Southern Pacific.


Record Size Warsaw Grouper caught off coast of Louisiana


Look at this incredible specimen! It is astounding how large this family of fish can get if left to live full lives. It is interesting to note that many of the recent large catches have been around the bases of offshore oil rigs. Would make for an interesting study of a microhabitat in the immediate vicinity of rigs.


Immortality, thanks to a jellyfish

From polyp to medusa and back. The Jellyfish’s life is circular in all aspects

Could the lowly jellyfish hold the secrets to immortality?

Possibly. Scientists have recently discovered that many jellyfish are made of cells that live much longer than those found in any other organism.

How is this possible? Well my theory is that the telomeres in the DNA are much longer or are much less truncated during cell replication, which leads to longer cell life and improved replication integrity. However, the fact that jellies have very few ‘moving parts’ that wear out is also a valid postulation. They are simple and elegant creatures which possess only what they need to survive. That sounds like a recipe for success to me!

Apple Maps Loch Ness Monster?


Apple Maps Loch Ness Monster?

Apparently, you can find Nessie via Apple Map’s satellite view feature. Whether or not this is true is up for you to decide, but I will warn ardent believers that this is likely the work of a mischievous programmer or an image sensor error. As a biologist, not sure if Nessie is supposed to resemble a giant Sturgeon.

UPDATE: As if you really needed this to be debunked by someone, this is just the wake of a ship that frequents the lake on tours. Nessie is safe once more!

Two-headed Bull shark fetus found


Pretty neat stuff here Рone of the only SIX recorded cases of a two headed shark in human existence. Even stranger, this is the first time this has been recorded in Bull Sharks.

Of course, this shark would not survive in the wild, and thanks to some observant fishermen, we now have a great specimen to study the mutational genetics of shark populations.

The Kraken is finally caught (on film)


Wow! The incredibly elusive giant squid has finally been caught on film, 2,000 feet under the surface in the Pacific Ocean. The world will have to wait for the reveal – it won’t be shown until the season finale of Discovery Networks Curiosity show.

I’ve got my DVR ready to go!