two thing I didn’t know (and probably you too) about the giant isopod (Bathynomus sp) swims very well, and digs burrow.
A important detail is the two red dots are from lasers mounted on the ROV and are 10 cm apart (this techique is called photogrammetry)
- gif from Andrew David Thaler’ videos
- More about giant isopods at Griseus
Working on my atlantic blue crab life cycle illustration- here you have my palette, my color comp, the in-progress final piece, and all of my research on what other people have done with the same concept (almost universally badly drawn, typeset, or designed, which is actually kind of heartening)
Basking Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
Sunfish have been observed lying flat on the surface of the ocean. This allows seabirds to feed on parasites from its body. Having a large flat body means that the fish is a good host for parasites to attach to.
© BJ Stacey
A deep sea bioluminescent squid, Planctoteuthis, inks and swims away from the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) during the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Bioluminescence and Biodiversity Expedition in October of 2012. It is not understood why this small squid has such an elaborate tail structure.
more than 800 elementary students in hong kong’s repluse bay (second photo and fourth photo) celebrate kids ocean day on november 7 by raising awareness about the shark fin trade and the recent ban on trolling in hong kong waters. the campaign echoes the long running ocean day events held in san francisco (fifth photo) and san diego (third photo and first photo), among other coastal pacific north american cities, to highlight the effects of ocean acidification from climate change, unsustainable fishing practices, habitat destruction, and pollution. local elementary schools hold contests to select the picture to be used.
The leatherback sea turtle—the world’s largest turtle and the only member of the genus Dermochelys—received good news today. In an update of the IUCN Red List, the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) has been moved from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable. However, conservationists warn that the species still remains hugely endangered—and in rapid decline—in many parts of its range.
Blue Spotted Grouper | Cephalopholis argus
(by SeaLife Cameras)
Foraminifera “star sand,” from an island in Japan. A little more info after the jump.
Baculogypsina - my daughter used to call these “sand dots”
Looking like tiny clear grapes in pastel colors, tunicates are marine filter feeders with sac-like bodies. (Photograph: WDR)