These large bats, in fact the largest bats in the world, are known as "flying foxes."
Census of Marine Life researchers discovered this unusual transparent sea cucumber (Enypniastes sp.) in the Gulf of Mexico. It creeps forward on its tentacles, sweeping detritus-rich sediment into its mouth. So far Census researchers have discovered more than 5,000 new species. They expect to find many more.
This red octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) shines in a novel way. Suckers stretching in a single row down each arm flash on and off. The glowing-sucker octopod drifts through deep waters off the eastern United States—down to 2,500 meters (8,200 feet)—and grows up to 50 cm (18 inches) long
A blue cod and sea pens, a unique type of cnidarian, speckle the seafloor in New Zealand's Fiordland region.
This bait ball shows how small fish can react when larger predators are near by gathering tightly together in a ball-like formation that exposes the least number of fish. Fish species found in the open ocean are especially in need of some protection, as they don't have the cracks and crevices that fish in coastal or coral reef habitats have to hide away. Instead, they hide behind one another to form a spherical bait ball, a shape which allows for the protection of the most fish.
Jewel Squid: This jewel squid (Histioteuthis bonnellii) lives above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Red Mid-Water Comb Jelly : Like this comb jelly (Aulococtena acuminata), many midwater animals are red. Red is an easier pigment to produce than black, and in dark water, can't be seen.
Cockatoo Squid: This transparent cockatoo squid, or glass squid, retains liquids, giving it a balloon-like shape and helping it float.
Midwater Jellyfish: A fringe of tentacles surrounds the bell of this jellyfish (Halicreas minimum)
Bioluminescent Comb Jelly: A transparent body helps this tiny jelly (Bathocyroe fosteri) blend into the water.
Zoanthids on Hydrothermal Vent: These are the first zoanthids (relatives of coral) recorded at a hydrothermal vent.
Blind Lobster: This new species of lobster (Thaumastochelopsis sp.) is blind and has bizarre claws.
Oregon Zoo's Asian Elephant calf Lily is a little over one month old and has been developing into a joyful, energetic little elephant. See her in action, today on Zooborns.
Grand Cat Show - October 1883.
Snowflake Moray Eel: No two snowflakes are alike. Every snowflake is beautiful in its own way. But this one’s pretty creepy. The snowflake moray eel (Echidna nebulosa) has white, black and yellow splotches all over its body, which come together to look like snowflake designs. Moray eels eat their prey in a unique way – with two jaws. The second set of jaws is in their throat, which shoots up and grabs the prey from the main pair of jaws, drawing the prey down to the esophagus.
White Christmas Tree Worm: This festive worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) lives on tropical coral reefs and resembles a fluffy fir tree adorned with ornaments. The multi-functional branch-like appendages are used by the worm to breathe and to catch meals of plankton floating by. CREDIT: Flickr user Laszlo Ilyes
Two market squids mating. Despite covering 70 percent of the earth’s surface, the ocean doesn’t often make it into the news. But when it does, it makes quite a splash (so to speak). Here are the top ten ocean stories we couldn’t stop talking about this year, in no particular order. Add your own in the comments!
Two market squids mating