∟”There was a man once, I don’t recall his name, frequented the billiard parlors downtown. He made a comfortable living wagering whether he could swallow certain objects, billiard balls being a specialty. He’d pick a ball, take it down his gullet to here, then regurgitate it back up. And one evening I decided to challenge this man a wager, 10.000 in cash for him to do the trick with a billiard ball of my choosing. Now he knew I’d seen him do this a dozen times, so I can only surmise that he thought I was stupid. We laid down the cash and I handed him the cue ball. He swallowed it down. It lodged in his throat and he choked to death on the spot. What I knew and he didn’t was that the cue ball was 1/16th of an inch larger than the other balls, just too large to swallow.”
The pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) is undoubtedly one of the most well camouflaged species in the oceans, being extremely difficult to spot amongst the gorgonian coral it inhabits. So effective is this camouflage that the species wasn’t actually discovered until its host gorgonian was being examined in a lab.
Pygmy Seahorses are still part of the genus Hippocampus which all seahorses belong. However, they are distinctively different than their larger cousins. Pygmy Seahorses rarely grow over 1 inch in size. Most of these tiny fish form close relationships with a host plant or animal, including gorgonians, colonial hydrazoans, and algae. Most species have only been discovered in the past 10 years, and it is believed there are many more not yet described.
Furrow Orbweaver - Larinioidescornutus- Adult Male 9mm
The common name Orb Weaver, comes from the web-spinning behavior of these spiders - they make the classic, round “orb” web that most people associate with
spiders. Some of the webs can be extremely large (over 3 feet in diameter).
Male: Adult male orb weavers are smaller, and are not seen as often, as they generally do not spin webs, but wander in the search for
Range Alaska to Newfoundland, south to California, Florida and Panama.
Size NOTE: When measuring the size of a spider, only the body length is measured (do not include the legs). The smallest orb weavers are less than ¼ inch (6 mm)
The larger orb weavers can grow over 1 inch (25 mm)