LOOK AT THE LITTLE TOES ON THE PARAPODIA! :D
Nereis sp. At least I think it is…
Seal meets girl. Seal falls in love with girl. The end.
If I had an Elephant Seal cuddle buddy, I’d forget all about him…probably.
Animals in captivity: Sailfin Lizard, Crocolandia, Cebu
These are freaky mofo’s.
The (oh-so-cuddly) Teddy Bear Crab
© Ivan Choong
This charismatic crab is much sought after by underwater photographers. Note the small anemones attached to claws for feeding and defense.
Mosaic Boxer Crab or Pom Pom Crab
Notice the two pom-poms (boxing gloves) it is holding, these are a type of anemone (one of three kinds) used to protect itself and collect food at the same time. By using a boxers style approach of steady jabs, this true crab stings and collects micro organism munchies from the water column, then wiping the food into its mouth to feed.
If one anemone is lost it will split the other and it will continue to grow and if both are lost it will start over.
A hands-on approach to symbioses!
And you thought crabs weren’t “cute and fluffy”! Meet the Hairy Crab (Pilumnidae sp.).
Its body and limbs are covered with long, silky hairs. These trap sediments allowing the crab to blend perfectly with its surroundings. In the water, its hairs ‘fluff up’ breaking up its body outline. It also moves slowly and thus overlooked as some bit of drifting rubbish. It has large claws, some with thick black fingers.
** I miss the rock pooling activities from my last job! **
Marine Catfish, Japan
Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic
About 5mm worth of the soft coral crab Hoplophrys oatesii
© John Forsyth
Pelagic Thresher Shark at Monad Shoal (no flash photography allowed)
© John Forsyth
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
The pelagic thresher occurs in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, usually far from shore but occasionally entering coastal habitats. The smallest of the three thresher species, the pelagic thresher typically measures 3 m (10 ft) long.
The diet of the pelagic thresher consists mainly of small midwater fishes, which are stunned with whip-like strikes of their tails. **This is amazing, I’m going to post a video of it**
Along with all other mackerel sharks, the pelagic thresher exhibits ovoviviparity and usually gives birth to litters of two. The developing embryos are oophagous, feeding on unfertilized eggs produced by the mother. The young are born unusually large, up to 43% the length of the mother. Pelagic threshers are valued by commercial fisheries for their meat, skin, liver oil, and fins, and are also pursued by sport fishers.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessed this species as Vulnerable in 2007.