Friday 25 September 2015

Firebrick Starfish

Image: Richard Ling
Asterodiscides truncatus
Who knew bricks could look so pretty!

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Tickle of the Crab's Claw

Getting tickled in the belly is bad enough as it is. The INDIGNITY!

Monday 21 September 2015

Crested Chameleon

Image: Bernard DUPONT
As if chameleons weren't weird enough already, they go all Spinosaurus on us.

Saturday 19 September 2015

Elephant Ear Sponge

Image: Richard Ling
Ianthella basta
If it's bad to make a pig's ear of a thing, how much worse an elephant's?

Thursday 17 September 2015

Arms, Arms, Everywhere

Nor any hand to shake.

Monday 14 September 2015


Image: revjlw
What do you get when you combine a fish and a stone?

Friday 11 September 2015

Tentacle Heaven

Image: Nick Hobgood
Now THIS is a Decorator Crab who knows what decoration is all about! Forget your wallpaper and papier mache dragon heads. Forget even about the lumps of sponge so many other Decorator Crabs swathe their bodies in. Nope. It's all about the tentacles. It's ALL about the tentacles!

By covering itself head to claw in hydroid polyps this crab not only looks good, it also gains protection since all those tentacles happen to be bristling with stinging cells. And it's pretty good for the polyps, too, as they get ferried around to all the best feeding areas their faithful mount can find.

It's a match made in heaven. Tentacle Heaven. And it's ALL about Tentacle Heaven.

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Antenna Ray

It's the one thing every creature with a long, thin tail wants...

A longer, thinner tail!

Friday 4 September 2015

Egyptian Sea Star

Image: Alexander Vasenin
Gomophia egyptiaca
It's what I've always wanted!

A demonic starfish.

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Inner Monster Unleashed

It's a glorious deep sea siphonophore!