Meet the scientist who studies how polychaete worms wriggle through the ocean | Smithsonian Voices

Meet the scientist who studies how polychaete worms wriggle through the ocean |  Smithsonian Voices

Cirratulidae polychaete worms are covered in tangled strands of external gills. Some researchers refer to them as “hair worms.” Karen Osborn Squirming throughout the ocean are thousands of different polychaetes – short, segmented worms covered in leggy protrusions. With over 10,000 species, they are as diverse as they are bristly. These critters can be found … Read more

The story behind the seashells by the seashore | Smithsonian Voices

The story behind the seashells by the seashore |  Smithsonian Voices

Not only is this regal murex seasnail shell stunning in appearance, but the stark contrast between the inner and outer shell highlights the complexity of seashell formation. Smithsonian Institution With summer finally here, many of us are ready to hit the beach to beat the heat – which means it’s officially time to look for … Read more