Valentine’s week is a great time to show your loved ones you care; a day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. ASOC Executive Director Claire Christian points out that humans aren’t the only ones who need extra affection.
Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten. You might see pictures of penguins and seals, maybe even a whale or two, but no one hears about the creatures that make up over 90% of Antarctic species. I’m of course talking about Antarctic invertebrates. Who’s ever heard about Labidiaster annulatus, a sea star, or the glass sponge Rosella nuda? These creatures and others are every bit as fascinating as their feathered and furred friends.
This year, we want to show these creatures some love during Valentine’s week. Read on to find out why we think Antarctica’s invertebrates make great valentines.
When we prepared a list of our favorite Antarctic species last year, we made sure all kinds of Antarctic animals, from mammals to mollusks, were represented. To our surprise, some of the most interesting and wacky species weren’t penguins or even fish, but were the invertebrates – squid, crustaceans, corals, starfish.…Continue reading »