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The Artful Amoeba

Deepsea Challenge Hits Theaters; Here’s the Biology Behind the Film


Note: James Cameron’s National Geographic film “Deepsea Challenge 3D” documenting his trip to Challenger Deep at the bottom of the Mariana Trench has been released at last — to about 300 “select theaters” on August 8. So far, critics’ reviews have been mixed, with some saying that the movie is long on Cameron and short [...]

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The Artful Amoeba

The Swimming Sea Cucumber and the Exploding Paint Pack

Sea cucumbers aren’t all boring, trundling bags. Some of them swim — and glow. Though I opted to focus on creatures found at greater depths in my last post, one of the creatures observed by the Deepsea Challenger expedition in the New Britain Trench at a relatively shallow 1000 meters was just such a swimming [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Chinese demand threatens Philippine sea cucumbers

sea cucumbers face extinction

Human consumption of several species of sea cucumbers in the Philippines could soon drive them extinction, according to Cesario R. Pagdilao, deputy executive director of the Philippine Council for Aquatic Marine Research and Development. There are more than 1,200 known species of sea cucumbers (in the class Holothuroidea) around the world. Of the 100 species [...]

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