More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide 

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more incredible creatures. Now, let’s dive!

  • Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) Length: Up to 12 3/4 ft Weight: 210 kg Depths Found: 1,000-3,400 ft

The Goblin Shark is an incredibly grotesque creature of the sea. It is completely pink in color, and has a very strange bill-like snout. The snout is speculated to be used for detecting prey in the atramentous depths. The shark’s jaws can be shot forward to catch prey. Fossils of similar species have been found in rocks that are over 100 million years old.

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  • Olive Sea Snake (Aipysurus laevis) Length: 3-7 ft Habitat: Coral reefs estuaries, and coastal shallows

The Olive Sea Snake is a beautiful, yet deadly creature of the sea. The snake is olive-brown, and has a much paler underside. It is very unique in that it has ventricle scales, a feature that all land snakes have. This reptile hunts for prey  in the large crevices of coral. The snake’s bite is extremely toxic, and may be fatal to humans.

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More Fascinating Creatures of the Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to go on another marine adventure. Now, let’s dive!

  • Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) Size: The shell can be a maximum of 8 in Typically found in: Tropical open waters up to 1,600 ft 

The Nautilus is an absolutely incredible type of Cephalopod. The five remaining species started as a numerous group nearly 65 million years ago. They are commonly referred to as “living fossils” due to the nearly non-existant change in anatomy. The creature has a hard shell as a defense against predators, and uses its 90 tentacles to catch prey. It moves through the water using jet propulsion and lays about twelve eggs per year.

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  •  Giant Brain Coral (Colpophyllia natans) Diameter: Up to a whopping 16 ft Depths Found: 3-180 ft in the seaward side of coral reefs 

This incredibly strange species of coral has an very long life span that extends 100 years. It is named after the brain shaped ridges and long valleys that run along its top. The colonies attract a lot of tourists, and some small fish, like gobies, make a permanent home in its massive frame.

 

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Random Sundays

Info Found In Various Pokedexes

Hello everyone, and welcome to another dose of randomness! This week, I will be covering some new pokedex entries. The world of Pokemon is a lot darker that one might think, and seems to push the boundaries of the “E” rated franchise. Be warned, some of these entries are very disturbing, so read at your own risk!

  • *Snap* Bewear Pokemon Moon Pokedex Entry: This Pokemon has the habit of hugging its companions. Many Trainers have left this world after their spines have been squashed by its hug. O_O The hug was too much to bear!

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  • Coral Killer! Toxapex Pokemon Sun Pokedex Entry: Toxapex crawls along the ocean floor on its 12 legs. It leaves a trail of Corsola bits scattered in its wake. (Circle of life?!)

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Halloween Post!

Info found in Yoda and Matt’s book, Yurei Attack!

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s time for a post that will make your hair stand on end! Now, turn off the lights, and let’s experience the ghost stories of Japan.

  • Kohada Koheji: Kohada Koheji was dead-set on becoming a star of the Kabuki stage. However, his performance skills were very poor. This all changes the day a director asks him to play a major role in an upcoming production. He plays the role of a ghost, which unfortunately is said to bring danger and misfortune to the actor. He ends up becoming famous for his ghost roles, and this is when things take a turn for the worst. Koheji was also quite dense, and completely overlooked the fact that his wife, Otsuka was having an affair with his friend Sakuro. Sakuro was a kabuki orchestra drummer, and wanted Otsuka all to himself. He decides to killed Koheji on a fishing trip. During the trip, as Koheji casts his line, one of Sakuro’s cronies grabs it, and drags the poor actor to a watery grave. Sakuro then frisks the corpse of all valuables, and while he reaches into the kimono, Koheji’s dead hand grabs his wrist. One of Sakuro’s henchmen then lashes out with a sword and severs the limb mid-forearm. Sakuro returns to Otsuka with the news, and she laughs, proclaiming that her husband is in the other room. Upon entering said room, Sakuro is meet with a horrible smell. This causes Otsuka to accept her husband’s demise, and she tells Sakuro to suck it up. When the horrible couple falls asleep, a man appears in front of them. The ghost of Koheji starts to appear every that the couple go, and while Otsuka sleeps, Sakuro sees a man run into his bedroom. Enraged by this, he grabs his sword and rushes in. Otsuka wakes up, and tries to block the blade with her hand. Her fingers get severed, and she begins to die. While Sakuro looks for help, he hears a loud scream from the bedroom. He’s met with a horrific sight of blood covered walls and chunks of scalp. He loses everything, and falls into a deep slumber, never waking up again. Luckily, this ghost doesn’t stalk people today. That is, if you aren’t a kabuki actor. 

 

Strange Creatures of the Deep (Every Other Tuesday)

Info found in Novian’s book, The Deep

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s take a dive!

  • Periphylla periphylla (Helmet jelly) Size: Up to 1 m Depths found in: 0-7000 m These incredibly fascinating Jellyfish are in large supply in the fjords of Norway. The Helmet jelly is a vicious predator, and will try to devour all available resources around its environment. 

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  • Pannychia moseleyi (Glowing sea cucumber) Size: 20 cm Depth: 212-2598 These strange sea cucumbers are usually found near the bottom of the sea. They’re extremely mobile, and can clear large areas in a short period of time. Their diet consists of deposited organic particles. When threatened, this sea cucumber’s body lights up, creating a blue-green bioluminescent spiral.

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More Fascinating Creatures of the Deep (Every Other Tuesday)

Creature info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to go on another journey into the deep sea. Now, let’s grab our submersible, and dive in to the unknown depths below.

  • Pacific viperfish (Chauliodus macouni) Size: 25 cm Depths found in: 250-4390 m

The Pacific viperfish is an extremely creepy creature of the deep sea. It has long and sharp fangs, which make this monster a ferocious predator. Unfortunately, the fangs are so prominent, that it’s impossible for them to fit in the fish’s mouth. This is very problematic when it snatches prey that’s larger than itself. So, this fish has a massive underbite! Still, its face alone can strike fear into timid individuals.

 viperfish My, what big teeth you have!

  • Fanfin seadevil (Caulophryne jordani) Size: 25 cm (This doesn’t include sensory filaments) Depths found in: 700-3000m

This horrific monster belongs to a species of deep sea hunters called Anglerfish. The most notable thing about said species is the huge difference in gender appearance. The females are usually large and “ugly as sin”, while the males are much smaller and pathetic in comparison. This rare specimen has tons of sensitive filaments, which allow the beast to detect even the slightest movement in the water. They remain perfectly still, waiting for an unfortunate fish to get too close to its terrifying set of teeth. It’s also important to note that this creature never comes near the surface of the sea. I swear, they need to make a horror film with deep sea fish!

fanfin  Isn’t she lovely?

More Fascinating Deep Sea Fish (Every Other Tuesday)

Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to dive into the deep once again. I hope you are ready to meet some incredibly bizarre fish. Now, let’s investigate the unknown depths below!

  • Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infenalis) Size: 40 cm Depths found in: 600-1500 m

The Vampire Squid is an incredibly grotesque creature of the deep sea. It has blood red eyes, and a pineapple-shaped body. The creature has many dangerous-looking “fangs” that appear on the underside of its mantle. The Vampire Squid has the awesome ability to spit bioluminescent clouds from its arms. This is used as a defense mechanism, and the cloud glows for ten minutes. This creature’s origins date back over 200 million years, and it has common traits of both squid and octopus. 

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  • Pompei worm (Alvinella pompejana) Size: 15 cm Depths found in: 2600-2850 m: The Pompei worm is an extremely strange creature that is found on the bottom of the sea. It is said to be the only creature that can survive bathing in extreme temperatures. The creatures live on the walls of active undersea chimneys, which usually collapse under their weight. Marine Biologists are still trying to figure out how the worm resists such harsh temperatures.

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