Plants & Animals

  • Bay Scallops: Hold the Applause, Please

    Bay scallop season will open later this month in some N.C. waters for the first time in years. While a harvest is good news and might in part be the result of improved water quality and seagrass beds, all is still not well for the tasty bivalve.

  • What Lurks in the Dark Abyss?

    Goosefish like this one, deep water coral, cusks and mussels are just some of the creatures that researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are finding in the deep submarine canyons along the East Coast.

  • Oyster Reefs Could Combat Warming

    UNC researchers think that oyster reefs in certain settings can be very effective in storing carbon and may be an essential line of defense against global warming.

  • On the Brink: The Story of a Man and a Snail

    Andy Wood is all that stands between a rare snail and oblivion. For 20 years, he’s searched for the animals in the streams and ponds of the southeast coast and may have single-handedly saved them from extinction.