The floating algae of the Sargasso Sea offers precious food and shelter for hundreds of animal species. Small invertebrates cling to the sargassum, attracting larger predators, whose wastes in turn fertilize the algae.

The ocean currents that collect Sargassum also sweep up drifting jellyfish and the jellylike Portuguese man-of-war. Feeding on its stinging tentacles, which do not harm them, are small man-of-war fish. When a loggerhead turtle approaches, the fleeing fish are attacked by dolphinfish. 

When baby sea turtles emerge from their eggs and scramble into the sea, the young hatchlings head for distant feeding grounds such as the Sargasso Sea, where they feast on jellies, snails, crabs and shrimp in relative safety until they grow larger.

Find this diorama in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

the signs as jellyfish

Aries: Mastigia Papua

Taurus: Australian Spotted Jellyfish

Gemini: Stygiomedusa Gigantea

Cancer: Sea Nettle

Leo: Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Virgo: Moon Jellyfish

Libra: Comb Jellyfish

Scorpio: Portuguese Man o’ War

Sagittarius: Nomura Jellyfish

Capricorn: Cannonball Jellyfish

Aquarius: Irukandji

Pisces: Box Jellyfish

theravingcelt asked:

51, 19, 10, 5, 63, 58?

51:Favourite food?
HOW TO PICK… anything portuguese man, from sardines to carne de porco à alentejana I can’t pick, everything is just 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌

19:Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
Only if heavily equipped with antibiotics and a really good first aid-kid, after years of training for propper mingling, a video camera well hidden and a lot of guts. Only then.

10:When was your last physical fight?
I’ve never actually been on a physical fight I mean, look at me. I’d get punched in 0.3 seconds. I’m the bitch cheering in the back

05:What is your relationship status?
Single and too awkward to mingle. Actually literally the only one single among my friends that’s how fucking sad I’ve become

63:Would you change your name?
I would, and want to, change my last name (as a pen name only) but I love names, I love names man, if I could I’d have a new name every week, I wish I could like publish books with different names. But I love Ana, it’s small, compacted, easy to pronounce and international

58:Favourite weather?
Spring weather. Light jacket in the afternoon. Half-sleeve shirts.


So in the last twenty-four hours I walked on the beach, got soaked, ate damn good onion rings, went to a luau, tasted amazing brownies, appreciated some Hawaiian dancing, got up early (again), rode on a boat, went snorkeling, watched some people help a sea turtle get untangled from fishing line, got stung by a Portuguese man o’ war (jellyfish chain), and now these cool tentacle-like marks on my legs. 

Apparently, I’m lucky I didn’t go into anaphylactic shock and that the vinegar they put on my leg to sooth the sting site didn’t make it worse for me. I am proud to say I have never been stung by a bee, only a jellyfish. 

Now that the hurricane is gonna pass by the Hawaiian islands, we’ll see if we get to go on our planned “Road to Hana” tour.

The Portuguese Man O’ War Jellyfish I drew and then the mermaid version of it. It’s meh and still a work in progress. It’s hard because the actual ‘jelly’ part of the jellyfish floats on the surface of the water like a balloon and I’m like, “How do you draw a jellyfish person out of this???”

was tagged by fayrenheit thank you!

If I were a month, I’d be october
If I were a day of the week, I’d be monday coz im a pain in the ass
If I were a planet, I’d be saturn
If I were a god or goddess, I’d be the deer god from Princess Mononoke (or Thoth)
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a portuguese man of war
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a dinner table?
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a opal
If I were a flower, I’d be wisteria? 
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be snow in the evening
If I were a color, I’d be indigo
If I were an emotion, I’d be confusion
If I were a fruit, I’d be a pear
If I were a sound, I’d be jingle bells
If I were an element, I’d be water
If I were a place, I’d be a snow covered forest
If I were a taste, I’d be the tang of metal
If I were a scent, I’d be scentless
If I were an object, I’d be a a piece of rock from the moon
If I were a body part, I’d be the brain
If I were a song, I’d be egg of the dream probably
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be the shoes that look really nice but are a pain to wear

gonna tag kurapikr as well coz i wanna see their answers + anyone else who wants to do this, lol! im lazy

anonymous asked:

Hello Dr. Joel! Your blog have changed my live. I'm a portuguese gay man, hiv neg, in a relationship with a hiv positive man, undetec 4 years ago. We now always have condomless sex (I'm the insertive partner), which gives us much more satisfaction in our sexual live. In reading your blog, you sometimes say that "my" risk is extremely low, but also that "my partner", being UD, doesn't transmit hiv. My doubt is: if he doesn' t transmit, so my risk is effectively zero, not close to it. Am I right?

The reason I’m careful about the words I use is that your partner doesn’t get his viral load checked every day. Virologic failure still occurs–most often because of poor adherence, but sometimes because of prior resistance or a poor choice of drug regimens. A negative person relying on “treatment as prevention” is making the assumption that his partner is taking his medications faithfully and is maintaining an undetectable viral load.

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Strange Sea Creature Washes up on Brazilian Beach (Video)

This fascinating jellyfish-like creature is known as a Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) and it ended up on a beach in Olivenca, Bahia, Brazil.