Friday, 28 August 2015

Sea Sweep

Image: Saspotato
Scorpis aequipinnis
If a chimney sweep is someone who cleans chimneys...

Does that mean the Sea Sweep has to clean the sea?

Image: Saspotato
They like to get together in groups so at least they can help each other out...

But each Sea Sweep is only 60 cm (2 feet) long and they've only ever been seen along the coast of southern Australia. There's SO much work to do!

Image: Saspotato
Look how daunted they look.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gelatinous Spaceship

I just can't resist these Atolla jellyfish!

How could I? It's a jellyfish who's so weird even the other jellyfish think it's a little odd.

And yet they're so chilled out in the abyssal depths of eternal night.

It's like a guy in a Lovecraft story who's pretty relaxed about all the noisome alienage he's uncovered.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Bongo Shrimp

Image: Rickard Zerpe
Phyllognathia ceratophthalma
It's the Bongo Shrimp! So named because it's a shrimp that... bongo.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Gliding Spider

Image: Stephen Yanoviak
INCOMING! After falling out of a tree, this skydiving spider can swerve through the forest to make absolutely sure it lands squarely on your head! Or another tree. Whatever seems best at the time, I guess.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Daisy Chain... of DEATH

Hailing from Cambodia, this undescribed species of ant is a disturbingly effective predator of millipedes. Watch as they encircle their trembling prey, waiting for the poor soul to uncurl itself from its defensive coil. Gaze in astonishment as a single sting from a single ant signals the commencement of a whole bunch of stings from a whole bunch of ants.

Gasp in horror as the merry murderers haul the enormous body home. They do so in a remarkable daisy chain, workers pulling on workers in a deadly caravan of communal carnage. Can't you hear them sing?

Hi ho. Hi ho. It's home from work we go.

It's scenes like this which make you realise that ants don't have to be that much bigger than they are to pose a serious threat to humanity. Shrink rays at the ready...

Monday, 17 August 2015

Cuyaba Dwarf Frog

Image: Felipe Gomes
Eupemphix nattereri
It's a frog with eyes in the back of his... end.
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