crustaceans

anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on eating oysters/mussels? I know biologically they are not related to the plant kingdom so they are classified meat?, maybe i don't know, but on the other hand they don't have a central nervous system so don't feel any pain. Could I still call myself vegan?

Scallops can swim away from predators by “flapping” their shells. They can detect light and movement with small eyes that are located around the perimeter of their bodies. Clams can escape by burrowing through sand. Mussels are able to gradually move to a better home, re anchoring themselves in a new location. Oysters protect their soft bodies by snapping their shells tightly closed at the first hint of danger.

As we learn more about the many animal species with whom we share this planet, we keep discovering that they are more intelligent, more feeling, and more empathetic than we had previously realized. The evidence for sentience in squids, octopuses, and crustaceans is increasingly clear. We don’t yet know whether oysters feel pain, but if they do, they represent a very large number of suffering animals—a single meal might require the deaths of 12 or more oysters. We don’t need to consume oysters, scallops and clams to survive.

anonymous asked:

'rich bitch'? How unprofessional, what is this, a frat house? Plus you can't honestly be selling this for $40 an ounce when it's obviously cinnamon, table salt, and kitchen floor crumbs, it isn't Pineapple Express or Alien Dog Hybrid. There's no way in hell I'm gonna pay $40 for bath salts to smoke, you sadistic crustacean.

oh my god this is the best message i’ve ever gotten. at first i was hackles up wondering where you got $40 an oz (it’s ~1.25ish/oz) and by the end of it i was choking on my own spit

vimesbootstheory asked:

what would you say to someone looking to be convinced into watching farscape? I think I've tried the first episode twice and I can't remember whether I even finished it, I couldn't get past the muppets, couldn't relate to that level of weird. plus romances, for me, are a perk rather than a clincher, and it seems like people mainly just talk about how great and realistic john/aeryn is. which is great, don't get me wrong, it's just not enough to get me over the muppet factor.

Well, for me, the Muppets are a bonus, not something to get over. ;-) And some of the prosthetics and creatures designed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop are nothing short of breathtaking.


(That crustacean-looking thing is Pilot. He will make you cry, and you will wonder what has become of your life that you are capable of shedding actual tears over a giant crustacean Muppet.)

Farscape definitely has some cheesiness, especially in the first season, that a lot of 90s sci-fi shows had. And the first half of S1 is rather uneven. I think most people agree that the series really picks up at “A Human Reaction” in mid-S1 and gets better and better from there.

John Crichton is one of my all-time favorite characters because from the very first episode, he’s clearly totally in over his head, which is so realistic. I mean, if you got sucked through a wormhole to the other side of the universe and thrown onto a ship full of alien outlaws, wouldn’t you be floundering?

Even though on earth Crichton is an astronaut and a genius scientist, once he’s stuck on this spaceship–a living spaceship–all his expertise and knowledge are pretty useless. He’s constantly fucking up and doing and saying the wrong things. This is the HERO and everyone else is basically patting him on the head and rolling their eyes at him from the very first episode because he keeps thinking he knows what’s going on but he clearly does not. He gets better, and he learns, slowly and with lots of screwups along the way, but he’s like a living inverted trope and it’s amazing. Also, he’s a walking pop culture reference, and none of the aliens he lives with have a clue what he’s talking about half the time, and he doesn’t really care. Oh, and he slowly goes crazy over the course of a season, and then spends most of the rest of the show pretty clearly suffering from PTSD but kicking ass anyway. Or at least holding Aeryn Sun’s flower for her while she kicks ass (◡‿◡✿)

John and Aeryn’s relationship is definitely wonderful, and Ben and Claudia’s chemistry is delightful. (My tag for them is everyone’s OTP.) But there are so many fantastic relationships among the characters on the show: friendship and romance and love, enemies and reluctant allies, parent and child, family and found family. Plus politics and religion and sex and philosophy.

My favorite meta about the relationships on Farscape is from she-was-a-rose‘s tags on this gifset of John Crichton and Chiana, a young pansexual Nebari woman who is part of Moya’s crew:

#and you think this is the ship #because this kind of strong love between male and female characters #seems as if it should always be romantic #ohh honey let me EXPLAIN YOU A THING #FARSCAPE #TAKES ALL YOUR ROMANTIC NOTIONS #CRUSHES THEM #TURNS THEM INTO STARDUST #MIXES THAT DUST WITH LSD AND THE OUTER SPACE EQUIVALENT OF SPECIAL BROWNIES #AND FLINGS IT INTO NEW INSANE CONSTELLATIONS OF LOVE AND TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP #AND ALSO SEX #um #did i mention the sex? #whenever it happens i’m just like #SEX! *flings arms up in exasperation and drama* in SPACE!!!!! #farscape #like disney on acid #welcome to our universe #strap in #it’s gonna be a riiide (<3)

All the characters on Farscape are crazy complex, and enemies keep turning into allies, even the ones you think could NEVER be allies.

John and Aeryn’s relationship develops so realistically and believably–you know, for a relationship between a human and a Sebacean living on a Leviathan spaceship running from the law on the other side of the universe–and when they have problems there are real reasons for them, it’s not manufactured angst. And yes, it’s a romance, but it’s also a friendship, and a partnership, and learning to be more than you thought you could be. “You could be more” is a line John says to Aeryn in the first episode, and it’s a theme that echoes throughout the entire series, for Aeryn and John and everyone, really: breaking free from expectations and proscribed roles and finding out what you’re really made of, what you’re truly capable of.

SO MANY complex, layered female characters, good guys and bad guys alike. INCLUDING THE LIVING SPACESHIP, whose name is Moya. You will love her, and she will break your heart.


(This photo isn’t even the half of it. There are at least three major female characters not in this photo, and another dozen secondary recurring characters, along with another couple dozen amazing one-shot characters. Farscape has SO MANY LADIES.)

Aliens who are ALIEN, who have non-human, non-Earthcentric values and motivations, who are mostly dismissive of a human from a planet called “Erp.”

There are definitely some moments when you have to be willing to overlook the cheesiness and the Muppets (we won’t talk about “Jeremiah Crichton” except to say, watch the DVD commentary if you can because the cast and crew know that episode was kind of awful and they spend the commentary hilariously breaking down all the reasons why it didn’t work), but if you can manage that, you’re rewarded with a smart, thoughtful, heart-breaking, trope-bending, goofy show full of amazing characters, in SPACE. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

I hope this helps, Erin! Feel free to browse my watch Farscape tag for more reasons to watch this magnificent show.

Open Starter - A Crab’s Life

The dog barked at the crustacean. The dog lunged at the crab, snapping his jaws at the shell of the crab. The crab clicked its claws, snipping at the mangy cur until the crab, agitated and irritated, made a hiccuping sound.

Instead of bubbles or water, a gout of flame burped from the crab’s mouth.

The dog yipped, the flame burning his little doggy eyebrows, and he nearly backflipped in his hurry to get away. The furry beast beat feet away from yellow crab, who clicked their claws triumphantly.

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Species: Heaviside’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)

Physical appearance: The Heaviside’s dolphin is a small, stocky species that doesn’t grow beyond six feet in length. It has a striking grey, black, and white color pattern.

Habitat: Has a small range, found off the coasts of Nambia and South Africa.

Conservation status: Data Deficient

Threats: Entanglement in fishing gear. Due to their small range, they may also be threatened by chemical pollution, boat traffic, coastal development, and the occasional illegal hunting.

Socialization: This highly active species is usually only found in small groups of fewer than ten.

Predators and prey: They feed on bottom-dwelling fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans.

Relationships with humans: This species has not been extensively studied by scientists, with most of what we know about them being from opportunistic observations. They have been hunted on a small scale from time to time.


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Lobsterbeast (or L.B. to his friends) is a giant, slightly anthropomorphised lobster dealing with his sudden and unexpected ascension to sentience. 

He is a highly neurotic crustacean with a pair of orange swim trunks and a long list of phobias including, but not limited to : rubber bands, open spaces, the ocean, and social interaction.

He used to be a grocery store tank lobster until a run in with some radioactive waste(or some other zany thing I haven’t thought of yet) made him grow to about 5 feet tall and gain the ability to speak and survive on land. 

Now he lives in a small coastal town in Maine where he works as a grocery store clerk at the store he was once for-sale in. Both because it’s what he knows and because he has a big crush on the girl who works the seafood counter.

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Sally Lightfoot Crab-Grapsus grapsus is a typically shaped crab, with five pairs of legs, the front two bearing small, blocky, symmetrical chelae. The other legs are broad and flat, with only the tips touching the substrate. The crab’s round, flat carapace is slightly longer than 8 centimetres (3.1 in). Young G. grapsus are black or dark brown in colour and are camouflaged well on the black lava coasts of volcanic islands. Adults are quite variable in colour; some are muted brownish-red, some mottled or spotted brown, pink, or yellow. (sources 1,2)

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For a series entitled Bottom Feeders, New York-based ceramic artist Mary O’Malley created a variety of wonderful porcelain teacups, saucers, teapots, and vases adorned with and inhabited by a variety of “porcelain crustaceans.” Mary’s pieces don’t appear to be made by hand. Instead  they look as though they spent ages on the ocean floor where they were overtaken and inhabited by all sorts of undersea creatures before being brought to the surface for display.

If you head over to Mary O’Malley Etsy shop you’ll find many original pieces from the Bottom Feeders series available for purchase. They’re perfect for your next underwater-themed high tea or a meeting of your local Lovecraftian cult book club.

[via Colossal]

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Deep Sea Fauna… with Googly Eyes is an awesome site right here on Tumblr that posts photos of amazing deep sea creatures that have been hilariously enhanced with googly eyes. Learn about the myriad mysterious creature of the deep while laughing at their goofy peepers. (Don’t worry, they live way, way far down in the ocean depths. They’ll never know.)

These images are just a small sampling. Head over to deepseafauna for many more.

And what about you? Do you have an urge to googly eye-ify something? Click here to stock up.

It’s Wonderfully Weird Water Friday on Geyser of Awesome!

This is a segment from BBC's Life Story, and it captures some pretty extraordinary animal behavior. When a new shell washes up on shore, these hermit crabs measure each other and then line up from biggest to smallest until a crab that’s the right size for the new shell comes along. Then the crabs pass their old shells down the line and grab a new, slightly larger one. That way, each hermit crab in the line finds its new home with little hassle.

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TONGUE-EATING LOUSE

Family: Cymothoidae

‘Fun’ Fact:  This creature enters a fish’s body through its gills, attaches itself to the base of the fish’s tongue and extracts blood from the tongue with its claws. In fact, this isopod drinks so much blood that the tongue atrophies away, starved of all nutrients. Then it replaces the tongue by attaching itself to the muscles of the exposed tongue stub. The fish uses the louse as if the parasite were its very own tongue.

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We aren’t sure if this Giant Isopod iPhone case would deter phone theft or actually encourage it, but either way it’s creepily awesome. You could chat on your isopod phone while snacking on a batch of adorably creepy isopod sausages or actual giant isopods.

Created exclusively for sale in Japan, these limited edition communication crustaceans come in both silver and gold versions, which sell for $80 and $120 respectively. Only 500 were produced, so we’d better buy plane tickets soon if we hope to snag one for ourselves.

It probably won’t fit in your pocket. But if your phone looked this fantastically freaky, would you ever want to put it away? Neither would we.

[via Geekologie]