When a shark is spotted in the ocean, humans and marine animals alike usually flee. But not the remora – this fish will instead swim right up to a shark and attach itself to the predator using a suction disk located on the top of its head. While we know why remoras attach to larger marine animals – for transportation, protection and food – the question of how they attach and detach from hosts without appearing to harm them remains unanswered.
On April 24th, graduating seniors gathered with Biology faculty, researchers, and other students to present and celebrate their undergraduate research projects. Biology majors at Georgia Tech are required to complete a senior research experience in which they conduct an individual research project mentored by a faculty member or participate in a group research project undertaken as part of the Research Project Lab course. Several Biology majors also completed the Research Option this year, following multiple semesters of research effort and the preparation of an undergraduate thesis.
Sand-dwelling and rock-dwelling cichlids living in East Africa’s Lake Malawi share a nearly identical genome, but have very different personalities. The territorial rock-dwellers live in communities where social interactions are important, while the sand-dwellers are itinerant and less aggressive.
Using underwater video cameras to record fish feeding on South Pacific coral reefs, scientists have found that herbivorous fish can be picky eaters – a trait that could spell trouble for endangered reef systems.
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