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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.

 

6b43f64412df69a5105202bf94154786JELLYFISH

Flower Hat Jellyfish

Flower Hat Jellyfish

From the Maldives
From the Maldives

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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.

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.

jellyfishSEA SLUGS OR NUDIBRANCHES

Golden nudibranch looks like a caterpillar of the sea.

Golden nudibranch looks like a caterpillar of the sea by Mona Dienhart @ monaand chris.com

By Ricardo Araujo on flickr

By Ricardo Araujo on flickr

 

By vanveelen on flickr

By vanveelen on flickr

sea creature, nudibranch from Patty Selk

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.

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.

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

A sea bouquet, Sea Tunicates Blue and Strawberry by OceanwideImages

By mandarinfish on Flickr

By mandarinfish on Flickr, Linda Cline

Purple ring topsnail. Barkely Sound, B.C. Canadá

Purple ring topsnail. Barkely Sound, B.C. Canadá by randapex on Flickr

Coral, Ricordea yuma

Coral, Ricordea yuma

Crinoid.  In case you're wondering, it's an animal, not a plant.

Crinoid. In case you’re wondering, it’s an animal, not a plant.

Another plant-like sea animal.  Wish I knew the name.

Another plant-like sea animal. Wish I knew the name.

Amazing blue and red Christmastree worm, by nialldeiraniya on Flickr

This is a worm!  Amazing blue and red Christmastree worm, by nialldeiraniya on Flickr

Fire Urchin

Fire Urchin

Ascidian - Sea Squirts by indr on flickr

Ascidian – Sea Squirts by indr on flickr, Leander Wiseman

CLAMS, WHO KNEW THEY COULD LOOK LIKE THIS?

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By Jaques de Selliers at Scuba-photos.net

 

clamclams, 2clamsmaximabrid-1Is it too mean to call these a little comic relief?

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Garden eels in Sulawesi, Indonesia.  I can see how they got their name.

Garden eels in Sulawesi, Indonesia. I can see how they got their name.

Cirrate octopod - or Dumbo

Cirrate octopod – or Dumbo

Barreleye   the Barreleye fish has a completely transparent head. Looks like leaves in its brain.

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

Baby thornback ray

Puffer fish by peentho266 on Flickr

Puffer fish by peentho266 on Flickr

Party Balloon Balloonfish on Calabas Reef, Bonaire.

Party Balloon Balloonfish on Calabas Reef, Bonaire.

Guineafowl Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris), Moa in Hawaiian

Guineafowl Pufferfish (Arothron meleagris), Moa in Hawaiian

more cute, smiley

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.

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.

Bat Fish

Bat Fish

Sea Jewel

Sea Jewel by Holly Berry Shots

 

Clown Triggerfish by Brian Mayes on flickr

Clown Triggerfish by Brian Mayes on flickr

Male cardinal fish carrying his babies.

Male cardinal fish carrying his babies.

Chromodoris willani are known for their diamond encrusted gills and rhinophores.

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

pyrosome – luminous deep sea creatures photographed by Joshua Lambus via Telegraph in the UK

Rare Glowing Flower Hat Jellyfish

Rare Glowing Flower Hat Jellyfish

Janolus cristatus glowing Nudibranch,

Janolus cristatus glowing Nudibranch, by Raimundo Fernandez on flickr

Tunicate by mandarinfish, via Flickr

Tunicate by mandarinfish, via Flickr, linda cline

Wobbegong sharks, great name.

Wobbegong sharks, great name.

Xenophora, a marine snail commonly known as the carrier shell, attaches shells, rocks, and other debris from its environment.  Amazing.

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.

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36 thoughts on “Sealife, 2

  1. Your emails never cease to amaze me….I do a lot of underwater sea paintings and I will be using your photos as excellent reference material. Thank you for including me in your emails. Leonard.

  2. Superb selection. There are beautiful beings out there. They have a canny resemblance to us in some ways and yet they are very unique.
    Thank you.

  3. The photography and subject matter you provide are exceptional. I would not otherwise ever see these exquisite examples of God’s handiwork. Thank you so much.

  4. Your pictures are awesome! I had no idea of the stunning beauty in the sea. God makes everything beautiful in His time.

  5. Gorgeous and inspirational, as always. You set an unbelievable standard. Thanks.

  6. I thank you in as many ways as you have delighted my senses with the beauty and wonder of this planet we call home.

  7. These are just amazing and so good to be able to see them without travelling all over the world and going to great depths to see them.

  8. Thank you very much for the lovely photo’s. I would never have known that these creatchers exist if it was not for your web. Many thanks

  9. Thanks again for Wonders. I look forward every month for the beauty and knowledge.

  10. sea covers three fourth of the earth’s surface and our knowledge of the life under water is minimal. Wonderful colored creatures not seen ,each one as delicate as fine silk , exposed by amazing underwater photography. exploration of living under water is the need of the day as human race is exploding at a fenominal speed and will require space to live on. thanks.

  11. The images you continue to share are truly marvelous. What a gift for the rest of us who have the good fortune to know of this remarkable site. I am often left breathless!

  12. Спасибо Вам за великолепную работу! Всем большой привет из России!

  13. The beauty of our world hidden to so many of us – what a blessing that we have someone like you to make it available to us. When I need a lift o f my spirit I bring up one of your “messages” and feel good again. Thank you for your dedication.

  14. There must be a devine creator…who could create such color and design. thank you for the post. Happy days to you.

  15. Wow, thank you, thank you. I have looked at each of your sets of photos, they are clear, perfect and so beautiful. I would never see these without people like you. Thank you again.

  16. Photographe profesionel a la retraite je peut comprendre le travail que cela represante et j admire et remercie de faire partager cette vision

  17. Just love your work. I was brought up in the Caribean ocean when i was young. I get lost in your photography, even loose hours of sleep looking through this work. You give me a lot of joy.

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