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Humans thrive on telling stories, but you shouldn't believe everything you hear, even in science! John Pearse and his wife Vicki have spent their lives studying marine ecosystems and they've noticed something: it's hard to give up our favorite explanations, even when they're proven untrue.

Why anemones produce a brilliant green color isn't exactly clear. The Pearce's have a few good guesses.

The most exciting parts of the scientific life according to Pearce? Discovering new stories and changing old ones.

Images: 1) John and Vicki Pearse in 1971. Photo by Ralph Buchsbaum/Courtesy of UC Santa Cruz; 2) Anthopleura xanthogrammica taken by Stan Shebs.

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