These special arthropods (stomatopods) have 16 visual pigments! We only have four, and we can see millions of colors. Their vision is hyperspectral, they can see ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, as well as polarized light. They have a very large focal range and the eyes can emit light, which is used for communication. They have the most complex visual organs on the planet. clairevictoria
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Rainbow Mantis shrimp... less than 2 inches long. They have 16 visual pigments! We only have four, and we can see millions of colors. Their vision is hyperspectral, they can see ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, as well as polarized light. They have 360 degree vision and three parts of each eye can focus on the same spot, so each individual eye has trinocular vision with depth perception. They have a very large focal range and the eyes can emit light, which is used for communication.
I don't know what it is, but I might have to make a fantasy creature based off of this. :-)
Life of Mantis Shrimp | Life of Sea. What an amazing animal! One kick of their front legs is as powerful as a hammer blow and can break aquarium glass or shatter a crab shell. That leg moves so fast it boils the water around it resulting in a shower of spark-like light! Its eyes have 16 color receptor-- they can see colors we don't even know!
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Mantis Shrimp by Shutterstock Don’t underestimate its appearance, though. Despite measuring a mere four inches, the underwater crustacean packs a mighty punch with its bright orange club, a fist-like appendage that smites prey faster than a 22-caliber bullet. Repeated blows, each one exceeding the force of 110 pounds, can crumble mollusk shells and crab exoskeletons, renowned for their impenetrability. it could be the key to producing lighter, stronger body armor and vehicle frames.
wolveswolves: Wolf Comparison Chart by HDevers A very handy chart comparing most wolf (sub)species. Click the above link for full size.
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Tundra wolves are my fav. wolveswolves: Wolf Comparison Chart by HDevers A very handy chart comparing most wolf (sub)species. Click the above link for full size.
Comparing wolf sub species
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Wide-angle 3rd Place, Jackie Campbell, Ireland Barracuda, Sudanese Red Sea | Underwater Photography Contest 2011 | The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami
The Sudanese Red Sea teems with barracuda fish, as seen in this photography by Ireland's Jackie Campbell. The photo won third place in the wide-angle category. www.flowcheck.es Taller de equipos de buceo #buceo #scuba #dive
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Sailfish hunt - Eric Cheng - not about fly fishing, but thought it was a super cool picture.
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Sailfish hunt - An Atlantic sailfish drives a school of sardines up to the surface. Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Sailfish Hunt by Eric Cheng - Animal artwork.
Blue Squamosa clams are among the rarest invertebrates
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someday i'll have a saltwater reef tank again with gorgeous inverts like this what a beautiful clam!
Blue Squamosa clams are among the rarest invertebrates.
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Weird & Amazing Animals...
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Amazing, unusual animals. Many if these are terrifying.
WTF did I just look at?!?! Weve rounded up some bizarre and crazy animals you never knew existed.
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This is the velella (Velella Velella), a small free floating hydrozoan. It's currently the only known species in the genus. They're also known as sea-rafts or by-the-wind-sailors, for the obvious reason that it uses the the "sail" you can see in this image for locomotion. Because of this, they are often found washed up on beaches.
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I am awed by ocean creatures. The Velella by scelnews: This free floating hydrozoan, commonly known by the names sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, purple sail, little sail, has no means of locomotion other than its sail. How utterly perfect.
This tiny critter is a Velella, a small, free floating hydrozoan. Velella is commonly known by names like sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, or little sail. Usually deep blue in color, their most obvious feature is a small stiff sail that catches the wind and propels them over the surface of the sea. Under certain wind conditions, they may be stranded by the thousands on beaches.
Velella (Velella Velella) A small free floating hydrozoan. The only known spieces in its genus . They are also know as sea - rafts or by -the -wind -sailors for obvious reasons it uses its "sail", as seen in this image, to grasp the wind for locomotion , because of this, they are often found washed ashore.
This is the velella (Velella Velella), a small free floating hydrozoan. It's currently the only known species in the genus (HIPSTER fish!). They're also known as sea-rafts or by-the-wind-sailors, for the obvious reason that it uses the the "sail" you can see in this image for locomotion. Because of this, they are often found washed up on beaches. "I left the ocean - it was too current."
Rare sea creature
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Wild Wings in Winter Along the River; Bald Eagles. (by Persis Weirs).
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3,200 year old tree in the Sequoia National Park.
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The President, the third largest tree on earth.Giant Forest Grove 36°33′45″N 118°45′05″W 240.9 feet (73.4 m) 93.0 feet (28.3 m) 45,148 cubic feet (1,278.4 m3)[note 1] named after U.S. President Warren G. Harding (thank you wikipedia)
"The President" a 3200 Year Old Tree in Sequoia National Park in the southern Sierra Nevada's of California ~ The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall, measures 45,000 cubic feet in volume, ~ The trunk is 27 feet wide and its branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet. ~ "The President" is still adding one cubic meter of wood per year - making it one of the fastest growing trees in the world.
odditiesoflife: This 3200 Year Old Tree is So Massive, It’s Never Been Captured in a Single Image…Until Now It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname like “The President”. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall and is an estimated 3,200 years old. The trunk measures 27 feet across and, between the base and the highest peak, there are an estimated two billion needles. Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to try to be the first. It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which one scientist argues is the largest in the world (if you take into account width). After stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this mind-blowing portrait of “The President” captured in a single photo for the first time.
oldest tree in one photo, 3200years old,masha'Allah
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Chambered nautilus. Photo by Sam Pryor for Brennan his favorite sea creature at this juncture:)
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Chambered nautilus Photo by Sam Pryor #sea shell
A deep-sea chimaera—a cartilaginous fish related to sharks—seen by the Little Hercules in the Sulawesi Sea. Its snout is covered with tiny pores capable of detecting perturbations in electrical fields generated by living organisms. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.
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A silver sleeping fox
A silver fox, a color morph of the red fox.
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Leafy Seadragon, my favorite sea creature, is a Threatened species, threatened by collecting for use in Chinese medicine and by habitat loss.
Near our vacation rental in Santa Cruz in Monterey Bay, CA there is a wonderful exhibit of Seahorses. Magical!! Here's a cousin - Weedy Seadragon <3
The Leafy Sea Dragon, closely related to the sea horse, survives by pretending to be a floating bunch of sea weed. It swims very slowly & its dorsal & pectoral fins are transparent. Predators likely don’t even know it exists! These little guys have weird reproductive habits; the female lays eggs into the male’s body via a long tube, and the male carries them until they emerge from his pouch. This is a threatened species due to habitat loss and to people collecting it for use in Chinese medicine.
G. atlanticus eats Man o' War tentacles and then stores the stinging cells from those tentacles. As a result, the G. atlanticus develops a really strong sting, too.
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Blue Dragon Mollusk: Glaucus atlanticus (common names sea swallow, blue glaucus, blue sea slug and blue ocean slug) is a species of small-sized blue sea slug. They grow up to 3cm in length and live in the temperate tropical waters found in East and South Coast of South Africa, European waters, the east coast of Australia and Mozambique. G. atlanticus preys on other, larger pelagic organisms such as the dangerously venomous Man o’ War and, given the opportunity, will become cannibalistic.
The Blue Dragon Mollusk's normal size is up to about 3 cm, depending on their age. They also float upside down on the surface tension of the ocean. In addition, these "blue dragons" consume other poisonous sea creatures and then use their toxins to sting new prey
A thirsty pangolin.
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Manis Gigantea why is that artichoke drinking water
New funny post on thatrand0mstuff
chrismenning: pensiveprincess: why is that pine cone drinking That is an artichoke and they are beautiful.
what a unique animal. looks looks a little like an artichoke
44. Ground pangolin: 'A 15kg walking artichoke? A metre-long ant-eating pinecone? It's hard to describe a pangolin in animal terms. This bizarre mammal is the only warm-blooded creature on the planet that it completely covered in scales.' Read more in 100 Bizarre Animals www.bradtguides.com
Pygmy seahorse in camouflage on a sea fan, Borneo, Malaysia. (Vickie Coker)
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I don't know how anyone can look at a newborn infant, the ocean, and animals in their natural habitat and not believe in God! This is a PYGMY SEAHORSE- . they are less than an inch long and have an INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO CAMOUFLAGE THEMSELVES. Captured on film, in camouflage, on a sea fan, Borneo, Malaysia, by Vickie Coker. God takes care of all of his creatures, protecting us. And I can't help but think how God's eye is on the sparrow so, I can be assured that He is watching over me.
The Pygmy Seahorse, less than an inch long, shown here in camouflage on a sea fan. Harbouring an effective camouflage with its host gorgonian coral, the pygmy sea horse species was not discovered until it was found in an aquarium.
Pygmy seahorse in camouflage on a sea fan, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo by Vickie Coker, via : The pygmy seahore is less than an inch long and can camouflage itself by changing the color of its skin to match its surroundings. #Pygmy_Seahorse #Malaysia #Vickie_Coker #wild animals
The very cute pygmy seahorse camouflaged in pink coral! #cute #sea #creature
PYGMY SEAHORSE (hippocampus bargibanti) ©Vickie Coker, Austin, Texas) The pygmy seahorse evolved its knobby body and rosy color to blend in with gorgonians (sea fans) of the genus Muricella, where the seahorse makes its home among the coral reefs of the Western Pacific. These fish are so tiny (only two centimeters in height) and so well camouflaged that they weren’t discovered very easily
A rhino saving a baby zebra which was stuck in the mud!
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A Rhino saving an exhausted baby Zebra stuck in the mud. I suppose he couldn't see his faith, colour, creed or culture through all that mud he was suffocating in. Mmmm ?
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Euprymna tasmanica is one of about ten species of bobtail squid which will be investigated at the Symbiosis Symposium on March 13 and 14 at New Mexico State University. (Photo by Mark Norman)
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Bobtail Squid; neither a squid nor an octopus but a member of Sepiola, another order in the Cephalopods
Nishiguchi Bobtail Squid.
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Strangest And Rarest Animals In World. African Civet. Like all civets it has perianal glands that produce a fluid known as civetone (used in the perfume industry), which it spreads on markers in its territory to claim its range.
afrikai cibetmacska / african civet (Civettictis civetta)
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The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet. The dog's Latin name means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat, which features patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. Each animal has its own unique coat pattern, and all have big, rounded ears.
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The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or Painted dog, is an endangered species that typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.
Lycaon pictus is a canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and lightly wooded areas. It is variously called the African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, painted dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, spotted dog, or ornate wolf.
The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet. The dog's Latin name means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat, which features patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. Each animal has its own unique coat pattern, and all have big, rounded ears. AHHHHH!!!
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Baby Racoons drinking from a bird bath.
Raccoons Drinking from a Birdbath
Baby Raccoons drinking out of a bird bath!
The thirsty raccoons make birdbath with sculpture raccoons
Wonderful photo of Lek Chaillert, founder of Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. "Currently 35 elephants are under her care and the park has had seven births since 1996. Anyone witnessing Lek with elephants will see a loving bond, closeness, & a special understanding. Her commitment and extensive field work make her projects unique."
Wonderful photo of Lek Chaillert, founder of Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand
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Wonderful photo of Lek Chaillert, founder of Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. "Currently 35 elephants are under her care and the park has had seven births since 1996. Anyone witnessing Lek with elephants will see a loving bond, closeness, & a special understanding. Her commitment and extensive field work make her projects unique." #animal
I have been looking for the elusive dall sheep numerous times in Alaska. Finally, I saw a ram, very close to me, resting in a field of wildflowers, on top of a cliff, in front of a mountain with patches of snow, under the rainbow... Denali National Park