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Trilobite Beetle


Image: budakTrilobite Beetles are beetles of eternal youth! Or is it eternal age? After all, it's a beetle that never quite grows up but at the same looks a lot like a 250 million-year-old trilobite.

Wentletrap


Image: Steve JurvetsonProof yet again that nature is the best sculptor! That's what happens when you have a billion years of experience.

Mud Dragon


Image: WoRMS Editorial BoardFrom the sounds of it, this must surely be the lowliest of all dragons. Fire dragons soar overhead, frost dragons slumber in beautiful ice lairs, swamp dragons brood in their stinking miasmas, even flightless flu dragons get to lie in bed all day.

The Blues VII


Image: Cláudio Dias Timm Porphyrospiza caerulescensUh oh! It's that time of year again when all looks lost, all looks cold, all looks...

Deep Sea Valentines


Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010It's the perfect Valentine's gift: a beautiful bouquet of red blobs!

Glass Finger


Image: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu MoanaHave you heard of the glass delusion?

Deep Sea Valentines


Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010It's the perfect Valentine's gift: a beautiful bouquet of red blobs!

The Blues VII


Image: Cláudio Dias Timm Porphyrospiza caerulescensUh oh! It's that time of year again when all looks lost, all looks cold, all looks...

Ocellate Phyllidia


Image: Bernard DUPONT Phyllidia ocellataOooh, ouch! I've heard of rashes and boils, spots and pimples, warts and buboes...

Wild Olive Tortoise Beetle


Image: Andreas Kay Physonota alutaceaI love it when insects go all prehistoric! Turns out I love it even more when they go all prehistoric, spiky, twin-stinger wasp.

Cornetfish


Image: RobA sliver of fish cuts through the tropical darkness like a silver blade, a defiant icicle, or a really long pencil sharpened at both ends.

Orange Pore Fungus


Image: epitree Favolaschia caloceraThey call it the Orange Pore Fungus but in my heart, it will always be the Waffle on a Stick.

Hanging Stomach Jellyfish


Stomotoca atraI'm sure you've heard of beer-bellied men and pot-bellied pigs... But what about Hanging Stomach Jellyfish?

Merry Christmas!


Life is tough in the deep sea. Even Santa has to economise. There's not enough food to keep reindeer well fed, let alone towels to keep their fur dry.

Squat Urchin Shrimp


Image: Kevin Bryant Gnathophylloides mineriIn the forest of spines, the teeny-tiny shrimp is king. Look at this little guy!

A Sponge is Never Alone


Image: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu MoanaAfter that weird forest of sponges, I thought it would be nice to see the other side of the story.

Namib Web-footed Gecko


Image: Matthias Neuhaus Pachydactylus rangeiThe Namib Web-footed Gecko is an adorable little lizard that isn't...

Cloak of the Vampire Squid


All other vampires are jealous of the Vampire Squid's beautiful, silky cloak. Look how it shines! Count Dracula may as well be wearing cardboard compared to this!

Cold Sea Balloon... OF DEATH!


It's a drawstring bag of death! It's a bin liner of doom! No, it's... er... Space Invaders 3DWe first saw this flimsy sack of alienage back in 2012, when people who had no idea what they were looking at suggested it might be a placenta of whale.

Thereuopoda


Image: Bernard DUPONTI hope you like legs... Image: Bernard DUPONTBecause Thereuopods sure do! Image: Bernard DUPONTThereuopoda is a small genus of centipedes containing just four species found in various parts of Asia and the Indo-Pacific.


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