Sarcastic fringehead - HD video Ocean Footage
If you’d like to see more video of sarcastic fringeheads, this page has about 9 different clips of them (about 6 more than last time I looked at it - I think I bookmarked it about 5 years ago).
HOW IS THIS THING REAL AUGH
Yay, sarcastic fringeheads! They are gigantic bluffers. It’s the males that have the huge brightly colored maxillae, and they love to threaten everything in sight, especially other males. They’re only 3-9 inches long, and quite often choose litter, like bottles and cans, to live in.
The Aquarium of the Pacific has a few of these guys and says:
It is unlikely that anyone intentionally fishes for this tiny, pugnacious fish. Sometimes accidentally caught, sport and commercial fishers are usually not comfortable handling the fish because there is a good chance of being bitten by the needle-sharp teeth of an angry fringehead unwilling to let go. Divers have reported damage to their wet suits by these grumpy little fish.
One of our project computers (back when we still named them) was named Fringehead.
Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Fisheries Management
Technology by Google and Facebook may help in monitoring fisheries; in places like the West Coast, though, where there’s 60 species of rockfish that you often have to ID by feeling their head spines, it’s a bit trickier…
Meet a fisheries observer...
A fisheries observer was one of my first jobs out of college. I was on a Japanese longliner in Alaska for a month, and then a Polish trawler off Oregon/Washington. This was back when foreign vessels were still allowed to fish in our EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone, that is, within 200 miles of the US coast). Later I worked on gillnetters in the Gulf of Maine for a year. Demanding job, but I enjoyed it.
I know quite a few people working as biologists who started out doing something like this.
Leafy Sea Dragons
These stunning sea dragon pictures illuminate their mysterious beauty and extraordinary adaptations. The near-invisibility of their fins gives the sea dragons the appearance of floating seaweed that is drifting with the currents. Instead of scales, they have protective armor to ward off predators. The row of spines along their backs can also wound attackers. At other times they will curl into balls like porcupines in self defense. Truly extraordinary creatures.
Have another sygnathid.
When we go the aquarium, the fry often have to drag me away from their tank. I could stay there all day.
Deocata Pipefish (Microphis deocata)
aka Rainbow Freshwater Pipefish
This small cousin of the seahorse is a freshwater pipefish native to India and Bangladesh. They can grow up to about 6 inches.
Their colorful belly extrusion is actually a sail-like membrane that can be hidden or pulled out to reveal a colorful striped display. The stripes are displayed by the females courting males to hold their eggs. The eggs are held in a pouch under the tail, and only take about 15 days to hatch.
In the wild, these vulnerable and defenseless pipefishes are vulnerable and even in captivity are very uncommon. Advanced aquarists covet this beautiful fish, but they are hard to keep as they are so sensitive to food, temperature and water cleanliness.
Soft Cuddy Critters by Brigette Zacharczenko
Screw teddy bears and big plush hearts, Brigette aka WeirdBugLady makes plush huggable water bears, flatworms, and other things that might either eat you or go inside you and then start eating you. Her shop is currently closes until June 1st, but check her etsy page below after that date to get your own soft cephalopod.
Artist: DeviantArt / etsy / Flickr
Oooh! Cuddlefish! Nudiebranch! Coelacanth!
Neat! I’d say I want ‘em all, but I don’t want to seem greedy - so every other one.
Sometimes billfish make mistakes and hit seaturtles, possibly while chasing little fish using the turtle as a shield. In half of the known cases, the turtles survived and were doing well, although the fate of billfish that lose their snouts is unknown.
Frazier, J. et al. (1994) Impalement of marine turtles (Reptilia, Chelonia: Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae) by billfishes (Osteichthyes, Perciformes: Istiophoridae and Xiphiidae). Environmental Biology of Fish 39 85–96.
Ouch - poor turtles. In our library at work, there’s a block of wood from a boat with a marlin bill embedded in it. Floating things aren’t immune either; I’d expect for the same reason.
Hey, I just got this tattoo of a South American lungfish. If I remember correctly, you helped me find the illustration I wanted to model it after.
That’s an amazing tattoo threeninjass! I’m glad to have helped :)
Wtf! why would you want this on your arm, pick a butterfly or something bloody hell!
I’m not into butterflies.
I personally find butterflies pretty boring and overused. Unless maybe you want a close-up of their faces. I love this! Personally, I love cephalopods, so that’s probably what I’d get.
for some reason when I asked my friend for something to draw, she said a ‘tunalock’? I didn’t know she was so fascinated with fish and locks, but oh well.
I still don’t understand tunalock but I love it.
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Underwater Silence (by m*yoko)
Sponges should get more recognition.
Not only the large bottom central one, but also the little orange ones on the bottom. If you click through to flickr and the large size picture, you can also see there are tiny blue and yellow fish surrounding it, probably ready at any moment to dart close to the big sponge and use it for cover.