California Sea Hare: Aplysia californica: sticky secretions save sea hares from predatores.
Black Sea Hare (Aplysia vaccaria)
There are good things to see in the tide pools, and there are exciting and interesting thoughts to be generated from seeing… It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.
Crowd-funding is the coolest new way to fund science research. I even got an email through coral-list about it this morning.
JR here is looking into the sex of (critically endangered) sea bass. The funds will pay for a data-logging hydrophone (underwater camera) that costs $6000 + and is crucial for the research.
Put good out in the world, you never know when you’ll need it in return. And who doesn’t want to know more about Giant Fish Sex?
Q:Let me ask that question again, does a field for intertidal (life) ethology exist? And are there any book recommendations for such a field? Thanks!
Yes there is a field for intertidal Ethology. Much like I am a Primatologist / Zoologist / Ethologist, someone who is focusing on the behavior of intertidal animals would consider themselves a Marine Biologist (or Ecologist) / Zoologist / Ethologist.
Ethology is one of those fantastic fields of science that intersects with so many other fields that you can really tailor it to suit your particular research interests. Of course the downside is that you will rarely find a program that says “[insert your particular focus] ETHOLOGY HERE”. Instead look for grad schools, professors, and organizations that focus in your area of interest.
Goodness knows intertidal Ecology and Ethology is a huge deal right now on the West Coast of the US with the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome going on. We need all the researchers we can get.
As for book recommendations, I am sad to say that my bookshelf is lacking in this area. I tend to be a vertebrate-centric person (although cephalopods have a special place in my heart), and so I do not have many titles on this subject.
Perhaps science tumblr can help add to this?
(thesmileoctopus, I’m looking at you)
That being said, I do have a few suggestions for you…
Thanks! Defiantly adding to my reading list.