This monster inhabits the swampiest corner of the uncanny valley.
Did I think we’d get to anthropomorphising slime mold so soon? Honestly - no!
This chimera translates a slime molds responses to stimulus into facial motions and comes straight out of Andrew Adamatzky’s centre for unconventional computing (link) which has previously demonstrated how to build computers from slime mold (link)
belongs to the artist
this is a fanart of a painting made by johann friedrich overback
the painting was called “italia und germania” and it’s about germany and italy sharing a common heritage
the two nations are anthropomorphised as a the romantic representation of two women friendship
and below is the original painting
it was canon before we were born XD
(sorry for my bad english >
Woo-hoo, I’ve just got mine. It is awesome. UK peeps can now buy Megg and Mogg full volume Megahex.
"Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphised owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. These characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s Girl-Mountain Tumblr. Features all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.
Thor amboinensis (Sexy anemone shrimp), and a friend! Pulau Mamutik, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kota Kinabalu, 12m
Shrimp, like T. amboinensis, can be really hard to spot because they’re so tiny! This species gets up to about 13mm (0.5in) in size. Once you know where to look though, they’re hard to miss - check out those beautiful colours!
T. amboinensis gets its common name, the sexy anemone shrimp, from the way it sits with its tail curled up over its back, and when it walks its abdomen sways from side to side. (If you’re not a fan of anthropomorphising animals, it’s also known as the squat shrimp.)
T. amboinensis have commensal relationships with other invertebrates, usually sea anemones. A commensal relationship between two organisms is when one benefits without affecting the other - in this case, the shrimp lives deep within the anemone’s stinging tentacles for protection, and the anemone is neither harmed nor helped by the shrimp’s presence.
Course, a big old anemone is more than enough room for a tiny little T. amboinensis, so it’s not surprising that this one’s being photobombed by a second shrimp, at the top left! The second shrimp is a different species, Ancylomenes venustus, or the graceful anemone shrimp.
Classification Animalia - Arthropoda - Malacostraca - Decapoda - Hippolytidae - Thor - T. amboinensis
Credit: This gorgeous photo wasn’t taken by me; our fantastic dive guide Pablo from Dive Downbelow snapped it on my camera.