This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

(CNN) — A rare iron mineral has been discovered in the teeth of a living organism for the first time — one that bears the pet name “wandering meatloaf.” While it sounds like a tour update for the musician Meat Loaf, this research concerns a large mollusk called a chiton (not a “bat out of hell”). The mollusk, also known as Cryptochiton stelleri, got its nickname because … Continue reading This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

A sunset along a rocky shoreline.

What’s In the Tidepools – February 2021

Our volunteers at Cabrillo National Monument take photos of the exciting flora and fauna down in the tidepools. We want to try and capture the wonderful photos that volunteers are taking in the tidepool area. So we are starting this blog post which will get published on a monthly basis, but we need your help. We want you to contribute by submitting your memorable photos … Continue reading What’s In the Tidepools – February 2021