Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Sea Angel

Image: Wikipedia
Ooooh! Today we are greeted by the ghostly sight of the Sea Angel. Flapping its wings, this tiny, translucent creature slowly makes its way through the water like some mystical being from the spirit realm. It's no wonder it's called an Angel! We'll just overlook those two, glaring horns on its head.

Obviously, the Sea Angel is a slug. I mean, what else could it possibly be? There are loads and loads of Sea Angels in the world, from the equator to underneath the ice of the polar regions. Almost as if such things as worldly temperature are of no consequence to one whose mind is on higher things...

Those species in colder waters tend to be larger than those of warmer areas. The biggest ones are 5 cm (2 in) long, so we really are talking about tiny drops of the ethereal. But they can sometimes gather into huge congregations - some 300 individuals per cubic metre for the big, coldwater fellows. No doubt, such a mass of Angels affects each and every one of our lives in ways we can't even imagine. Probably involving chakras and mystical, pulsating energy from the centre of the galaxy or something. No doubt.

So, assuming they even need to, what do these spectral spirit beings eat? Ambrosia? Fairy dust? Maybe they consume pain and fear itself, transforming it into love and happiness before excreting it into the world in a way that's all lovely and fragrant and nice and completely different from normal, earthly excretion.


They eat Sea Butterflies.

Our very own Sea Butterflies.

Some Sea Angels eat absolutely NOTHING but Sea Butterflies. They might even focus all their attention on just 1 or 2 species of those delightful flutterers.

Some... "Angels" are ambush predators. Others, while usually slow moving, are capable of a burst of speed to overcome their prey. They even have special muscles that are used for just this purpose, and they're left unused until bloodlust calls them to action.

Once captured, the poor Sea Butterfly is grasped with tentacles that come out of the mouth. Hooks can then be used to pull the victim right out of its shell to be eaten whole, or it can be scraped out using the radula.

I am aghast. Perhaps we shouldn't overlook those horns, after all.

I guess we should move on to Lust.

Sea Angels are hermaphrodite and lay a gelatinous mass of floating eggs. When these hatch, the larvae have little shells on their back. Within a few days they metamorphose and unburden themselves of this load. Probably because of Sloth.

Beware the horned ones.

The beautiful, beautiful horned ones.


Anonymous said...

I posted about these lovely creatures as well, but your coverage was much more extensive. :-)

TexWisGirl said...

angels devouring butterflies with such fervor! your writing always entertains!

Joseph JG said...

@shewalkssoftly: Ah! Well I'm glad I could reintroduce you to something so beautiful.

@TexWisGirl: :D I'm glad you think so, and thanks!

Crunchy said...

They look half-way between the Sea Butterfly and the Enypniastes.

And I can STILL see their guts! Maybe we should get these guys some little tiny sweaters. It would probably make the cold temperatures more manageable.

Joseph JG said...

Hey! I hadn't thought of that half-way thing but you're right!

As for the sweaters, you're welcome to get those knitting needles out! Who knows what reward you might receive in the hereafter...

Crunchy said...

Well I do fancy the idea of Freezing Cold Transparent Gut-Fish Heaven...

Joseph JG said...

Gosh. When you put it like that...

Maybe I could just cut a couple holes in some thermal socks? I'm sure they'd like that!

(I wonder if there's another way to use "like that".)

Bhavani said...

I am not a major fan of fishes (may be because I am a pure vegetarian) but hey I should admit that this Sea Angel is really a lovely one!

Ugly Animals

Joseph JG said...

Ha! Surely you don't need to eat a thing to be a fan of it? But yes, Sea Angels are pretty darn wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I have just read that there are some other angels floating about in the oceans... the angel sharks. Maybe you could tell us something about them in the future - for example if they are so "angelic" in behaviour like these sea angels :D

Joseph JG said...

Ah, yes! I was planning on getting to them soon!

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