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Sula nebouxii, blue-footed booby, Isla Martir

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School of spottail grunt, Isla Espiritu Santo
Aquatic plants, Isla San Pedro Martir

Recent Research

It has long been thought that comb jellies eliminated waste like jellyfish, sea sponges, and sea anemones: through their mouth.  Evolutionary biologist William Browne of the University of Miami in Florida showed videos at a March meeting that shows otherwise.  Ctenophores have a pore for pooping.

Maxmen, A. (2016), Comb jelly ‘anus’ guts ideas on origin of through-gutScience 351, 1378-1380.  doi:10.1126/science.351.6280.1378

The exchange of nutrients and signalling molecules between a planktonic alga and a bacterium demonstrates mutualistic interactions in the oceans.
Limardo, A. J., Worden, A. Z. (2015), Microbiology: Exclusive networks in the sea. Nature 522, 36-37. doi:10.1038/nature14530.  See also Letter by Amin et al.

The fast track to rifts and ruptures in the gulf:

Umhoefer, P. J. (2011), Why did the Southern Gulf of California rupture so rapidly?—Oblique divergence across hot, weak lithosphere along a tectonically active margin. GSA Today 21, 4-10. doi:10.1130/G133A.1

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