The Giant Stingray, found in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia's muddy rivers, can grow up to 1,200 pounds. Due to their painful sting, they're also called "wish-you-were-dead fish." (photo: Zeb Hogan)

Holy CRAP a Giant Stingray. Photograph courtesy Zeb Hogan - Fish experts believe the giant stingray, such as this one in Cambodias Mekong River, is the largest freshwater species on Earth. This specimen measured more than 13 feet meters) long.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis, not because it  sucks blood but "because they have the ability to ‘cape’ themselves up with their membrane, which is black underside, looking just like a vampire wearing a black cape!"

The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis, lit. "vampire squid of Hell") is a small, deep-sea cephalopod found throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world.

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Meals - The Gracious Pantry (So happy to see healthy crock pot recipes)

2 Bean Southwestern Chicken Clean Eating Slow Cooker recipes boneless/ skinless chicken breasts into crockpot; can diced tomatoes in juice; can pinto beans, rinse/ drain oz. can black beans, ri

Salpa Maggiore, New  Zealand: This tunicate moves by pumping water through its body and has a complex life cycle living both solitary and as a chain of salps which swim and feed together. Picture: Conaugh Fraser / Caters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salp #Salp

Mystery see-through fish stuns fisherman

A fisherman from New Zealand caught a transparent fish known as Salpa maggiore. A fisherman from New Zealand caught a transparent fish known as Salpa maggiore.

Limacina helicina, the sea butterfly, is a tiny mollusk that lives inside a dark shell and uses its "ears" as wings. Like its predator, the sea angel, Limacina has evolved wings in place of the normal mollusk foot. Unlike the sea angel, though, Limacina hunts with a big ball of secreted mucous, which it uses to catch tiny arthropods, bacteria and algae. Photo by Alexander Semenov. Story by Nadia Drake, wired.com  #Marine_Biology #Sea_Butterfly

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You’ll Find on Earth

Sea Butterfly (Limacina helicina) by sierraclub: This lentil-size Arctic snail has a translucent shell & wings evolved from its foot to keep it afloat as it drifts along the ocean currents & to trap plankton.

Atolla is a deep sea jelly fish which can be up to 10" across and looks more like a flower than an animal. When touched or disturbed it produces bright, rapidly-flashing circles of blue bioluminescent light that scientists think may confuse would-be hunters. (Photo by Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) #Jellyfish

Atolla is a deep sea jelly fish which can be up to across and looks more like a flower than an animal. When touched or disturbed it produces bright, rapidly-flashing circles of blue bioluminescent light that scientists think may confuse would-be hunters.

Antlered WaspCredit: June Aubrey R. Young:   Another insect that sports reindeer-like antlers, the Eucharitid wasp belongs to the Eucharitidae family of parasitic wasps. Although its unique antennae shape would make it fit right in at the North Pole with Donner and Blitzen, this wasp prefers to live in tropical regions.

'Tis the Season: Gallery of Festive Insects

Antlered Wasp Credit: June Aubrey R. Young: Insect that sports reindeer-like antlers, the Eucharitid wasp belongs to the Eucharitidae family of parasitic wasps.

Pavement - Form Follows Groove by Horst Kiechle, via Flickr

Adaptive Roots in Concrete. In this fantastic sighting by photographer Horst Kiechle, we see the roots of a tree in Bangkok, Thailand growing into the grooves and cracks of an interlocking sidewalk.

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