real starfish

Happy comeback

I went to a housewarming party for someone I work with, and there were several other colleagues there, so it meant kind of a lot of conversations about work, which was mostly not fun except for gossip about the new prof who said OH NO WHAT to the director and tried to throw WHO under the bus.

Walking home alone, pretty late, from that party, I passed a young couple and the guy wheeled around and tried to talk to me, saying “oh mais vous êtes belle” and the girl he was with pulled him back, saying what is this, street harassment? and I hope she kicked him in the shins later.

A long time ago, I worked as a camp counselor, and one summer (I think 2006?) I worked with another American who’d been trying to make a living in France, but she was going to leave and try to make it in New Zealand. And so she did. I haven’t been in touch with her since, but I did see in Facebook that she was reelected to her seat in Parliament, and good for you, Starfish.

September is back-to-school month, it’s called la rentrée, so shops have signs saying things like Bonne rentrée, except for one that decided to have signs in English saying HAPPY COMEBACK all over the windows.

Gotta love me some jewel encrusted echinoderms

ANYWAYS i’ve been loving all the pokemon varients that I’ve been seeing, so I decided to attempt some myself.

…I dont know how these variants would of occurred realistically, since Staryu and Starmie are genderless and can only be bred with Ditto which is weird cause real life starfish actually have separate sexes OH WELL

This is one of the times where I have to take a double look, and triple check that I’m not being duped into think it’s a trick, and that this is actually a tower of three buckets full of sand. 

Every detail here is so refined - the fondant crabs (especially the top one) looks exactly like Sebastian from the Little Mermaid. The “sand” everywhere looks like the real McCoy (or even better), and the starfish and sea shells look as though they’ve just been picked from the sea, and put on the cake. Marvellous.

anonymous asked:

I was hunting Mareanie and noticed that its shiny looks like a normal Corsola and vice versa, are there any benefits to albinism here or in other cases, such as shiny Mareanie hunting Corsola more easily or shiny Corsola being able to camouflage?

This is a really interesting observation! You are absolutely right, their shiny versions are color-swapped from each other. To answer your question though, we need to understand why these animals have the colors they do in the first place.

To start, Mareanie resembles a Crown-of-thorns Starfish, real-life predators of coral reefs and super cool animals themselves (but I’ll save the details for Mareanie’s full analysis, if someone feels so inclined to request it).

These starfish’s undersides, much like Mareanie’s, is quite squishy vulnerable. To protect themselves, they evolved to look as threatening as possible: if the spikes aren’t enough, the bright colors help them stand out against the coral and say “Hey! I’m poisonous! Stay away!” In that case, it’s actually good that blue Mareanie stands out against the pink corsola. Sure, a shiny Mareanie could sneak up on unsuspecting corsola more easily, but it’s also more at risk of being eaten by something else: maybe even a fellow mareanie, mistaking it for a corsola! (Starfish frequently eat members of their own species)

As for corsola, corals can come in a variety of colors:

Corals get their color from the zooxanthellae algae that live in them. Zooxanthellae photosynthesize, using light to produce oxygen and energy. However, if there’s too many zooxanthellae around, too much oxygen can be toxic for the coral. To stop that from happening, the coral can either get rid of some of the zooxanthellae, or reduce the amount of chlorophyll they have, which changes their color. Bright-colored corals contain less zooxanthellae than dark-colored corals. 

The other thing that effects coral coloring is ultraviolet light. UV light is extremely damaging to corals, destroying their DNA and coral tissues. The color of a coral is effectively its sunblock: both bright pinks and blues protect the coral from different kinds of UV light. Deep sea corals don’t have to worry about this, since the water filters out UV light.

Because of these two things, corals can actually change colors over the course of their lifetime, to best fit their environment. If they need more oxygen, they may dull in color, if they’re suddenly getting more UV light, they may brighten up protect themselves better. So it is possible that a Corsola can change into a shiny corsola and vice versa just from being in a different environment.

The take-away point here is that Corsola is adaptable, and Mareanie is not. Shiny Corsola has the better end of the deal by far.

Hope that helps!

-Professor Julie

That moment you come dangerously close to admitting to your dad that you write fanfiction.

(He asked if I had finished the newest Harry Potter, I said I didn’t own it but the plot sounded like bad fanfiction, he asked what fanfiction was… I was very tempted… but if I admit it he will want to read it. As would my mom. They are very supportive parents. But I really, really don’t ever want them to read my fanfiction. Or read some of the stuff I read, even - there are just some things I don’t think I could explain to my parents.)