A Strange Mariner: Velella Velella
Suzan Bellincampi
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
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Lobster Molting Is a Journey of Recycling
Suzan Bellincampi
Lobsters are “indeterminate growers” meaning that they grow their entire life.
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The Truth About Jellyfish Stings
Suzan Bellincampi

Late summer is jellyfish season, and every year, without exception, the question comes up.

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Their Name Is Mud, But These Snails Don't Mind
Suzan Bellincampi

Mud snails are happy to be associated with, covered by, and named for mud.

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Black Sea Bass Bounty
Suzan Bellincampi
Black sea bass is a favorite fish for both its culinary qualities and interesting natural history.
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For Close Look at Underwater World, Scientists Turn to DNA
Alex Elvin
Scientist Jesse Ausubel will talk about his work with environmental DNA at the Vineyard Conservation Society annual meeting next Tuesday.
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Atlantic Octopus Washes Up at Squibnocket
Suzan Bellincampi

Last week, Albert Fischer happened upon a dead octopus that had washed up at Squibnocket Beach.

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Oyster Toadfish Anyone?
Suzan Bellincampi
Looking for something scary? Go deep. Below the waves live creatures that some call nasty, with visages that may frighten.
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Digging Deep for Razor Clams
Suzan Bellincampi
Though edible, stout razor clams are not often seen at fish markets or on menus.
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Spider Crabs and Goose Barnacles
Suzan Bellincampi

Nature is full of curiosities and interesting objects. Two natural mysteries had my attention last week.

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