Within the space of a single year, Legendary Pictures have delivered two startlingly brilliant kaiju films, under the direction of two of the most interesting and dedicated directors possible. Pacific Rim is a glorious, no-holds-barred tribute to the glory days of the kaiju eiga, and Godzilla is an epic rebirth to one of cinema’s greatest icons, which exceeded practically everyone’s expectations. Even if these turn out to be the studio’s only forays into the kaiju genre, I’m sure I speak on behalf of the fandom in thanking Legendary for delivering these two extraordinary films, which I personally know mean so much to so many people. Thank you, legendary, and here’s hoping you grow into the new house of kaiju.
Peek inside a Leatherback Turtle's (Dermochelys coriacea) mouth: How to eat jelly fish when your mouth is an exquisitely evolved jellyfish deathbed.
We know turtles like to eat jellyfish, and the Leatherback likes them most of all. However, this is the biggest turtle, consuming a prey that extremely low nutritional value, therefore it has to nom on a lot of them. As it does so, it takes in saltwater as well. The jellies and the saltwater get stored in the esophagus.
What happens next you ask? Is it to do with the horrific looking backwards facing spines that don’t look comfortable in anything’s mouth?
But of course! Because that is the beauty of evolution, the refined logic of adaptation.
The muscles of the esophagus squeeze the seawater out of the mouth and the spines, which get progressively larger down the esophagus, hold the jellyfish in place. Once all the water is gone, the jellies are passed into the stomach.
This is one of the many *awesome* characteristics of the leatherback turtle - trawling for jellyfish on this earth for over 90 million year.
Trawling for fish/shrimp (by humans, not leatherbacks), is one of the reasons Leatherbacks are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List.
Here’s some Kaiju Atsume! Posted these guys on my Patreon last week, so gonna slide them over here now. I had done Leatherback and Mutavore a month or so ago and just kind of forgot. I wanted to do a couple more to make them a bit more worth posting.