The Featured Creature: Sea Sapphire: the Most Beautiful Animal You’ve Never Heard Of
This is the Sea Sapphire, an absolutely STUNNING marine copepod. Japanese fishermen would call a gathering of these creatures “tama-mizu”, or jeweled water.
Make sure to watch the VIDEO in the article!!
Did you know? Sea anemones can have anywhere from a dozen to a few hundred stinging tentacles!
This blog is two years old today!
Happy birthday to everyone! because you are what made this blog.
How should we celebrate? I’m thinking cupcakes.
White-Spotted Jellyfish (Phyllorhiza Punctata)
Each jellyfish can filter as much as 13,200 gallons of sea water per day. While doing that, it ingests the plankton that native species need. As an invasive species, it has become a threat to several species of shrimp.
Comb jellies were included in Science News’ list of top genomes of 2013. Last year, MBARI Scientist Steven Haddock was an author on a paper that highlighted these fascinating and wondrous creatures.
Read more about this research here: MBARI
Image: After sequencing the genome of Mnemiopsis leidyi, researchers in this study compared its genomic data to other ctenophore species including this comb jelly, Bathyctena chuni.
Southern Biscuit Star (Tosia australis) endemic to the temperate waters of southern Australia.
Anyone out there prone to rosy cheeks in embarrassing situations? This Deep-sea squid (Mastigoteuthis hjorti) sympathizes. Seen in Gulf of Mexico, It has special cells called chromatophores that allow it to change color at will.
- video by Exploration Now