Biological themed posts and interesting things you can learn about nature!

Crowded Crinoids

Divers sometimes think, that Dive Guides have Superpowers. But finding Critters is not about having a build in Magic Radar or X-Ray Eyes. Okay, Good Dive Guides do have excellent eyes, but they mainly score with local knowledge of the dive sites and knowledge of the Habitats and “Micro Habitats”. And this is actually not that difficult…

The endemics – why care?

Endemism means that specific species of plants or animals live only in a particular location, which normally is quite small. An animal or plant doing that is an endemic. For birdwatchers and other wild life watchers endemism is a major issue, as many endemics are rare, hard to find and per definition can only be seen…

Faking it and making it

Survival in nature can be quite easy. Enough defenses invested, and one can make it quite safely through life. Examples are whales, roses and poison arrow frogs, investing in size, structures or chemistry in order to deter predators. The problem with these strategies is that they are costly, diverting energetic resources from growth and reproduction…