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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.

Social Feather Duster Worm


Image: Nick Hobgood Bispira brunneaIt's the cluster duster! In my experience, feather dusters are often gregarious—I usually find them in packs of three or four, sometimes six—but the Social Feather Duster Worm puts those numbers to shame!

Liguus Tree Snail


Image: Rafy Rodriguez Liguus virgineusYou don't have to take a dip in the ocean to be wowed by a beautiful gastropod.

Iridescent Bark Mantis


Image: Frupus Metallyticus splendidusIridescent Bark Mantis? Or a cockroach dressed up for disco night?

Liguus Tree Snail


Image: Rafy Rodriguez Liguus virgineusYou don't have to take a dip in the ocean to be wowed by a beautiful gastropod.

Social Feather Duster Worm


Image: Nick Hobgood Bispira brunneaIt's the cluster duster! In my experience, feather dusters are often gregarious—I usually find them in packs of three or four, sometimes six—but the Social Feather Duster Worm puts those numbers to shame!


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