octopus rings

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

Introducing Ursa, of the elusive Triton people!

Ursa an agender Monk/Assassin who uses a mixture of material arts, poison, and stealth to kill or disable their targets. She is a light-hearted mischievous person once you get to know her, but until she feels comfortable with you she pretends to be cold and distant. 

Character belongs to and was commissioned by Oni!

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Whoa! It’s been a while! I am co-directing a short animation- a full time project- so character commissions take waaaay longer nowadays. Maybe I should post some work soon regarding said animation project…

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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)

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.

because stupid humans. 

Human: tsk… of all the stupid things this idiot could do… look, they picked up a blue ringed octopus! 

Human 2: is it dangerous? 

Human: it’s australian, golden with bright blue circles. of course it’s deadly. 

Human 2: oh dear, how can one be so stupid to pick up random animals in australia??? 

Alien: what’s with australia? 

Human: well, everyone knows that australian animals are ten times more deadly than everywhere else. you don’t go picking up animals in australia, unless it’s a quokka. pretty much everything else is venomous, highly aggressive, or brings diseases. a combination of the three is possible.

Human 2: I remember that they had to censor an episode of a children tv show because it taught not to be afraid of spiders… in australia you MUST be afraid of spiders. 

Alien: so… let me get this straight. you come from what we define as a Death World, and yet on your death world there is a place even more dangerous??

Human: well… yes.

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

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

- JJBA
-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)
-Overwatch
-My Hero Academia
-Splatoon
-OCTOPUSES
-D&D
-Nintendo games in general