This balloon sponge is a new undescribed species of
carnivorous sponge in the genus Chondrocladia. It is unusual to see it
near lava formations, as it is normally found on sedimented abyssal
plains. MBARI researchers found this individual in the northwest
Pacific, off the Washington/Oregon coast. Carnivorous sponges snare
their prey—tiny shrimp-like animals—with barbed hooks that cover the
sponge’s branching limbs. Once the sponge has its prey in its clutches,
it envelops the animal in a thin membrane, and then slowly begins to
Djúpalónssandur beach is an awesome place, like so many other places on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a lava wonderland. The unique shapes of the lava is dominating the landscape around
This black pebble beach, which is supposedly haunted and houses an elf church (yes, we Icelanders still believe in elves :) ), was the site of a shipwreck that took the lives of fourteen British sailors in 1948. You can still find rusted metal fragments from the accident scattered all over the beach as a reminder.
Djúpalónssandur beach is an awesome place, like so many other places on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a lava wonderland with a series of rocks of mysterious form emerging from the ocean.
Gjáin in Thjorsardalur area is a lovely lush little valley, full of twisting lava, otherworldy caves and spectacular waterfalls. Gjáin simply means rift, and it was a filming location in Game of Thrones. Lush greenery, waterfalls all around you and beautiful rock formations. Here we are located right by the central highlands of Iceland and one does not expect the landscape to be so breathtaking here.
Here I am late in the evening and the sun has started to disappear behind the nearby mountains