octopus rings

anonymous asked:

Hi! Can I ask for sea witch (the sea witch is not a person but an octopus mermaid like ursula from the little mermaid) prompts if anyone hasn't asked for it yet and didn't bother you? Thanks a bunch! :D

Ah I love Ursula from Little Mermaid!! Hope you enjoy the prompts!

Sea Witch AUS (Particularly Octopus Sea Witches)

  • An orphaned, small, blue-ring octopus grows up alone and fearful of all the (very much larger) creatures of the deep sea so they become a sea witch in an effort to figure out a way to get larger/more intimidating
  • A sea witch that’s part Caribbean Reef Octopus and grows up trying to find a way to mend their green-blue tentacles together into a fishtail
  • A North Pacific Octopus who uses their sheer size and gift of ‘witchcraft’ to intimidate others into deals
  • Disney’s Little Mermaid with a twist -  the prince does end up marrying the sea witch in disguise
  • A sea witch who turned to witchcraft after being rejected by mermaid/mer-people society for being an octopus, which is seen as ‘ugly’ compared to the mermaid’s fishtails
  • A sea witch octopus whose a mimic octopus and wants to improve their mimic ability. With the use of their witchcraft, they gain the ability to shapeshift into any sea creature. They become a popular idol/celebrity within the mimic octopus community and so far no one can duplicate their shapeshifting spell/potion

1. Coconut Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus)
2. Blue-ringed Octopus (genus Hapalochlaena)
3. Blanket Octopus (genus Tremoctopus)
4. Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus)
5. Dumbo Octopus (genus Grimpoteuthis)
6. Caribbean Reef Octopus (Octopus briareus)
7. Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)
8. Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (Octopus sp)
9. Casper Octopus (species unidentified)
10. Caribbean Two-spot Octopus (Octopus hummelincki)

If you aren’t sick to death of these, for “Earth is space Australia” please consider… the ocean.

Idk why but I’m super into the idea of humans going out and exploring the galaxy and becoming well-known interstellar travelers where Google Maps now has a Google Universe page and we’ve digitally recreated entire planets so that humans who can’t or don’t want to leave Earth can explore them in VR… but we still haven’t explored more than like a quarter of the ocean floor

And like some plucky alien marine biologist from a planet where the water never gets deeper than like 2000 meters is planning to study on Earth because holy shit have you seen how much WATER they have?? And her human friend asks what she wants to study and she replies “Oh, well, I’ve heard the deepest place in your ocean is over five times deeper than it is here, I’d love to find out if anything can still survive under such pressure and so far from sunlight.” And their human friend looks at them in sort of distressed admiration - “What? Why are you looking at me like that?” - and is just like,

“Oh, things can survive alright. Freakish things from the depths of hell.” And that’s how plucky little alien sits up all the night eye getting steadily wider while their human friend shows them pictures of things like the viperfish and the pelican eel and the blue ringed octopus and oh did I mention we’ve barely explored a fraction of the ocean so like we know there used to be this prehistoric shark that grew up to 20 feet long and was one of the biggest predators of all time but honestly “used to be” is an optimistic statement because that thing could still be lurking in the depths of the ocean and we just don’t know

Alternatively, hostile alien species arrives and claims our oceans because we aren’t using them, leaves screaming within a week


Greater blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) by Elias Levy

Science Fact Friday: Tetrodotoxin, ft. a small gif because I’m avoiding my real obligations.

Why does tetrodotoxin not affect its host? More studies need to be done but at least a few species possess mutated sodium ion channels. The tetrodotoxin can’t interact efficiently with the altered channels.

Another interesting tidbit: Animals with tetrodotoxin can lose their toxicity in captivity. It is suspected that the animals accumulate the toxic bacteria as a side-effect of their diet. After several years of captivity on a tetrodotoxin-bacteria-free diet, the bacterial colonies living in the animals die, residual toxin is cleared from the system, and the animal is safe to handle.

need ppl to follow

hi im a relatively new blog and i need some ppl to follow pls like or reblog if u post the following:

-The Adventure Zone
- Vocaloid

-Fire Emblem 
-Ace Attorney
- Pokemon
-Love Live/Love Live Sunshine
- Hunter X Hunter
-Mass Effect
-Dragon Age
-Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
-Witchy stuff (can be either art or spells)
-My Hero Academia
-Nintendo games in general 

Safety Tips For Tourists In Australia

(all of which are based on things I see tourists doing every single year. You frighten us. Seriously. We know you haven’t been taught any better, so this is an attempt to help)

  • I know not everyone is swimming between the flags at the beach. I know. It’s because locals know what a rip looks like, know where all the rocks are, and know when the tide is going in or out. And you know what? We still find ourselves in trouble. But we’re all usually experienced enough that we can stay afloat on the rare occasions we actually need rescuing, and everyone knows you’re an idiot and calls you such when you get out. You do not, and you’re also in the way of surfers (surfboards, by the way, do not have brakes). Stay between the flags.
  • Watch your children at the rockpools. Seriously. Tell them that looking is fine, but under no circumstances are they to put their hand in the water, and they DEFINITELY shouldn’t try to pick anything up. If you’re driving home from the beach and your kid (or anyone) is unusually tired, GET THEM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. They may have been bitten by a blue-ringed octopus, in which case they’ll need emergency treatment.
  • Those blue jellyfish-like things that wash up on the beach? They’re a Portuguese Man O’ War, or bluebottle. They’re not dead – just stuck until the tide comes back. Don’t touch them – their sting HURTS. Hot water helps. You shouldn’t need a doctor, but it won’t hurt to get it checked out if you think you’re having an allergic reaction. Also, don’t pop the tops of the little guys – that’s just cruel.
  • Similarly, don’t stomp on the little molluscs and things growing on the rocks. I’ve seen so many kids make a game of this. They’re not dangerous, but they are living creatures. (Also, don’t walk near them barefoot. Trust me - I’ve made that mistake myself)
  • It’s recently been brought to my attention that other countries don’t have this, so I’ll add it here – if you hear a continuous horn/beep/siren at the beach, that’s a shark alarm. It’s a good idea to get out of the water at that point.
  • The size or hairiness of a spider has nothing to do with how venomous it is. See: huntsman spider vs. redback spider.
  • If it’s summer, wear sunscreen. I don’t care if it’s overcast. Skin cancer is one of the biggest killers here, and that’s for people who are used to our sunlight. Not to mention that it IS possible to get so sunburnt that you can’t even wear a shirt. I remember attendance at my school dropped 50% after one carnival because no-one could get their uniform on.

Feel free to add more in reblogs! I will be doing so as I think of them.

notquiteamason  asked:

just wondering, how do you identify whatever random water crawlies and shit wont kill you? how do you know whatever youre picking up isnt poisonous or you might accidentally have picked up the blue ringed octopus's deadly cousin steve? or is it just cause you know what sort of stuff is in your area already. where/how do i learn what nature i can poke and befriend without dying.

It’s good to keep an identification chart handy. A guidebook is more thorough, but small ones are difficult to use and you probably won’t end up taking larger ones with you. The ID charts we have at camp are nicely laminated and double-sided, so while they don’t even come close to including everything you might find on the sea shore, they’re a good start and will usually cover the most common and notable creatures you’ll see. I’m fortunate in that there are very few things commonly found in my area that pose any real health threat.

Certain things I will handle myself but ask my students not to, either for their health or the creature’s. Very large crabs may have claws powerful enough to seriously damage tender children’s hands if they don’t know how to hold them, while sea stars usually cannot be removed from a rock without tearing their delicate tube feet. I ask them not to handle fish or nudibranchs, and anything they can’t identify they should ask me to examine first.

Most of our jellyfish are harmless to humans. Lionsmane jellyfish occasionally wash up on beaches, and while they’re stings can hurt, they’re easy to identify because they’re a striking deep red. More dangerous animals in the area are only found in deeper water, though I’m waiting for the day we find another octopus in a tide pool. The giant pacific octopus - just about the only species we have around here - has a bite that’s only mildly venomous, but there’s always the chance of an allergic reaction.