Marbled Shrimp Female daytime coloration Marbled Shrimp, photo taken at 30ft depth off the Big Island of Hawaii. Unique feature is the image of the pink panther (head) on the shrimp’s back. The length is around 6cm. by smitht462
An ocean surprise, flickering lights
Lightning, and the roaring of waves
The coast twists and turns, taking
Me down an ancient pathway, underneath
A million glittering stars, in the distance
Drifting boats and refineries light up
The horizon, jellyfish sting me feet, in
Shoals that glow, I’ve always been attracted
To the sea, the tide, the dark endless depths
And brilliant life, I hang my head, in recognition
Of the bleached coral reefs, sitting here
Taking it all in, awaiting you, on the beach
In 2008, DNA evidence confirmed that a female Blacktip Reef shark fertilized her own egg, impregnating herself without the help of a male. It’s not entirely known how rare this event, called parthenogenesis, is among Blacktip or other sharks.
diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals. Coral reefs are built by colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. The polyps belong to a group of animals known as Cnidaria, which also includes sea anemones and jellyfish.