Missing, Pink Link? Photograph courtesy David Shale Creatures like this pink, potentially new species of enteropneust acorn worm may have been the ancestors of the first backboned animals, according to expedition member Monty Priede. The MAR-ECO team captured three likely new species of the primitive worm, each in a different color—pink, purple, and white—and with different body shapes. The creatures will be sent for DNA analysis to see if they are indeed key evolutionary links…
Researchers discover what vampire squids eat: It's not what you think
A new paper by MBARI Postdoctoral Fellow Henk-Jan Hoving and Senior Scientist Bruce Robison shows for the first time that, unlike its relatives the octopuses and squids, which eat live prey, the vampire squid uses two thread-like filaments to capture bits of organic debris that sink down from the ocean surface into the deep sea.
Bristle-worms are common under rocks and among kelp in the intertidal region around New Zealand’s coasts. They grow to 30 centimetres in length, and look like giant blue-green centipedes. They move vigorously when disturbed or exposed to light.