Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Deep Sea ID App for iPhone

Just a few days ago the Natural History Museum released an iPhone app that contains taxonomic information for over 20, 000 deep sea species, with eerie pictures and all. This is pretty much the first app that's been able to tear me away from my new obsession with Vine.
Deep Sea ID is a field guide interface to the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS) that currently stores on your device (for offline access) the taxonomic information for over 20,000 deep-sea species, over 350 high-resolution photographs of deep-sea specimens as well as links to online taxonomic tools, sources and important references. The app is designed for the scientific community but also offers a visual tour of the remarkable biodiversity of deep sea life that is of interest to educators and the general public.
Download the app here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sea Urchins Planktonic Origins from Parafilms

I nearly lost my mind when I found this gem of a video on Vimeo's Staff Pick list. It's a beautifully shot video clip of the sea urchin its adult and larval forms. The sea urchin is one of my favourite animals, and its larval form holds a special place in my heart, as the animal I researched for my undergraduate thesis. 

The clip is from a documentary series known as "The Plankton Chronicles," which, as the title aptly suggests, chronicles different types of plankton that inhabit the ocean. The cinematography is astounding. Watch below!

Some screencaps: 

Close-up of the surface of a sea urchin
The larval form of sea urchin, the pluteus larva.

Zygotes in early stages of division
Ova being released by a female urchin