Explore the diverse and colorful creatures of the world's oceans, including corals, octopi, dolphins, whales, penguins, sea turtles and sharks! Dec 19
Strange New Fish Found Deep off New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 · 57 Comments Keep away from any of these 15 deadly creatures when you next visit the beach. 1. Portuguese M an-of- War J ellyfish
Pharyngeal Jaws of Moray Eels
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. Ranging in size from less than one square mile (2.6 square kilometers) to over 139,797 square miles (362,073 square kilometers), the sites from the Arctic to the South Pacific, from Maine to the Caribbean, and as far west as the Philippine Sea. The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, established in 2009, and covering 95,216 square miles (246,608 square kilometers) of submerged lands, is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. Within and adjacent to the Mariana Archipelago, the monument includes three areas of undersea mud volcanoes, more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) of the Mariana Trench, and the waters and submerged lands around some of the northern Mariana Islands.
U.S. Marine Protected Area Photos
Meet the world’s only immortal animal
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. Turritopsis nutricula is a hydrozoan, and it’s considered by scientists to be the only animal that cheated death. Solitary organisms are (according to current belief) doomed to die, after they completed their life cycle. Hydrozoa are a huge class of predatory animals that live mostly in saltwater, closely related to jellyfish and corals. Eggs and sperm from an adult jellyfish (medusa) and they then develop into polyp stage.
on QI, they claimed that some species of lobster have an endless lifespan, and were practically immortal (though they can die through injury, of course). Can anyone confirm or refute that? by Feb 6
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. Peak firefly squid season means big catches for fishermen and brisk business for sightseeing boats that provide close-up views of the magical action. Early in the morning, after 3 AM, sightseeing boats depart the Namerikawa fishing port (Namerikawa is also home to the world's only museum dedicated to the firefly squid ) in Toyama prefecture, making a short journey to fixed nets located about 1 to 2 km offshore.
Tourists bask in blue glow of firefly squid
Lamprey mouth (animals you see on the sides of sharks)
New Week Nudibranch! - Blue Dragon
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Pacfic Barreleye Fish (the green orbs are his eyes)
"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.
Portuguese Man o' War
Red Lion Fish
Parrotfish did you know?
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. And the latest publication by a scientist who studies these microscopic animals is set to become an unlikely bestseller - all thanks to the beauty of plankton. His coffee table book about the amazing life forms that live unseen in the oceans has dozens of remarkable photographs taken through a microscope. Amazing life forms: Dr Richard Kirby's passion for plankton has led to a set of marvellous pictures which feature in his book Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves like these tiny Jellyfish
Octopus in Italy
10-Year Sea Census
Photograph courtesy A. Fifis, IFREMER Its fuzzy, winter-white coat might look at home in the Himalaya, but the yeti crab was discovered skittering around hydrothermal vents about a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) under the South Pacific off Easter Island (map) in March 2005.
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. Their peculiarities aren't limited to their outer appearance, either — as these ghostly, almost alien-looking X-rays of various underwater creatures prove. This unnerving looking eel, for example, could be something straight out of a horror movie.
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. The invader, a creature called a moon jellyfish, is 95% water and has no brain. Not what you might call menacing if you only had to deal with one or two. En masse, jellyfish are a bigger problem.
Jellyfish are taking over the seas
Flatworm Penis Fencing
*notcot in nature , 07:40 On visual inspiration, there is something about the overwhelming sense of calm serenity with nothing but the sound of your own bubbles and the occasional boats overhead… as you just swim about watching the most incredible and mind blowing creatures going about their daily lives all around you… so, on “vacation pictures” ~ here are some of the many (there are hundreds of photos, here’s just a selection of fun ones!) creatures i’ve been encountering diving the Lembeh Strait of Indonesia this week (hiding out at Kungkungan Bay Resort )… and besides the diving creatures, you also get a peek at the large crab i ran into, and the impressive Tuna statue in the center of Bitung (tuna capital of indonesia?)… see it all on the next page!
Creatures of the Lembeh Strait
Seals, Sea Lions & Walruses
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
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. Given the clarity of the clouds in the reflection, this was likely taken quite close to the surface. A reverse image search on Tineye and Google did not identify a valid source for this photograph, if you know more please let us know (update: Many thanks to Hoss Cartwright for the help)!
Todd Aki Underwater Marvels
Flickr Hive Mind is a search engine as well as an experiment in the power of Folksonomies . 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 .
The colossal squid ( Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni , from Greek mesos (middle), nychus (claw), and teuthis ( squid )), sometimes called the Antarctic or giant cranch squid , is believed to be the largest squid species in terms of mass . It is the only known member of the genus Mesonychoteuthis . It is known from only a few specimens, and current estimates put its maximum size at 12–14 m (39–46 ft) long, [ 1 ] based on analysis of smaller and immature specimens, making it the largest known invertebrate .
The Most Beautiful Starfish In The World
Giant Octopus Eats Sharks at Aquarium
Manatees in The Bahamas
Feather Star Crinoids Photos
Little Puffer Fish Creates Ocean Floor ‘Crop Circles’
Fish With Transparent Head Filmed
Lobster dressed up for Holloween in orange and black
Underwater World Captured in Stunning Photos: Slide Show
Leafy sea dragon
How deep is the ocean, how high am I?
Creatures from the Mariana Trench