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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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Brief glimpse of active camo on cuttlefish

April 19, 2017

It just takes a minute to see a cuttlefish use active camouflage as it is stalked by a diver. It’s interesting that it keeps its body at a 90 degree angle to the diver, I guess to be ready to bolt.

When that minute is up, you could buy this book about one of Jacques Cousteau’s chief divers:

Not quite “The Wall”: cuttlefish mating

April 1, 2017

Here’s a short video of cuttlefish approaching for the mating ritual. I’m assuming the aggressor is the male, but that may be an anthromorphistic bias. Interesting how the male changes his color back and forth during the ritual. The Encyclopedia of Life says that the gestation period is 30 to 90 days, and they may have 100 to 1000 offspring.

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Does an anglerfish dump in the sea?

March 16, 2017

See for yourself. This is a wartskin anglerfish, sometimes also called a warty or clown frogfish. Hes’ trying to be discreet about it: move along!

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Oil rig Dive

March 2, 2017

This video has too many creatures to name, too many spectacular views, from the architecture of an oil rig’s bearings, to the multiple coral structures that have grown upon it. Just sit back in awe.

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Dana Point Tide Pools

February 24, 2017

This video offers a wonderful instruction on all the animals you can see on the shore at low tide in Dana Point, California. Snails, tube worms, limpets, mussels, etc. Stanford has also published a list of all the creatures you’re apt to find at low tide.

You could also get around in an ocean kayak to explore more of the sea. Click on the image to see more from Amazon.

Telephone pole: instant ecosystem

February 19, 2017

Here’s an interesting observation by some fishermen in the Gulf off of Mississippi: a little ecosystem that appears to have collected around a floating telephone pole. I suppose just a few little fish being provided a slight advantage in fleeing from bigger fish just snowballs into a complete system with jellyfish, and what the diver calls, “chicken mahi”.

But even cooler is this postcard with a narwhal in a hat! Send to a friend for 93 cents plus shipping.

mr. narhwal postcard
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by Steph_Allison

About the site icon

February 12, 2017

The site icon is derived from “Ocean Life,” a watercolor by James M. Sommerville (1825–1899). It is part of the Met’s collection of images that are now available under a CC0, Creative Commons license. I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before, but that’s where I got it.

Giant cuttlefish

February 8, 2017

The Giant Australian Cuttlefish needs rocks on which to lay its eggs. The author describes some of the more whimsical aspects of their mating rituals.

Dried anchovies could be a good snack, or add flavor to the base of your hot pot! Click on the image below.

Maluku Muck Nudibranch, et al.

February 7, 2017

A series of high resolution vignettes where we get to meet the actors in a great play of the chorus of life in Maluku Muck, Indonesia. Many fantastical creatures like harlequin shrimp and the mantis shrimp, who is not going to slaughter us today. Multiple nudibranch species, all of which make us wonder how these delicate and clumsy creatures could possibly survive. Watch this one in HD on a desktop for sure. And wait till you get to the pipefish.

When you’re done, let’s not forget to be concerned about a house for hermit crab.