Translucent Creature Photos from the National Geographic archives
Basically all of these things need to be mermified.
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as a land mammal i’d like to say that i’m very disappointed we aren’t invited to these cool underwater discos
i love the third one, i saw it on a program and i thought it was super cute till i found out that the yellow things inside its head are its eyes.. i thought its nostrils were its eyeswait… WtF… Thats it’s nose!?
In case you’re wondering what these are: Anglerfish, Copepod, Pacific Barreleye, Tomopteris (polychaete), Comb Jelly
When the scallop’s shell is gaped you can see two rows of tiny, bright blue eyes. These eyes aren’t the simple light sensitive eyes that most mollusks have, they can also sense motion. So a crab or fish trying to sneak up on one and grab some flesh before the shells close will be seen before it gets even close. And if the scallop loses an eye it simply regenerates a new one in its place.
Scientific photography by Arthur Anker
1.- Crab megalopa (Carpilius sp ?)
2.- Stilapex montrouzieri (Moorea, French Polynesia)
3.- Euthamneus cf rostratus (Moorea, French Polynesia)
4.- Stauromedusa (French Polynesia)
5.- Pilumnus vespertilio (Madagascar)
6.- Notospermus tricuspidatus (Moorea, French Polynesia)
7.- Diopatra sp
8.- Galeommatid bivalve, possibly Scintilla sp
9.- A thalassematid echiuran (Madang, Papua New Guinea)
10.- Male ovigerous sea spider (Pycnogonida)
OH NO BABIES
ON TODAY’S EDITION OF NEXT LEVEL SHIT THAT LIVES IN THE OCEAN
Frilled Shark: Chlamydoselachus anguineus
These are fairly uncommon sharks of the order Hexanchiformes, meaning that their closest living relatives are cow sharks (there’s currently speculation in the scientific community upon whether or not frilled sharks should be moved into their own separate order).
Frilled sharks are primitive. How primitive? Primitive as balls. Sensationalists refer to them as “living fossils”, but I prefer to think of them as having won the game of life for hundreds of millions of years. These motherfuckers were most likely alive before Tyrannosaurs ever walked the earth and they’re still fucking here. For some perspective, the earliest hominids arose about 4.5 million years ago. Frilled sharks have about 180 million years on us.
Their mouths are terminal, a really unusual characteristic in modern sharks—only a few other extant species share this trait. Frilled sharks are also thought to have a gestation period of 3.5 years; if true, this would be the longest known gestation period of all vertebrates.
These guys are thought by some to be the origin of the sea serpent myth—their specific epithet, anguineus, is derived from the Latin word for “snakelike”.
Their teeth are the biological personification of that feeling you get when you stick your finger into the straw opening of a drink cup or the opening of a wet wipe dispenser and you realize you’ve fucked up worse than anyone else ever has.
Sharks are so damn cool.
Primitive as balls