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The Antarctic cnidarian Liponema brevicornis, or as I call it, the pink furry hat of the deep sea.

The Antarctic cnidarian Liponema brevicornis, or as I call it, the pink furry hat of the deep sea.

(Source: actiniaria.com)

The noble pen shell, Pinna nobilis, largest bivalve of the Mediterranean. They are highly endangered due to overexploitation and destruction of their native seagrass environment. They can grow up to a millimeter each day, making them some of the fastest growing bivalves in the world.

The noble pen shell, Pinna nobilis, largest bivalve of the Mediterranean. They are highly endangered due to overexploitation and destruction of their native seagrass environment. They can grow up to a millimeter each day, making them some of the fastest growing bivalves in the world.

Tumblr for Android has become an outstanding app since I last used it. Definitely better than the website.

astronomy-to-zoology:

Blue Button (Porpita porpita)

…a species of colonial porpitid hydrozoans which occur in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. Although blue buttons look similar to jellyfish they are actually a colony of numerous hydrozoan polyps. Blue buttons are typically seen drifting on the surface of the ocean where it feeds on zooplankton which drift too close. Blue button colonies consist of two main parts: the float which is a hard brown circle which keeps the colony afloat, and the colony which forms the “tentacles” of the organism, these tentacles are laced with nematocysts which are used to dispatch prey.  

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Medusozoa-Hydrozoa-Anthomedusae-Porpitidae-Porpita-P. porpita

Images: Bruce Moravchik and Tanay PrabhuDesai

sadstuffonthestreet:

Still life: Cucumber, Leaves, Converse.
Found in London, England by zombie lauren

Suspicious.

sadstuffonthestreet:

Still life: Cucumber, Leaves, Converse.

Found in London, England by zombie lauren

Suspicious.