In an effort to maintain fewer social media accounts, I’m moving all Science Comix stuff to my regular Tumblr: tidepooltostars
I’ve got a mini comic up there about the new “swamp pig hippo” Jaggermeryx and a new full length science comic coming soon.
Here’s a preview of my next comic! It should be up in a week.
Can you name all the critters? (They’re not to scale with each other. And you get bonus points for my extremely vague and anatomically incorrect lizard.)
Check out this awesome short video of a vampire squid using its cute little butt flaps to swim around <3
Mystery of the deep! Yesterday we added a deep-sea vampire squid to our Tentacles special exhibition—the first time this species has ever been displayed.
Learn more on our blog
This is a flapjack octopus, and I think they’re my new favorite squid <3 <3 <3
From MBARI: “This flapjack octopus in the genus Opisthoteuthis was photographed 330 meters (about 1,080 feet) below the surface in Monterey Bay. Flapjack octopus can swim by moving their fins, pulsing their webbed arms, pushing water through their funnel for jet propulsion, or all three at once. They often swim up off the bottom and hover a bit just above the seafloor, looking for small crustaceans, worms, and other food.”
Photo by the Monterey Bay Research Institute (mbari-blog). Researchers there and at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (montereybayaquarium) are studying flapjack octopuses (and right now you can see some in MBA’s “Tentacles” exhibit!).
Walrus-faced dolphin + Narwhal = Best Friends Forever!
I updated my Walrus-Faced Dolphin Comic from yesterday to make the left tusk a more appropriate length, as recommended by paleontologist Christian de Muizon (who wrote the paper about these guys). Thank you sir!
I need to go to Japan and stock up on adorable isopod plushies.
(Source: theremina, via skunkbear)