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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Life and Times of the Ancient Lamprey
Suzan Bellincampi

The lamprey, a jawless fish that resembles an eel, has been called the most hideous fish in the world.

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No Matter the Name, Having a Sea Ball
Suzan Bellincampi

Sea balls are orbs of vegetative (and sometimes synthetic) matter that appear on beaches. Reports of these spectacles are few and far between.

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For the Love of Crabs (and Crab Cakes)
Suzan Bellincampi

In our house, food is love, but spending an afternoon cracking claws and picking the meat from a mess of crabs shows both affection and dedication.

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Brown Sharks Are All Bark and No Bite
Suzan Bellincampi

In the case of the brown shark, you probably won’t ‘need a bigger boat.’ 

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Introducing Salps, Amazing Creatures of the Open Ocean
Suzan Bellincampi

Last Sunday, State Beach was invaded by millions of jelly-like organisms, and folks wanted to know what they were.

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