rare sea creature

A rare single-eyed albino shark was found by a fisherman.

the Cyclops shark, sliced from the belly of a pregnant mama dusky shark caught by a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of California earlier this summer, is by all reports the real thing. Shark researchers have examined the preserved creature and found that its single eye is made of functional optical tissue, they said last week. It’s unlikely, however, that the malformed creature would have survived outside the womb.

anonymous asked:

Do Arin and Ross start to get along after a while? and if they do, does Dan get a little jealous when they start bonding over art things?


arin warms up to ross after he introduces him to art, bc it keeps arin occupied and he really enjoys it. so ross will spend hours up on the platform sketching arin while arin draws from memory, usually pictures of the deep sea floor or rare sea creatures.

dan will only get moody if ross hogs arin’s attention for hours on end. eventually he’ll kick ross off the platform saying he “needs to get work done” but ross totally knows and tries to keep arin’s attention on purpose.

dan likes feeling like he’s special to arin so yeah, he can be a lil bit of a jealous boy. everything feels better when arin presents him with a sketch he did of dan. dan keeps it in his lab pocket all the time.

send me your merman!arin AU headcanons! (or questions!)


Divers catch footage of a rare sea creature, the siphonophore. These creatures can be as long as 40 meters. They belong to a group of animals that include the jellyfish & coral. They have dangling stinging tentacles that are used to capture small sea creatures such as shrimp. They also have spikes in their mouth to keep gelatinous prey from escaping. (Video) (Information) 


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Explore the seas with aquatic illustrations, featured in Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling Signature, 2014), the third in a series showcasing the spectacular holdings of the Rare Book Collection in the Museum Library, and written by Museum Curator Melanie L. J. Stiassny.

Get pinning on the Opulent Oceans board!

anonymous asked:

The Ocean Calls

alright this fic. listen. i don’t see enough merman!arin. so i’d make this fic about dan, a marine biologist, is part of a group that studies rare deep-sea creatures. and one day they get delivered a top-secret specimen that stays in the most guarded lab on site.

dan’s one of the scientists assigned to this creature and it turns out to be a beautiful merman with a long pink tail. the merman at first hates all of them and tries to harm anyone who gets near. but one day dan sits beside the tank and just apologizes and says he wishes the merman could return home but they’re trying really hard to make him as happy as he could be.

the merman stops attacking but only dan. he eventually warms up enough to dan and his research partner, suzy, that he tells them his name–arin. 

suzy and dan start to become friends with the merman and everything seems to be going well until government officials inform suzy and dan that they’ll be taking the merman to a more secure location where different scientists can conduct “experiments” to see if the merman is harmful.

dan panics bc he won’t allow them to take arin or hurt him. so he and suzy (with help from friends, including brian, one of the higher officials on the project) must either find a way to keep arin there or set him free.

the only thing is - if they do manage to set arin free, will dan ever see him again?

send me a made-up fic title and i’ll tell you what i’d write with it!

anonymous asked:

You black people are just mad we discovered everything on earth. Maybe instead of complaining about it go out there and discover and name shit. Go claim an island and cure their diseases with medicine like we did.


The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) also known as the duck-billed platypus is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth.

When the first set of European Colonizers made base in Eastern Australia, they had communicated with the Indigenous Australians asking them about the Native Flora and Fauna. Excited to share the beauty and mystery of Australia with the Colonizers, Indigenous Australians told them about the ‘rarely encountered land and sea creature that had the body of a rodent, the mouth of a duck, and the tale of a beaver’ they told the settler that this creature layed eggs like a reptile and that upon hatching the offspring would suckle milk from the creature’s breast.

The European Colonizers heard this and vainly decided the people to be imbecilic, savage, and superstitious. They reported back to the Queen that the tribes in Australia were incompetent…. Only to spot the platypus a few years into settling and claiming themselves as the discoverers of the mammal.

The world’s oceans abound with a truly astonishing diversity of life forms. Beginning some 400 years ago, European voyages of discovery began mapping the globe, and knowledge of ocean life flourished as never before. These explorers documented their discoveries in illustrated books—by sketching their own specimens or collaborating with artists and engravers—resulting in images that communicate the anatomy, life cycles, habits—and sheer beauty—of newfound marine species. 

The exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History, includes 46 exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works. 

Learn more about this exhibition.

For the first time, biologists have caught a rare type of coral in the act of reproducing, and they were able to collect its sperm and eggs and breed the coral in the laboratory.

The success is part of an effort to stem the decline in many types of coral around the world.

To understand how this works, you need to know that coral reefs are actually colonies of tiny organisms encased in hard skeletons. In many kinds of coral, the whole colony reproduces at once, in a spectacular event called “broadcast spawning.” Males eject clouds of sperm into the water, and then females do the same with eggs. The sea creatures cross their fingers (or whatever the coral equivalent of that is) and hope for the best

Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Photo Credit: Joe Berg/Way Down Video/Mote