Sunday 30 November 2014

Cow Shark

Image: Peter Southwood
Cow Shark. Cow. Shark.

This is a most unlikely alliance.

Saturday 29 November 2014

Picasso Sponge 24

This Picasso Sponge depicts a self-absorbed tree who is unable to see the wood for himself.


Friday 28 November 2014

Halcampa arctica

Image: SERPENT Media Archive Project
Halcampa arctica
Well, would you look at that. It's a water resistant camp fire! Whatever will they think of next?

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Goldentail Gecko

Image: Dave Fleming
Strophurus taenicauda
Wow! Look at this beauty! That black and silver scale pattern would make for a sweet tie. Maybe a pair of shoes to go with it. Maybe a suit, too. And a couch? Carpets? Duvet cover!

That'd be one sassy bachelor pad.

Sunday 23 November 2014

Moon Snail

Image: Lynette
I guess I'm still stuck with a blinkered, terrestrial view of things but I can't help it. I'm constantly surprised by predatory, meat-eating snails!

And this one even couples it with a bit of carpentry...

Saturday 22 November 2014

Black Sea Devil

Deep sea anglerfish par excellence!

Friday 21 November 2014

Glowing Worms of Someone's or Something's Death

Image: Jeff Cremer
Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a train heading straight for you.

Other times it's a meat-eating worm! Though that's admittedly more rare.

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Banded Bull Frog

Image: Thomas Brown
Kaloula pulchra
A small frog with an ENORMOUS frog bursting to get out!

Sunday 16 November 2014

Lampshade Spider

Image: Ryan Kaldari
At last! Spiders who use their silk to make useful, household objects! Someday we'll be able to go to IKEA and instead of taking home an annoying flat pack bookcase to assemble, it'll just be a box of trained spiders.

Saturday 15 November 2014

Picasso Sponge 23

This Picasso Sponge depicts Truth and Beauty. They're not on speaking terms.


Yet another one from Esther! Wowee!

Friday 14 November 2014

Phyrella mookiei

Image: Michonneau F, & Paulay G
Good grief! Is that a sea cucumber attempting to be fuzzy AND wuzzy, both? Does it expect a cuddle?

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Fairy Lantern, Thismia

Image: Tindo2
A tiny, wondrous cheat? Or a glimpse into fairy biotechnology?

Sunday 9 November 2014


Image: Moorea Biocode
You know when you turn over a stone and find half an ant's nest in all its bustle, a small community of millipedes waking up from its slumber and a surprisingly large spider scurrying away into the undergrowth and you think "wow, who knew there would be so many legs under this one stone?"

That's pretty much how I felt when I found out about the Tanaids.

Saturday 8 November 2014

Picasso Sponge 22

This Picasso Sponge depicts the ghostly apparition of a housing development as it haunts a moonlit forest clearing.

Another one from Esther! Woo!

Friday 7 November 2014

Snipe Eel

Image: NOAA Photo Library
Eels are famously long and thin but none are as stupendously skinny as the Snipe Eel!

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Crucifix Frog

Image: eyeweed
Notaden bennettii
The brutal, Roman execution device is now a snazzy pattern on a plump frog...

Metamorphosis complete!

Sunday 2 November 2014

Rhinoceros Viper

Image: Josh More
Bitis nasicornis
Vipers already have two long, sharp things sticking out of their upper jaw, so what do they need with yet more sticking out of their snout?

So unfair!

Saturday 1 November 2014

Picasso Sponge 21

This Picasso Sponge depicts a dystopian future in which the sky above the port is the colour of television, tuned to Saturday morning cartoons.


Humongous thanks to Dear Reader Esther for the picture!