About 4 months ago I put up a post featuring sea creatures of remarkable beauty, diversity and weirdness. I thought I had surely found the best jellyfish, sea slugs and other surprises of the sea. I felt the same when I put up the first bird post, sure that I had captured the best and most unique. Duskyswondersite now hosts seven bird posts, not counting a few that feature just one species. And I now assume birds have endless variety. I have a feeling the seas can rival the air with infinite wonders. Enjoy.
Flower Hat Jellyfish
- From the Maldives
The term jellyfish encompasses about 1,500 species, ranging in size from microscopic to more than seven feet wide and 100 feet long. These are purple-lipped cross jellyfish.
SEA SLUGS OR NUDIBRANCHES
Golden nudibranch looks like a caterpillar of the sea by Mona Dienhart @ monaand chris.com
By Ricardo Araujo on flickr
By vanveelen on flickr
The Fiery Sea Slug, Flabellina goddardi, discovered in 2008 by Marine Biologist Jeff Goddard. It lays a lacy egg mass that hatch into tiny babies. The egg mass is formed that way so that each baby receives enough oxygen.
An Elegant Sapsucking Slug, racing slug-fashion across a bed of encrusting sponge. From Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. By Ned Deloach at Wetpixel.
A sea bouquet, Sea Tunicates Blue and Strawberry by OceanwideImages
By mandarinfish on Flickr, Linda Cline
Purple ring topsnail. Barkely Sound, B.C. Canadá by randapex on Flickr
Coral, Ricordea yuma
Crinoid. In case you’re wondering, it’s an animal, not a plant.
Another plant-like sea animal. Wish I knew the name.
This is a worm! Amazing blue and red Christmastree worm, by nialldeiraniya on Flickr
Ascidian – Sea Squirts by indr on flickr, Leander Wiseman
CLAMS, WHO KNEW THEY COULD LOOK LIKE THIS?
By Jaques de Selliers at Scuba-photos.net
Is it too mean to call these a little comic relief?
Garden eels in Sulawesi, Indonesia. I can see how they got their name.
Cirrate octopod – or Dumbo
Barreleye the Barreleye fish has a completely transparent head. Looks like leaves in its brain.
It’s a thin line between funny and cute.
Baby thornback ray
Puffer fish by peentho266 on Flickr
Party Balloon Balloonfish on Calabas Reef, Bonaire.
Guineafowl Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris), Moa in Hawaiian
Helmet Urchins, or Shingle Urchins and in Hawaiian are called kaupali which translates to cliff hanging These urchins are found in the harsh intertidal zone of the volcanic shores of Hawaii.
Sea Jewel by Holly Berry Shots
Clown Triggerfish by Brian Mayes on flickr
Male cardinal fish carrying his babies.
Chromodoris willani are known for their diamond encrusted gills and rhinophores.
pyrosome – luminous deep sea creatures photographed by Joshua Lambus via Telegraph in the UK
Rare Glowing Flower Hat Jellyfish
Janolus cristatus glowing Nudibranch, by Raimundo Fernandez on flickr
Tunicate by mandarinfish, via Flickr, linda cline
Wobbegong sharks, great name.
Xenophora, a marine snail commonly known as the carrier shell, attaches shells, rocks, and other debris from its environment. Amazing.
Thanks to Rhonda Johnson on pinterest
And Patricia S.