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Penguins. Sea Turtles. Seals, Sea Lions & Walrus. Sharks & Rays. Whales. Looking down the legs of the Eureka Oil Rig. 15 Incredible X-rays of Real-Life Monsters of the Deep. Fish can be extremely strange looking creatures, with odd appendages and body shapes unfamiliar to us land animals.

15 Incredible X-rays of Real-Life Monsters of the Deep

Puffer Fish Creates Ocean Floor ‘Crop Circles’ Right around this time last year, news broke about the discovery of an amazing little puffer fish capable of creating elaborately designed ‘crop circles’ at the bottom of the ocean as part of an elaborate mating ritual.

Puffer Fish Creates Ocean Floor ‘Crop Circles’

The behavior was first documented by a photographer named Yoji Ookata who later returned with a film crew from the Japanese nature show NHK which later aired an episode about the fish. Even as articles bounced around the web it was still difficult to imagine how a tiny fish could create such a large design in the sand, even when staring directly at photographic evidence. Jellyfish photos. Pacific Leaping Blenny. According to a new paper published in the journal Animal Behaviour, the Pacific leaping blenny (Alticus arnoldorum) – a unique fish that lives on land and can leap large distances – uses camouflage to avoid attacks by predators such as birds, lizards and crabs.

Pacific Leaping Blenny

A Pacific leaping blenny at Taga’chang, Guam. Image credit: © Georgina Cooke, via Australian Museum. The Pacific leaping blenny is a 4 to 8-cm-long tropical fish found in reefs in Samoa and the Marianas, Society, and Cook Islands, in the western and southern Pacific Ocean. The secret lives of sea lilies and feather stars. Once thought to be extinct, these lesser-known cousins of sea stars and sea urchins are some of the prettiest creatures in the ocean.

The secret lives of sea lilies and feather stars

Prepare to be wowed, things are about to get weird (in a wonderful way). Beneath the surface of the sea is a world so vast that its mysteries are only slowly revealed to us … and when they are, they are often strange and beautiful beyond what we could previously imagine. Take the crinoids. These member of the echinoderm family are related to sea stars and sea urchins, but are far less famous. There are around 600 living species of these marine invertebrates, all marked by the same basic five-sided symmetry of their cousins – though they often have multiple arms that make the initial five sides hard to distinguish. Legging it: Evasive octopus who has been allowed to look for love. Visitors to the Portobello Aquarium loved Sid the octopus but all Sid wanted was to find a mate.

Legging it: Evasive octopus who has been allowed to look for love

After several escape attempts worthy of Houdini, he finally tasted freedom yesterday, with his keepers returning him to the ocean just in time for Valentine's Day. The aquarium, near Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island, was Sid's home for the past six months. Sea Squirt. How Are Jellyfish Able to Live Without A Brain? School of Spadefish photographed by Brian Skerry (2010) Underwater Experiments. Microscopic Sea Creatures. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 16:31 GMT, 30 September 2010 Bobbing away in the dark depths of the ocean, these tiny creatures display a unique beauty that few get to truly appreciate.

Microscopic Sea Creatures

Feather Star Crinoids Photos. Todd Aki Underwater Marvels. Flickr Hive Mind is a search engine as well as an experiment in the power of Folksonomies.

Todd Aki Underwater Marvels

All thumbnail images come directly from Flickr, none are stored on Flickr Hive Mind. These photos are bound by the copyright and license of their owners, the thumbnail links take to you to the photos (as well as their copyright and license details) within Flickr. Because some other search engines (Google, etc.) index parts of Flickr Hive Mind, you may have been led here from one of them. Welcome to Flickr Hive Mind, almost certainly the best search engine for photography on the web. Jellyfish are taking over the seas. Last week, Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear power plant, which supplies 10% of the country’s energy, had to shut down one of its three reactors after a jellyfish invasion clogged the piping of its cooling system.

Jellyfish are taking over the seas

Nemertea. Nemertea is a phylum of invertebrate animals also known as "ribbon worms" or "proboscis worms".[2] Alternative names for the phylum have included Nemertini, Nemertinea and Rhynchocoela.[1] Although most are less than 20 centimetres (7.9 in) long, one specimen has been estimated at 54 metres (177 ft).


Most are very slim, usually only a few millimeters wide, although a few have relatively short but wide bodies. Many have patterns of yellow, orange, red and green coloration. Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars. A Seahorse Inspects a Diver’s Watch. Jun 27, 2012 In this remarkable capture, a seahorse checks out a diver’s watch (and own reflection) underwater.

A Seahorse Inspects a Diver’s Watch

Given the clarity of the clouds in the reflection, this was likely taken quite close to the surface. Leafy sea dragon. Manatees in The Bahamas. Underwater Sea Life  "I will spare you a gushy description of the dive itself, except to say that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. " ~ Dave Barry "Double Turtle" by Autopsea "Starfish" by john white photos "Anemonefish" by lndr. Flatworm Penis Fencing. Portuguese Man o' War. "Gosh" you might say, "that's one weird looking jellyfish".

Well, you'd be partly right. Certainly it looks rather odd but it isn't a jellyfish, it isn't even one animal. The Portuguese Man o' War is in fact a whole colony of four different kinds of organism, each adapted to perform a specific function for the benefit of the whole. Glass Eels. How deep is the ocean, how high am I?

How deep is the ocean, how high am I. via : Ghost Room External Stimuli : Hengki Koentjoro, Flickr Stream, Chet Baker. Giant Octopus Eats Sharks at Aquarium. Meet the world’s only immortal animal. Email If you’re thinking McLeod, you couldn’t be further from the truth. What you have to do is think small; not microscopic, just big enough to see with your naked eye. Lamprey mouth (animals you see on the sides of sharks) Irukandji jellyfish. Irukandji jellyfish (/ˌɪrəˈkændʒi/ IRR-ə-KAN-jee) are small and extremely venomous box jellyfish that inhabit marine waters of Australia and which are able to fire their stingers into their victim, causing symptoms collectively known as Irukandji syndrome.

Their size is roughly a cubic centimetre (1 cm3). There are four known species of Irukandji: Carukia barnesi, Malo kingi, Alatina alata and the recently discovered Malo maximus.[1][2] The symptoms of Irukandji syndrome were first documented by Hugo Flecker in 1952.[3] They were named after the Irukandji people whose country stretches along the coastal strip north of Cairns, Queensland.[4] The first of these jellyfish, Carukia barnesi, was identified in 1964 by Jack Barnes; in order to prove it was the cause of Irukandji syndrome, he captured the tiny jelly and allowed it to sting him while his son and a lifeguard observed the effects.[5][6] Range[edit] Biology[edit] Sting[edit] Irukandji syndrome[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

New Week Nudibranch! - Blue Dragon. Image credit: Glaucus Atlanticus. Creatures of the Lembeh Strait. *notcot in nature , 07:40. Tourists bask in blue glow of firefly squid. 13 Apr 2006 Toyama Bay is the habitat of the world-famous glowing firefly squid, which surface in large numbers every spring in a phenomenon that has been designated a special natural monument. Red Lion Fish. Pharyngeal Jaws of Moray Eels.

U.S. Marine Protected Area Photos. Photograph by Paul Chesley The United States' nearly 1,800 marine protected areas contain some of the country's most spectacular reefs, underwater archaeological sites, and most valuable commercial fisheries and tourist diving sites. Lion fish amung silver. Elysia chlorotica. Distribution[edit] Underwater World Captured in Stunning Photos: Slide Show.