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image: Image of the Day: Yawkey's Rescue

Image of the Day: Yawkey's Rescue

By | March 13, 2015

A juvenile leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) weighing 475 pounds was stranded this week at the Yawkey-South Island Preserve, rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium, and released into the wild yesterday.

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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Arthropod

Image of the Day: Ancient Arthropod

By | March 12, 2015

Fossils of a 2-meter-long, 480-million-year-old, filter-feeding ancestor of insects and crustaceans, thought to be the one of the largest of its kind, were recently found in Morocco.

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image: Image of the Day: Golden Ratio

Image of the Day: Golden Ratio

By | March 11, 2015

Like sunflowers and snail shells, the spiraled proboscis of a butterfly conforms to the Golden Ratio.

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image: Image of the Day: Marine Worm

Image of the Day: Marine Worm

By | March 10, 2015

There are more than 8,000 known species of marine worm, including the unidentified specimen shown here at 20x magnification.

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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Cross-section

Image of the Day: Colorful Cross-section

By | March 9, 2015

A microscopic cross-section of an orchid root shows its nutrient-ferrying stele and the surrounding cortex.

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image: Image of the Day: Hoff Crabs

Image of the Day: Hoff Crabs

By | March 6, 2015

Male deep-sea hairy-chested “Hoff” crabs (Kiwa tyleri) live close to the jets of thermal vents, while females live further away—nearer the bases of the mineral structures.

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image: Image of the Day: Ultra-Small Life

Image of the Day: Ultra-Small Life

By | March 5, 2015

A variety of ultra-small bacteria—150 times tinier than E. coli—have been imaged for the first time.

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image: Image of the Day: Pollinator Selection

Image of the Day: Pollinator Selection

By | March 4, 2015

The nectar in deep flowers of Heliconia tortuosa can be efficiently extracted only with long, curved beaks, like those of green hermit hummingbirds (Phaethornis guy).

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image: Image of the Day: “Sparklemuffin”

Image of the Day: “Sparklemuffin”

By | March 3, 2015

A recently discovered Australian peacock spider (Maratus jactatus), dubbed “Sparklemuffin” for the male's bright colors, performs a mating dance.

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image: Image of the Day: At-Risk Amphibians

Image of the Day: At-Risk Amphibians

By | March 2, 2015

Chytrid fungus has been found for the first time in Madagascar, threatening 290 endemic amphibian species, including Boophis quasiboehmei (pictured).

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