Monday 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Life is tough in the deep sea. Even Santa has to economise. There's not enough food to keep reindeer well fed, let alone towels to keep their fur dry. Sleighs have a habit of shattering under the pressure and poor old Santa has a tough time retaining his jolly, rotund figure.

And so, here's Santa the Whip-lash Squid dragging a sack of gifts in his own tentacle. Look closely and you can see a toy Alvin submersible and a whole lot of tuna. Thank goodness they don't ask for much, these denizens of the deep!

Mery Christmas everyone!

Sunday 10 December 2017

Iridescent Bark Mantis

Image: Frupus
Metallyticus splendidus
Iridescent Bark Mantis?

Or a cockroach dressed up for disco night?

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Liguus Tree Snail

Image: Rafy Rodriguez
Liguus virgineus
You don't have to take a dip in the ocean to be wowed by a beautiful gastropod.

Some of them are right there in the trees!

Friday 1 December 2017

Social Feather Duster Worm

Image: Nick Hobgood
Bispira brunnea
It's the cluster duster!

In my experience, feather dusters are often gregarious—I usually find them in packs of three or four, sometimes six—but the Social Feather Duster Worm puts those numbers to shame!