What took me so long to do a another sea post? I think I forgot the breath-taking variety and beauty in our seas. Feast your eyes and luxuriate in the wonder of these creatures. And please let me know your favorites.
First, do you think of jelly fish as gorgeous?
Spanish Dancer Jellyfish
By Joaquin Gutierrez Fernandez on flickr
White spotted Jelly
By J-Ri on flickr
By Joshua Lambus
Egg jellyfish. Some of these names are a little obvious.
By Joyce Pedersen (addict2pics) on Flickr
By randapex on flickr
Check out these Nudibranches, or Sea Slugs
Black and Gold Sapsucking Slug, Cyerce nigricans
By Nick Hobgood
by acqua e luce on flickr
By Greg Piper
By Allen Lee(houpc) on flickr
By Digidiverdave on flickr
By Stan Bysshe
Can you believe these were all different versions of the seaslug?
I think it’s an octopus. Or squid?
Feather star by Daryl Glass
By murphy.laurence on flickr, blue ringed octopus with a deadly bite.
heart feather duster, by courtneyplatt on flickr
A juvenile pinnate spadefish
Sailfin Tang by Melissa Fiene
by Christian Skauge The free-swimming hydromedusae Gonionemus murbachii. location, Norwegian Sea Norway
By tredhead on flickr, seahorse
Leafy Sea dragon
Leafy Sea Dragon via National Geographic
Bouquet of sea squirts, by Nick Hobgood on flickr
From Daily Telegraph, UK
By Ari Lynn Day on Flickr, starfish
Icon starfish by Mark Atwell flickr
Red Feather Starfish by Mark Laita
By lndr on flickr, Leander Wiseman
Firefly squid on a Japanese beach
The Firefly Squid is a bioluminescent squid growing to a length of only three inches. It is equipped with special light-producing organs called photophores that emit a deep blue light. Large photophores can be found on the tips of the tentacles as well as around the eyes. Thousands of tiny photophores can be found throughout the squid’s body, giving it the ability to emit light along its entire form.
One firefly squid.by Dante Fenollo
In the Toyama Bay, in the central Japan Sea, the squid are found in fantastic abundance. Normally living at 1200 feet underwater, waves in the Toyama bay push the squid to the surface in massive numbers where they are fished from March to June.
Cymbol bubble snail by Okinawa Nature Photography
Zebra striped anenome by Nick Hobgood on flickr
Salp chain by by Davichin
Salps are tunicates that swim by jet propulsion, taking in water through a siphon at one end of their bodies and expelling it at the other. Four-inch (10.2-centimeter) salps link together to make luminous chains up to fifteen feet (4.6 meters) long!
Another salp chain.
The bristle-like appendage of an amphipod—a type of marine crustacean. The bristles serve as a sort of fishing net for plankton.
White tentacle Japanese Aeolis.
Ping pong tree sponge from Mariana’s trench
Fish swim in schools to appear larger to their predators.
By R. Dirscherl/Photoshot/Solent
School of fish makes way for sharks. Maldives Islands
For more sea images and information, go to: Seaslugs, or Sea Dragons, or Sea Horses, or Sea Stars or the weird frogfish. Info about the sea horses is especially fascinating, if you haven’t read it.
Thanks to: Sam Pryor on Pinterest, an article by Kaushik on amusing planet, and to all the diving photographers who took these amazing pictures and whose identity I could not find.