Anna Zeidman introduces pyrosomes, “fiery bodies” that create brilliant underwater light shows and grow into giant swimming colonies. We originally posted this episode at the New York Times, where you can read more.
This episode of CreatureCast was narrated by Samuel Lanier. The music is by Lee Rosevere.
This episode was shot in 2013 on a research cruise aboard the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s research vessel Western Flyer. We joined Steve Haddock’s lab to collect siphonophores with blue water SCUBA diving and the remotely operated underwater vehicle Doc Ricketts. More details on the cruise are available at MBARI.
The music is by Gillicuddy. A shorter cut of this video is available at vimeo.
The siphonophore Hippopodius hippopus is usually transparent, but when disturbed it suddenly becomes milky white. We originally posted this episode at the New York Times, where you can read more.
This episode was made by Pathikrit Bhattacharyya. The music is by Lee Rosevere, Alex Gross and Thiaz Itch.
Cuttlefish have extraordinary dynamic camouflage – they can change both the color and texture of their skin. We originally posted this episode at the New York Times, where you can read more.
This episode was produced by Jacob Gindi. The music is by Akajules.
An increase in average complexity across life through time is not evidence that evolution is biased towards increased complexity. I illustrate this point with a simulation, following up on discussions with Amy Maxmen about her piece on the evolution of complexity in Nautilus.
The green urchin and the pencil urchin are alike in many ways, but their differences matter in a big way when it comes to their ecological impacts. We originally posted this episode at the New York Times, where you can read more.
Made by Sofia Castello y Tickell, a research assistant, and Robert Lamb, a graduate student. Both are in Jon Witman’s laboratory.The music is by Jahzzar.
Glaucus harvests the defenses of its prey and uses them against its own predators. We originally posted this episode at the New York Times, where you can read more.
Produced by Lauren Cheung. The Glaucus illustration is based on the beautiful photo by Taro Taylor. The music is “Thinking of you” by Gillicuddy.
Many organisms move with cilia. Most, like Stentor, are small. The ctenophores (also known as comb jellies) are an exception – they are the largest animals to use cilia for swimming. Ctenophore cilia refract light into beautiful pulses of color as they move. Sid Tamm recently published an excellent review of of ctenophore cilia (unfortunately the full text is only available to those with a journal subscription).
Filmed and edited by Stefan Siebert. Original music written and performed by Bryn Bliska. We originally posted this episode at the New York Times.
Nina Ruelle tells the story of Tyrian Purple, a dye created from the marine snail known as Bolinus brandaris. For more information, please see the article at the New York Times where we originally presented the piece.
This episode features the song “humm ok” by Gablé .
Shuyi Chiou’s animation explains the implications of the Central Limit Theorem. To learn more, please visit the original article where we presented this animation in the New York Times.
The song is Franz Danzi’s Wind Quintet Op 67 No 3 In E-Flat Major, 4 Allegretto, performed by the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet. The narration is by Pathikrit Bhattacharyya. Further work by Ms. Chiou can be found at her site.