Category Archive: Creature Features

Jul 10

Nature’s Water Filter

Move over, Brita, mother nature has its own water filter.  Explore the amazing mussel: Native mussels do some heavy lifting in a stream. “They feed on algae and plankton, and they help to purify that aquatic water system,” says Tamara Smith. That’s Tamara Smith of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She says mussels have …

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Jul 05

Mudpuppy Love

Squeaky salamanders that sound like dogs? Yes, they’re a thing—and they could be living at the bottom of a lake or river near you. Listen up: Say hello to the mudpuppy! Actually a splotchy-brown salamander with red feathery gills, this creature is the one of few salamanders that can actually make noise—and its noise is …

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Jul 03

Invasion of the Bottom-Dwelling Gobies

Aggressive round goby fish are causing mayhem in the Great Lakes. Hook yourself up with the intel: There’s trouble in the Great Lakes, and plenty of it’s coming from a non-native, bottom-dwelling fish called the round goby. These fish hitched a ride in the ballast waters of ships and arrived in the lakes uninvited. This …

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Jun 09

Rock Snot: ItsNot a Joke (See What We Did There?)

Turns out, noses aren’t the only things that get snotty: Phlegm-like algae grosses out stream beds, too. Listen up: “Rock snot,” aka didymosphenia geminate, is an algae that most anyone can identify, thanks to its snot-like appearance. Although it’s not toxic, fast-growing rock snot can overgrow native algae that insects and fishes in the stream …

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Jun 08

Forecasting the Impact of Weatherfish

A tiny eel-like weathercaster? It may sound funny, but researchers are seriously concerned about the long-term impacts of weatherfish. Catch this intel: Chances are a storm is brewing if the weatherfish are all in a flurry. That’s how they react to changes in barometric pressure. But unless you’re a biologist, like Phillip Willink of Shedd …

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