Friday 31 August 2012

Armed Cranch Squid

Image: Richard E. Young
Galiteuthis armata
You don't need the eyes of an Armed Cranch Squid to see the ridiculous weaponry of the Armed Cranch Squid! Which is good news; eyes like that would upset the delicate balance of my face.

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Slipper Lobster

Image: Wikimedia
It's neither a slipper nor a true lobster, but it is a TANK!

Sunday 26 August 2012

Sexton Beetle

Image: Nigel Jones via Flickr
I don't like the look of this at all.
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Friday 24 August 2012

The Little Red Coffinfish

This must be the most adorable thing associated with a coffin, ever! Even better than that sexy vampire you were thinking you might marry. It would never work, you know. You're far better off cuddling this cheeky, little strawberry!

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Bolas Spider

Image: Kenneth F. Haynes and Kenneth V. Yeargan
It's always a little creepy when a spider acquires an unusual skill. So let's get creepy!

Sunday 19 August 2012

Sea Squirt

Image: Nick Hobgood
Oh dear. It's that time again. That time when we, the proud and noble vertebrates, are forced to visit the other side of the family. Bah! Those spineless cousins of ours are so embarrassing! OK. Take a deep breath and hold your nose. We're going to say... "hello". Yuck!

Friday 17 August 2012


Image: Wikipedia
Worms can be pretty too, you know.

Thursday 16 August 2012

Tidal Pools: Nature's Putrid Sewers - Horrifying Planet

Too funny for words! So I just laughed instead.

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Porcelain Crab

Image: Nick Hobgood
Some Porcelain Crabs look good enough to be made into porcelain collectables. They still wouldn't be proper crabs though!

Sunday 12 August 2012

Sand Tiger Shark

Image: richard ling via Flickr
Carcharias taurus
Eek! This is definitely one of the most ogrish, fearsome looking sharks I've ever seen! I quake and I shake! I quiver and shiver!

Friday 10 August 2012

Brisingid Starfish

Image: neptunecanada via Flickr
Starfish don't get more spindly, spiny and spooky than the Brisingids!

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Deepwater White Coral

Image: S. W. Ross (UNCW)
Lophelia Pertusa
Not all corals form their reefs in warm, sun-kissed, sun-smooched and sun-snogged waters. Some don't even want a peck on the cheek from the blasted thing. Dare to be different!

Sunday 5 August 2012

Schmidt Sting Pain Index: Categorising "OUCH"

Image: Cayusa via Flickr
Justin O. Schmidt is a madman who decided it would be cool to get himself stung by as many things that can sting as possible. He's a scientist, studying various things to do with insects and arachnids, but I like to think of him as a pain enthusiast who stumbled into a career that allowed him to pursue a childhood interest in getting hurt.

Friday 3 August 2012

Elephant's Foot

Image: Martin_Heigan via Flickr
Pachypodium namaquanum
It's an Elephant's Foot! It's taller than an entire elephant! And... where's the rest of the elephant?

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Henfish aka THE Lumpsucker

Image: Biopix: JC Schou
Cyclopterus lumpus
We all love big, ugly fish, right? How would we know the small and beautiful without them? You need a few ogres around or you won't recognise a pixie when you see it. I think...