A Bizarre New Species of Mollusk Eats Rocks, Poops Sand, and Shapes Rivers
Lithoredo abatanica, a very weird shipworm found in a river in the Philippines, represents both a new species and genus.
Global Warming Is Wiping Out Marine Animals Faster Than Land Dwellers
A study of 406 cold-blooded animals revealed that climate change is already pushing marine species to their thermal limits.
Scientists Identify the First-Known Omnivorous Shark
The bonnethead shark's diet is about 60% seagrass according to new research.
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Slug Mucus Is So Sticky, It Inspired a New Kind of Surgical Glue
These super strong medical adhesives can be used to patch tissue defects or help wounds heal.
Robotic Mussels Are Here to Help Save the World
Temperature-recording mussels are being placed next to their real counterparts to monitor climate change.
California Abalone Are as Delicious as They Are Creepy
Abalone have a long and checkered history in California, having gone from a population surge in the 18th century to near-decimation in recent decades. But one Monterey Bay-based farm is producing these sweet, weird-looking mollusks sustainably.
Meet the Man Who Invented Sexless Oysters
Because oysters take on a very particular flavor during spawning season, geneticist Standish Allen created a sexless, freak oyster that could be consumed year-round.
This Mollusk's Exoskeleton Is Covered in Hundreds of Tiny Eyes
Let's build armor that can monitor its own integrity, just like the chiton can.
The World’s Tiniest Snail Is Microcute
Acmella nana measures only half a millimeter wide and about 0.70 millimeters high.
Snails Have Long Been the Lobsters of Cretan Cuisine
"We go out at night, with a lamp, and then 'THROOP!' [makes a snagging gesture with his hand]—the kohli. Then we keep them for a month, feeding them macaroni or pasta and using water to clean them out."
This Snail’s Reflective Stripes Could Be Used for Augmented Reality Platforms
The limpet owes its shiny shell to a unique reflective structure beneath the surface.
This Snail’s Teeth Could Stop Bullets if They Weren’t So Small
The limpets’ teeth are stronger than a bullet proof vest, according to researchers, making them the strongest known material in the natural world.