The majestic St. Lawrence River, a jewel of economic, historical and environmental importance, reminds us of the need to preserve this essential ecosystem.
The waters of the St. Lawrence are running out of breath and bottom-dwelling organisms are already feeling the effects. Here’s how ecosystems are reacting.
Octopuses are enigmatic beings whose experiences of industrial farming are likely to be profound.
The population of River Thames freshwater mussels has declined by almost 95% since 1964.
A new survey has revealed an alarming deterioration in the health of the River Thames ecosystem – but some of the recorded changes may be the result of a cleaner river.
Only half of New Zealand’s roughly 4,000 mollusc species have been seen alive. Now geneticists can decode DNA from shells in museum collections to trace the life histories of extinct or rare species.
Antarctic hydrothermal vents.;
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Among the dozens of endangered species, is a spiky snail named after The Clash lead singer, Joe Strummer.
Scientists don’t just want to unravel the mysteries of slug sex for voyeurism.
Scientists built a small database showing which animals do and don’t fart. Not every animal in the world is on there, but it does have moon snails listed as a no.
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One thing I can tell you is that a snail’s bottom is right over its head.
Very few people have ever had the patience to study how long garden snails live in the wild.
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It has been reported that at least one snail lived as many as 14 years in captivity. His name was George and he lived in Hawaii, in the United States.
Snail shells appear to be part of the creatures’ immune system.
Almost all production of freshwater fish includes Tilapia.
In light of World Oceans Day, it’s important to note the important role aquaculture can have on the continent.
Some sea animals with smooth shells can dig themselves into the sand in just a few seconds.
Maëlle, 7, wants to know why some shells are smooth, while others are corrugated. It turns out that while corrugated shells are strong, smooth shells can move fast.
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Super-fertile slugs from the continent have bred with their cousins in the UK.
Plastic fragments found in dissected fish.
Algalita Marine Research and Education
Dave West from the environmental group Boomerang Alliance told Fairfax that if you’ve got an average seafood diet in Australia, you’re probably ingesting about 11,000 plastic pieces a year. Is that right?
The California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides, has distinctive blue ‘eye’ spots on either side of its head.
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A peek inside the genome of the octopus gives some hints as to what makes it such a remarkable creature is so many ways.
Reconstruction of a 390 million year-old multiplacaphoran … easy when you know how.
Jakob Vinther/University of Texas at Austin.
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