Ocean Life

Posted on May 29, 2006  Comments (4)

Iridescent nudibranch

Photo: This iridescent nudibranch looks like a creature from another planet. Larger photo.

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce?) includes a huge photo and videocast gallery including: invertebrates, vertebrates and seafloor.

Also see an exploding volcano under the sea for the first time ever, from the:Submarine Ring of Fire 2006 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program.

4 Responses to “Ocean Life”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Blog Archive » Sea “Spiders” Suck on Prey
    August 16th, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    “Weird spider-like creatures that live at the bottom of the ocean and use a ‘straw’ to suck on their prey are baffling scientists. These sea spiders, some of which are blind, are defying scientific classification.”

  2. CuriousCat: Giant Star Fish and More in Antarctica
    March 21st, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

    “Benthic invertebrates in Antarctica are well known for their large size. This feature, known as ‘gigantism’ is common amongst certain groups including sea spiders, sponges, isopods, starfish, and amphipods…”

  3. CuriousCat Science Blog » Milestones on the Voyage to the Bottom of the Ocean
    October 5th, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    Epipelagic Zone – Ample sunlight penetrates down to 650 feet, making photosynthesis possible. With abundant plant life (read: food), this zone is the most densely populated with fish…

  4. Curious Cat Science Blog » Macropinna Microstoma: Fish with a Transparent Head
    March 3rd, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

    A new paper by Bruce Robis..on and Kim Reisenbichler shows that these unusual eyes can rotate within a transparent shield that covers the fish’s head. This allows the barreleye to peer up at potential prey or focus forward to see what it is eating.

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