Category Archives: Sea life

Let’s talk turtle sex

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

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Squid sperm to the rescue

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

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From “Shark Lady” to shark soup

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

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The science and magic of hybrid animals

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

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Mermaid reproduction and science mysteries

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

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Shark claspers and under-water erections

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

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The mysteries of trilobite sex

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt While working on this blog, I’ve been reminded that “sex sells.” Indeed, Playboy magazines have been flying off the shelves since 1953. Humans like sex. But as much as humans claim to know the secrets of sex, … Continue reading

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