Archive for May, 2017

Sea Slug Census

May 24, 2017

This video features some of the more interesting characters from the Sea Slug Census which took place in Nelson Bay, NSW. Some of the nudibranchs show off enough of their undersides around the head such that it’s plausible to see how they are actual respirating animals; some still look like throw pillows to me.

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Whelk! it’s a candy striper!

May 19, 2017

Here is even more of a survey of sea life in Ireland. I am particularly fascinated by the nudibranch, but this creature, as our diver friend tells us, is a candy striped flatworm, which isn’t even in the same phylum. It’s an interesting, relaxing watch.

But then comes a whelk. Scary little critter. Apparently they eat these in Britain.

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Bait ball of Yellowtail Scad

May 15, 2017

Here is some interesting footage of nurse sharks around Broughton Island. The best part is how giant schools of Yellowtail Scad, Trachurus novaezelandiae negotiate safely to avoid the shark, but apparently not the dive cameraman.

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Relax with a mola mola

May 11, 2017

Time well spent with a mola mola. A wonderfully odd creature. I was thinking about how the early sailors had to deal with legends of all kinds of monsters. We today no there’s no such thing as monsters. But if you take one of the oddest real-life creatures from the sea, plop it on the dock next to a 14th century peasant, and they’d probably go into the same conniptions as anything actually demonic or extraterrestrial.

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Cuttlefish on the run

May 2, 2017

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d14Ryanzh9Q

This simple video shows a pair of cuttlefish expertly match their coloration to the mottled sea floor while they are trying to hide, then change color to that of the deep sea blue as they make their escape.¬† It’s almost like one of them was pretending to be sleeping at first.

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