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Watasenia scintillans

The Firefly Squid is a bioluminescent squid growing to a length of only three inches. The squid is equipped with special light-producing organs called photophores that emit a deep blue light. Large photophores can be found on the tips of the tentacles as well as around the eyes, and thousands of tiny photophores can be found throughout the squid’s body, giving it the ability to emit light along its entire form.
In the Toyama Bay, in the central Japan Sea, the squid are found in fantastic abundance. Normally living at 1200 feet underwater, waves in the Toyama bay pushes the squid to the surface in massive numbers where they are fished by tons from March to June.
The spawning season of the firefly squid also runs during the same period. Millions of squid come together to fertilize and to drop their eggs in the Toyama Bay. This event is very important for other sea creatures and sea birds that enjoy eating the dead bodies of the firefly squid.
Early in the morning, after 3 AM, sightseeing boats depart the Namerikawa fishing port (Namerikawa is also home to the world’s only museum dedicated to the firefly squid) in Toyama prefecture, making a short journey to fixed nets located about 1 to 2 km offshore. As the fishermen haul in their nets, the light emitted by the firefly squid causes the sea surface to glow a cobalt blue.
The lights from thousands of firefly squid can flash in unison or alternated in an endless number of animated patterns. These light shows are thought to serve several functions. They can be used to communicate with potential mates or rivals. They may also be used to disguise the squid’s shape and confuse predators, allowing it to escape. On the other hand, it is believed that the squid can also use their blue lights to attract prey. By flashing the lights on and off, they can attract small fish and then pounce on them with their powerful tentacles

For more information on the Firefly Squid, visit:
http://www.seasky.org/deep-sea/firefly-squid.html

The Angtsìk [Hammerhead Titanothere] is approximately eleven meters long, which is almost twice the size of an elephant, and is essentially a six-legged, monstrous version of Earth’s brontotheriidae. It has four eyes and bioluminescent patterns are present on the fan structure.

The Hammerhead Titanothere has poor distance vision, but makes up for this with acute hearing and an excellent sense of smell. Although massive, its six limbs allow it to pivot rapidly when it detects a threat from the side or rear. The animal’s overlapping body plates and large, bony shoulder and back offer protection during battles. Their armor, however, only covers the front of their bodies. Their hindquarters are relatively unprotected.

This massive, grazing creature travels in moderately large herds or packs of 10-20 animals. It is fairly social, but also extremely territorial and hierarchical. Alpha males use their considerable momentum to spread their scent by smashing trees, thus warning other animals to steer clear. Hammerhead Titanotheres group together when attacked by a Thanator or Leonopteryx, which are their only known predators.

http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Hammerhead_Titanothere

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It’s okay. I’ve been listening to Miss A’s new song, “I don’t Need a Man” and I now realise that I’m strong and independent and don’t need no man

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This is the Atolla wyvillei, also known as the Alarm Jellyfish - and it has a rather unique defense mechanism. When attacked, it launches a series of flashes using bioluminescene (the same biological process that I’m studying for my dissertation :P) in an attempt to attract other animals. This behavior is believed to cause confusion and fights between predators as they often become more interested in each other than the jellyfish, allowing it to slip away :)

Pretty darn sneaky if you ask me! :P

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