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Spotted cleaner shrimp in a sponge with a pistol shrimp lurking behind. I love my little invertebrates!

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HUGGERS… meet the Shy Shark!  THIS IS A THING!  THIS IS REALLY A THING….! 

450 millions years of evolution and 'if i can't see it, it can't hurt me' is the best they could come up with!  WAY too adorable!  

You know, there are so many other jawsome sharks out there - shark week shouldn’t just focus on the white shark.  I love a good breach as much as the next shark lover, but these guys are too cute!  <3

Chambered Nautilus - Nautilus pompilius

Shells of the Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus pompilius (Nautilidae) are formed by two layers. The external layer has a pattern of irregular brown to reddish brown stripes, while the inner layer (as seen in the photo) is striking white iridescent.

The iridescent material inside nautilus shells is sometimes machined into pleasing shapes and sold as “Osmeña pearl.”

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Maciej Bledowski

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Eternal Reefs

A way for someone to recycle their body and help marine life. Eternal Reefs transform human remains into artificial coral reefs for marine life. They help restore the fragile ecosystems off our coasts, providing an environment that supports coral and micro-organisms.

The idea was that of two students at the University of Georgia in the 80s. The idea to help came to them when they were diving off of the Florida Keys on break and saw all the deterioration and degradation of the reefs and decided to do something about it.

You can be useful to the environment even after death.

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Alexander Theodor von Middendorff, Aufzählung und Beschreibung der zur Meersfauna Russlands gehörigen Einschaler, 1894.