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Category Archives: Sea life
By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt People are incredibly curious about how turtles have sex. This blog gets fairly good traffic based mainly on the search term “how do turtles have sex.” I wrote about turtle sex once, about two years ago. Based … Continue reading
By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt I’m in research mode today. I was reading The Disappearing Spoon last week (it’s a fun book, I recommend it), and the author mentioned that Rosalind Franklin used squid sperm in her DNA studies. The author didn’t … Continue reading
By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Shark news update! While beachgoers in Florida worry about a shark attack off St. Augustine, shark behavior research goes strong. First — A shameless plug. I had to investigate when I ran into a reference to Dr. … Continue reading
By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Let’s start with the basics: sperm and egg. When an animal sperm cell meets an egg cell, it has to pass a test. The proteins on the surface of the sperm cell must bind with proteins on … Continue reading
By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt A friend once asked me, “Do mermaids have swim bladders?” I didn’t think so, but my mermaid biology is a bit shaky. Do mermaids carry live young or lay eggs? They appear to have mammary glands, yet the … Continue reading
By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Tomorrow is Bug Sex Friday on the blog, but here’s a fun fact to entertain you until then: Unlike humans, sharks do not depend on blood flow to get erections. Male sharks actually allow sea water to … Continue reading