Of course it is! It's just a shame about the killing...
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Sunday, 26 February 2012
|Image: Sam Fraser-Smith via Flickr|
You look gorgeous, darling!
Welcome to our little Gasteracantha party! Here you will find some of the most fabulous and outrageously dressed members of the genus. They are commonly known as Spiny Orb-weavers, which is fine if you're common, but you're with the in-crowd now, darling!
Friday, 24 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
|Image: Barcroft Media|
Monday, 20 February 2012
I started a tumblr blog!
Apparently tumblr is full to brim with hip, young things and the thought of so many hip, young things being in ignorance of a weird looking fish was getting really stressful.
It'll be a quik ting, with just a picture from here and a link. That seems to be the hip and young thing to do.
So if you're a tumblr user, check it out! If not... check it out!
Real Monstrosities on tumblr
Sunday, 19 February 2012
|Image: Dr. Bob Embley, NOAA|
We can see that deep sea mussels can cooperate to make an utter spectacle of themselves. Who else wants to outrageously flaunt their ability to survive Earth's most hellish habitat?
Friday, 17 February 2012
|Image: Mary Keim via Flickr|
Thursday, 16 February 2012
I hate smiling. It's fine when there's an actual reason to smile, but grinning idiotically at a camera like an actor wildly gesticulating at a blue screen? Nah.
Still, it's tradition. Plus you get to see my snazzy shirt from ooshirts.com in the wild!
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
|Image: Arno & Louise Wildlife via Flickr|
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
I love you all! In a way that's charmingly and excitingly inappropriate but doesn't get all weird and disturbing.
Just in case your beautiful, thoughtful face is attractively deformed by befuddlement and WTF, I'll say it's a female Deep Sea Anglerfish with her attendant male. It's completely normal and natural!
So I get an email essentially saying "free custom t-shirts from ooshirts.com?"
At first I'm like:
"and you are?"
"so you claim, so you claim".
I checked it out a little and free shirts appeared to be an increasingly likely outcome, as opposed to "loads of money mysteriously disappeared from your account".
So I done it and I got 'em.
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Minerals spew out and, through a process called chemosynthesis, bacteria are able to take poisonous hydrogen sulphide and make from it all the sugars they need for survival.
They flourish in this deadly atmosphere and provide a source of food for a whole host of animals. They rely on energy not from the Sun, but from Earth herself.
It's a community of life, sitting on a mat of bacteria atop a volcano. Makes that elephants on a turtle one sound quite reasonable, doesn't it?
Friday, 10 February 2012
So they found a massive amphipod over 4 miles deep in the Kermadec Trench off New Zealand. A good sized amphipod is usually a few centimetres long (an inch) but this thing is 28 cm (almost a foot)! And that's the biggest one they managed to drag up, they actually spotted on camera one that was 34 cm (over a foot) long.
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
|Image: Nick Caloyianis/National Geographic|
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Darkness spews into the darkness.
Chocolate! Why have you forsaken us!
We're talking about hydrothermal vents.
Friday, 3 February 2012
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
|Image: Stephen Dalton|