Your Parasites' Parasites

The life-sustaining gray whale

(December 28, 2017) If you are presently trying to wake yourself up in a coffee shop, for example, go ahead and fold this paper up and take it home. Wait until you are...

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Cannibal Lancetfish

With bellies full of plastic

(November 16, 2017) In recognition of the poor eating quality of the longnose lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox), parts of this story are written in poor taste. Longnose lancetfish, also known as longsnouted lancetfish and...

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Squid Pro Quo

What big eyes and big beaks they have

(October 19, 2017) First, I'll answer a reader's question about the giant salp from last time: Does it ever get eaten? I answered, "Yes. Everything gets eaten — even you, eventually." However, I...

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The Name of the Blob

What to say in front of the children

(September 14, 2017) On a beach somewhere, a colorful blob is washing up and ignorant parents are calling it "a jellyfish" in front of the children, who respond, "That's not a fish, it's...

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