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Bermuda Beasts: The Hurricane Spider

The Hurricane Spider, or Golden Orb-Weaver as it's officially known is a master at web construction. It builds conspicuous webs in trees, sometimes spanning narrow roads and although hurricane spiders feed on a variety of insects, their webs have been known to trap small birds. Here are 7 facts about Hurricane Spiders you probably don't already know.   1. Hurricane spiders vary from reddish to greenish yellow in color with distinctive whiteness on the abdomen. Most of them have have striped…


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8 Smells Every Bermudian Knows

Hold ya nose! This one's a doozy!   1. Road Toad Unfortunately, toads have become frequent casualties on Bermuda’s roads, much like land crabs used to be in their huge numbers. And when they get squashed and bake on the…


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Bermuda Beasts: Mosquito

It's summer, and that means mosquitoes are out in droves. There are over 3,500 different species of mosquito, six of which have been recorded in Bermuda. The Asian tiger mosquito is a known carrier of chikungunya disease, while the yellow…


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The 411 on Ciguatera

What is ciguatera, what the symptoms are and how to avoid getting it.    What is ciguatera? Ciguatera is a foodborn illness (food poisoning) caused by eating fish that is contaminated by ciguatera toxin. Ciguatera toxin is a heat-stable lipid…


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Making Links Between Bermuda and Israel: Scientists Compare Corals Living in the Sargasso Sea and the Red Sea

When marine biologists Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley and Tali Mass met at a science conference last June, they bonded over their shared interest in deep-water coral reef research and their specialized scuba diving skills. Both are technical divers, skilled at using equipment…

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Long Live the Longtails!

Each February, March, I feel a frisson of anxiety: What if the longtails don’t come back? How could we possibly enjoy our summers without them? It’s a ridiculous worry, really. Every year these white-tailed tropic birds, with their distinctive forked…