Take off into your week like these baby green sea turtles in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument! 

Located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, this monument provides safe haven for little sea turtles just starting out their lives. More than 90 percent of all Hawaiian green sea turtles come from nests on East Island, an 11-acre island within Papahānaumokuākea. 

(Photo: Koa Matsuoka)


Humpback whale mother and calf taking a nap / by oceanramsey


Corydoras catfish.These adorable little Cories are apart of the armoured catfish family. They are very docile and friendly fish often featured in tropical aquariums. This is due to their compatible nature with most other fish and their ability to aid in the cleaning process as they are typically bottom feeders.

A few different types:

1. Albino, 2. False Bandit, 3.  Bronze, 4. Sterbai, 5. Panda, 6. Black, 7. Reticulatus, 8. Peppered, 9. Julie

Wonderful Comb Jellies

Comb jellies or ctenophora are marine invertebrates that looks like jellyfishes and swims using their combs or large cilia. They are the largest animals who use cilia for locomotion.

Comb jellies are bioluminent. They can produce light.

The above photo shows a comb jelly that belongs to the baroe family. Look at the “combs” of the creature. These are cilia.

It’s a blood belly comb jelly.

This comb jelly is known as sea gooseberry. Why? Look at the photo below to know:

Comb jellies does not have a brain or central nervous system just like a jellyfish.

Comb jellies are voracious eaters. They eat zooplankton. Here is a antarctic ocean ctenophore is eating a krill.

Two week old Octopus incella hatchling in a petri dish about 4cm in diameter. See those small brown spots? Those are chromatophores. They are full of pigmented cells that allow it to change color for communication and camouflage. The two shiny black spots are their eyes.

Not Quite Human AU

You’ve heard of half Galra Keith, but consider this: no one on the ship is 100% human but everyone thinks they are the only one. Allura and Coran notice the differences in all the Paladins DNA but don’t say anything because they think it’s normal for Earthlings.

Lance is half Siren, and a very rare male one at that.

  • His parents met when his mom took an interest in the cute human studying marine life and loudly ranting about asshole humans who stupidly pollute the water. They officially met when his backpack filled with his research fell off his boat. She swam down to grab it and brought it back to him. It was love at first sight for Lance’s dad.
  • Lance is the only boy among four sisters and his mom’s family lost their shit. Male sirens are extremely rare and his mother’s side of the family wanted him among his people.
  • It takes forever for Lance to completely shift forms. His mom can form her tail, scales, and gills in seconds when she’s in water and get her legs back and scales shed in fifteen minutes once she’s on land. Lance and his sister’s take about three hours to be in full Siren form and about half an hour to shift back to human. 
    • They think it takes so long because they spent so much time in human form while growing up.
  • Lance’s tale and scales are a beautiful mix of brilliant blues and almost luminous whites and he’s very proud of how lovely his tail and fins are.
  • His singing, oh god his singing. It can’t exactly lure men to their deaths, but he did bring the entire room to tears when he sang a nursery rhyme in kindergarten. 
    • That was the end of his public singing career, but he loves to sing at home and everyone loves to listen. He’s the only one among his siblings to be able to sing like his mom.

Pidge’s grandparent was a shapeshifter who fell in love with their grandmother and had their mother.

  • Mama Holt actually hates shifting her form because to her it feels like a million ants crawling under her skin. She’s willing to use her abilities to avoid a trip to the salon, look ten years younger then she is, and eat what she wants without gaining weight, but that’s about it.
  • Fun Fact: most shapeshifters identify as nonbinary since they can change their sex at will, but some like Mama Holt and Matt stick to the gender they are most comfortable with. Pidge is pretty fluid with their gender, but tends to identify as female because it’s the sex they were born.
  • Pidge and Matt can’t do huge changes to their form like their grandparent can, so no turning into an animal or Hollywood monster. Anything that makes big changes their bone structure is a no go.
  • Pidge shifted their sex to male in order to get back into the Garrison, but kept their facial appearance as it was to fuck with people.
  • Shifting feels like a rush of heat in Pidgey blood and a sudden awareness of every vein in their body for a few minutes until the shift has settled.

Hunk is from a long line of natural witches.

  • If only he knew that since birth.
  • Hunk was adopted by his moms when he was seven months old after his birth parents died in a car accident. It was all but impossible to find any remaining family members (most of the family work hard to remain apart from civilization, Hunks dad was a black sheep) and he was put into foster care until his moms found him a couple months later.
  • Everything was fine and dandy until his powers started maturing in his childhood.
  • His mom has a big garden and a lot of potted plants inside the house. She tells him that talking to plants helps them grow when he’s six and little Hunk chatters away and asks the plants to grow big and strong.
  • Over night the garden turns into a jungle. Fruits and veggies are blooming out of season. The grass in up to their knees. The indoor plants went crazy. A few pots got broken by roots and flowers are everywhere.
  • When he was 11, he got invited to a sleep over, but the horror movie scared him and he accidentally shut down the power for the whole block.
  • He once cursed Lance to have bad luck when the two had a fight in middle school and felt So Bad when he realized what he did.
  • Most of the time hes got good control over his natural powers, but he’s still untrained.
  • When the ship was going haywire, he thought his magic was acting out do to stress.

Shiro’s father is an Incubus.

  • Now you know where his sex appeal comes from.
  • Despite one of his parents being a demon who feeds on sex, Shiro is fine without.
  • He does however, need a lot of touching. Hugs, hair ruffles, hand holding, any kind of possitive touching really. It all keeps him healthy and happy and beautiful.
  • Sex is fun and all, but it’s a bit overwhelming for Shiro. Like eating a full course meal when you aren’t hungry, then having seconds and a third helping.
  • If he goes more then three of four days without touch he starts loosing all his energy and feeling nauseous all the time. A few more days and he’ll start looking sickly, running a fever, and wont be able to hold anything down. At that point he’s gonna need sex and cuddles stat.
  • The gladiator pit and Galra holding cells were not the best place to get cuddles and Shiro honestly has no idea how he survived without starving. He kinda doesn’t want to know.

Keith. Poor Keith.

  • He’s actually the only one of the Paladins who didn’t know he wasn’t fully human. 
  • Almost none of his Galra genes show on him other then the purple eyes (which is pretty normal for mixed species children, taking one parents genes with very little mixing) and his father never knew how to tell him about his mom.
  • Suddenly finding out that your actually part alien is not a fun experience. Finding out that your also related to the enemy is even less so.
  • Keith freaks out a bit.

It was his discovery of his Galra genetics that had everyone else admitting to their own genes. It kinda all just came out. Shiro was demanding no one discriminate Keith for being part Galra and admitted to his own heritage. Lance, never one to be one upped, admitted to being half Siren, then Pidge fessed up, then Hunk.

Allura and Coran are just confused. You mean all Earthings are supposed to have the same genetic code? All of them?