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Link Post Sat, Apr. 19, 2014 1 note

18 Awesome Facts About Giant Isopods         

The individual isopods they talk about here at at the Aquarium of the Pacific. I tried taking some photos of them a couple of weeks ago.

(Although I think they wanted the word penes; they spelled it how it’s pronounced.)

There’s also a link to an entire album of songs about giant isopods!




Video Post Mon, Apr. 14, 2014 6,076 notes

infinity-imagined:

Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era (1840~1900) by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns.  This was often accomplished by using a single hair to move the diatoms in a special chamber that prevented disturbance to the slide.  The fabrication of these amazing objects must have required incredible patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand.

(Source: victorianmicroscopeslides.com, via madgeneticist)




Photo Post Mon, Apr. 07, 2014 928 notes

montereybayaquarium:

Help keep an otter happy! It’s not too late for California residents to “check the box” on state tax forms to help save sea otters. The fund supports researchers and partners trying to understand the issues facing the threatened southern sea otter—and help the population recover.Learn more  

montereybayaquarium:

Help keep an otter happy! It’s not too late for California residents to “check the box” on state tax forms to help save sea otters. The fund supports researchers and partners trying to understand the issues facing the threatened southern sea otter—and help the population recover.

Learn more  






Video Post Tue, Apr. 01, 2014 1 note

Shrimpfish, in the same order as seahorses and pipefish. It’s thought they adopt this head down posture because they like to hide among sea urchin spines and vertical weeds; but they swim - horizontally, but vertically - pretty well that way too…

This was also at AOP; please forgive the weird reflections and slight blurriness. Last time I was there they had maybe three or four in a tiny tank of maybe two gallons, and now they have a school of them!  The tank is this sort of wedge-shaped thing with no air surface on the display side.

Note: there are also ribbon pipehorses near the bottom in this video.

Not sure what’s going on here - it plays on my dash and posts page but not on  my main page.  If you can’t see it let me know and I’ll put up a link.





Photo Post Tue, Mar. 25, 2014 22 notes

paintingsforants:

Day 84 : Pelicans in Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Table View. 27 x 27 mm. #365postcardsforants #miniature #watercolour #wdc624 #pelican #tableview #capetown #nature (at Rietvlei Nature Reserve)

27 x 27 mm - so this is what, 4X actual size on my dash?  Even bigger on the actual blog page.  Wow.
There have been a few white pelicans migrating through our area lately, although I don’t know if the same species as above.  They hang out in the pond at the golf course next to my work building. Interesting to watch - they don’t dive from a height for fish, like the resident marine brown pelicans do.  Instead, they swim in formation and perform a synchronized head dip to herd together and scoop up small schools.

paintingsforants:

Day 84 : Pelicans in Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Table View. 27 x 27 mm. #365postcardsforants #miniature #watercolour #wdc624 #pelican #tableview #capetown #nature (at Rietvlei Nature Reserve)

27 x 27 mm - so this is what, 4X actual size on my dash?  Even bigger on the actual blog page.  Wow.

There have been a few white pelicans migrating through our area lately, although I don’t know if the same species as above.  They hang out in the pond at the golf course next to my work building. Interesting to watch - they don’t dive from a height for fish, like the resident marine brown pelicans do.  Instead, they swim in formation and perform a synchronized head dip to herd together and scoop up small schools.





Text Post Sun, Mar. 23, 2014 647 notes

griseus:

ALL THE DUMBO OCTOPUS SPECIES

The following 14 species are included in the genus Grimpoteuthis

Grimpoteuthis abyssicolaimage

Grimpoteuthis bathynectes

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G. boylei

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G challengeri

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G. discoveryi

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G. hippocrepium

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G. innominata

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G. meangensis (was originally described from a single, damaged animal of unknown sex. A full illustration was never made)

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Grimpoteuthis megaptera

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G. pacifica

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G. plena

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G. tuftsi

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G. umbellata

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G wuelkeri

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aw, grimpos, you so kyoot…

(via scientificillustration)








Photo Post Tue, Mar. 11, 2014 66,025 notes

overland-and-sea:

look at all those majestic sea pancakes


Where’s the butter and syrup?

overland-and-sea:

look at all those majestic sea pancakes

Where’s the butter and syrup?

(via shipsshipships)




Photo Post Wed, Mar. 05, 2014 243 notes

rhamphotheca:

Longbarb Scaly Dragonfish
Fire in the Sea, published by Texas A&M University Press


This species has an extremely long—six to 11 times the length of the head—chin barbel, which is tipped with a bulb and filaments that produce light. “The night belonged to him. The light belonged to him. He hung it from a long whip from his chin. Squid and red shrimps and foolish fish came to see in the golden glow of his chandelier the promise of dining,” Compton wrote.

(via: Popular Science)

This is a book for my wish list!

rhamphotheca:

Longbarb Scaly Dragonfish

Fire in the Sea, published by Texas A&M University Press
This species has an extremely long—six to 11 times the length of the head—chin barbel, which is tipped with a bulb and filaments that produce light. “The night belonged to him. The light belonged to him. He hung it from a long whip from his chin. Squid and red shrimps and foolish fish came to see in the golden glow of his chandelier the promise of dining,” Compton wrote.

This is a book for my wish list!




Photo Post Wed, Mar. 05, 2014 150 notes

rhamphotheca:

The Frilled Shark
Fire in the Sea, published by Texas A&M University Press


This shark species, shown at right with a squid in its jaws, is rarely found outside of the benthic zone. “Neither squid nor shark desired outside help and interference,” Compton wrote in his narrative.
(via: Popular Science)

rhamphotheca:

The Frilled Shark

Fire in the Sea, published by Texas A&M University Press

This shark species, shown at right with a squid in its jaws, is rarely found outside of the benthic zone. “Neither squid nor shark desired outside help and interference,” Compton wrote in his narrative.

(via: Popular Science)




Photo Post Wed, Mar. 05, 2014 89 notes

rhamphotheca:


Batfish

from Fire in the Sea, published by Texas A&M University Press
The round, flat batfish is primarily found in the western Atlantic ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. “Batfish are about as reliable in sustained swim as a scallop is; however, they can make two jumps and a gobble from prone position faster than a Sidewinder Rattlesnake can strike second time,” Compton wrote.
(via: Popular Science)

rhamphotheca:

Batfish
from Fire in the Sea, published by Texas A&M University Press

The round, flat batfish is primarily found in the western Atlantic ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. “Batfish are about as reliable in sustained swim as a scallop is; however, they can make two jumps and a gobble from prone position faster than a Sidewinder Rattlesnake can strike second time,” Compton wrote.

(via: Popular Science)



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