invertebrates!!!

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Chex Mix?  Tex Mex??  No, crab mechs!

TOP:  http://futabalog.com/img/23133120
MIDDLE:  http://imgur.com/a/4kV6u
BOTTOM:  http://i.imgur.com/rpQZHh0.jpg

I love how the top crab has both reactive armor and spare bogey wheels–doesn’t that seem kind of redundant??

Did you know? When octopuses are caught in the act of moving rocks and destroying the hard work of their aquarists, they drop everything and slowly back away like nothing happened.

If I have a pet invertebrate and a guest of mine is afraid of it, I’ll move the invert’s container to another room across the house. If that’s not enough to make them comfortable in my home, we’ll just hang out somewhere else. It’s fine. I understand.

But if you say some shit like “I hope that dies, I want to kill it”… fuck you? You’re not welcome in my house, you’re not welcome in my car, you’ve proved yourself to be a cruel and inconsiderate person, and you’re not invited to my goddamn potluck, Helen

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INSECTS ARE THE BEST BUILDERS

THEY BUILD THE COOLEST HOUSES

Here’s a happy video for you. <3 we filmed it toward the end of last year but wanted to wait and publish as we get back into the swing of things – our regularly scheduled content is coming back! 

Happy pi day! 

Unlike us, echinoderms like sea urchins have what is known as radial symmetry – meaning they’re symmetrical around a center point, like a pie. These purple and red sea urchins were observed in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of California. 

(Photo: Steve Lonhart/NOAA)

Tentacles and Beaks of Cephalopods | December, 2015

Investigating the anatomical differences of cephalopod beaks and tentacles with regards to their diet.

The Alabaster Nudibranch can be found in the temperate waters of the Pacific, from Alaska to California and along the coasts of Russia and Japan. The beautiful, wispy white tipped cerata are actually the animal’s lungs. But don’t let it’s delicate form fool you, this nudi’s jaws are strong enough to crack open the shell of a snail, one of its preferred meals - photo taken at Seattle, Washington

Valentine’s Day is coming up, but this is no ordinary rose – it’s a Hopkins’ rose! 

This bright pink sea slug can be spotted in the tidepools of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. When tidepooling in search of these little invertebrates, tread lightly! Tidepools are fragile habitats and it’s all too easy to crush their tiny inhabitants. 

(Photo: Steve Lonhart/NOAA)

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An Asian millipede at the @stlzoo. This millipede has several hundred tiny legs and grows up to 30 cm long. The majority of animals in existence are invertebrates like this one, meaning they have no spine. In fact, it’s estimated that 97-99% of animals on the planet are invertebrates.
To see an up close image of this millipede, check out @joelsartore!

Bananananananana BAT STAR! 

In honor of Bat Appreciation Day today, we bring you the colorful bat of the sea – the bat star! Found in several of your national marine sanctuaries, bat stars may not be quite like the famed superhero Batman, but they do play an important ecological role. Bat stars help clean dead organisms and algae from the seafloor. 

What other “bats” of the sea can you think of? 

(Photo: Dwayne Meadows/NOAA, taken in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary)