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Here’s an awesome Coral Snake that’s only venomous if you have a peanut allergy. Redditor Dookalignmike’s uncle spent six hours making this fantastic Reese’s Pieces Snake Cake for his lucky cousin’s birthday.

Considering how much chocolate frosting and all the packages of Reese’s Pieces that went into covering this sugary reptile, we might be willing to brave a snake bite in order to get a piece of this mouthwatering cake. Mmm… snake cake.

[via Neatorama]

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These adorably strange little creatures that looks like a pieces of coral that just woke up are Pygmy seahorses, a species of seahorse that was completely unknown to science until the 1970s. Found in Southeast Asia in the Coral Triangle area, they’re incredibly small - measuring only two centimeters long - which ranks them among the smallest seahorses on earth. So between their itty-bittiess and their amazing ability to blend in amongst the the sea grasses, soft corals and gorgonians that they inhabit, it’s a wonder they were discovered at all.

Photos by Daniel Kwok, Jayvee Fernandez, Pacific Klaus, EOL, Graham Short, and Steven Childs respectively.

Click here to learn more about these awesome little fish and visit Ark in Space for additional images.

[via Kuriositas and Ark in Space]

Coral Protection Spell

A piece of coral worn as jewelry has long been regarded as a potent protective amulet. If you can find a piece by yourself, be sure to thank the sea for its gift. Take it to a private place to bless the talisman, saying
“In my life, light shall flow, smooth as the sea. Let this token keep safety ever with me.”

If the coral ever breaks, that will destroy the energy within. At that time, return the pieces to the water with gratitude before making a new amulet.

Delicate Glass Sculptures Inspired by the Sea

Inspired by sea life, American artist Emily Williams creates stunning and delicate glass sculptures which mimic the figures of seaweed, jellyfish and coral. Each piece is hand picked from flawless straight borosilicate glass rods in different diameters to be melted. Meticulously melted by a glass torch, Williams skillfully creates patterns which resembles veins and tree branches. 

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Back from paradise, back to real life.

Kauai was pretty incredible, and so so needed - maybe it was the first time I was truly relaxed in a long time.  Anxiety is one of my main engines, and there is  just no place for it in Island Time.  I’m already missing the sweet air and the open windows and sleeping on beaches - Chicago isn’t giving me any reason to go outside at the moment.  In the meantime, here’s a sketch from some tumbled coral pieces I found and a squirrelfish from a local market.  

Baby Pygmy Seahorses Are Even Cuter Than You Think

For the past three weeks, Richard Ross has been spending his mornings next to a small tank in a back room at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. He leans in close. Not only is the room dark, but the fish inside this tank are masters of hiding in plain sight. They are Bargibant’s pygmy sea horses, and their orange, studded bodies twitch and sway just like the piece of coral they’ve wrapped their tiny, tiny tails around.

They are some of the first pygmy sea horses to ever see the inside of an aquarium, and Ross is one of the first biologists to watch their daily pair bonding in a controlled environment.”

Learn more from wired.

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“Most people don’t realize that large pieces of coral, which have been painted brown and attached to the skull by common wood screws, can make a child look like a deer.”  

So I finally brought myself to do the two-minutes worth of work needed to finish this thing and it is now available in my redbubble store. It’s Noel Fielding as Ceruvial Brooks combined with a Nirvana quote, yes sir, thank you sir, well done me.

There are two versions, one is normal (x), and one is a detail because I sort of liked it on the phone cases better that way (x)

Harlequin Ghostpipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)

Ghostpipefish are tropical fish that are relatives of pipefish and seahorses. They float effortlessly head-down in the open water, their filamentous body and cryptic patterning disguising them as pieces of coral or algae. Unlike their relatives, it is the female that provides care for their eggs, which she protects inside enlarged pelvic fins.

Nick Hobgood on Flickr

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Courtney Mattison

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artist • ocean advocate Corallia Design

 

Our Changing Seas II

This large-scale ceramic coral reef sculptural installation is the second in Courtney Mattison's Our Changing Seas series (the first is at AAAS headquarters in Washington DC). This piece was completed in September 2013 and is now on permanent display at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research in South Florida. It stands about nine feet tall, three by six feet wide and is entirely covered in hand-sculpted and glazed ceramic corals, sponges and other reef-dwelling invertebrates from Western Atlantic and Caribbean coral reefs. The piece depicts a 360° transition from a healthy, vibrant coral reef to a bleached and algal-dominated one and back again to illustrate the human-caused threats reefs face with a sense of hope for recovery. It took a year and a half, but it’s finally finished! A big thank-you to the NSU Oceanographic Center for commissioning this project!!

A peek of only a part of the talented @gregoryhalili all found coral human skeleton. So incredible! It took him years to collect all of the coral pieces by hand from local beaches. 💀♥💀

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