The Amazing Ocean (Old Post Throwback!)

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s time for me to bring back one of my favorite topics! As said multiple times in the past, I love marine life, and I’m always amazed at the new creatures that are discovered. This post will discuss some of the coolest creatures of the sea. Now, let’s begin our incredible journey!

  • Helmet Jelly (Periphylla periphylla) Size: Can be up to 1m Depths found in: 0-7000m Habitats: Oceans worldwide as well as the Mediterranean Sea Diet: Plankton

The Helmet Jelly is one of the largest Jellyfish found in the deep sea. It is usually bright red in color, and emits a bioluminescent glow. This glow allows the creature to distinguish between light and dark. The Jelly is actually considered to be quite a nuisance in Norway, as it devours many resources in isolated ecosystems.

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  • Radiolarians (Tuscaridium cygneum) Size: 1.2 cm Depths found in: 400-2200m Habitat: Oceans worldwide Diet: Phytoplankton 

Radiolarians are unique types of Zooplankton that mainly reside in the column of deep waters. Despite being microscopic in size, when zoomed in on, they’re quite beautiful, and resemble spherical spiky balls. They also can’t swim, and remain perfectly still, floating in the deep depths. When disturbed, the Radiolarian will emit a bioluminescent glow. Upon death, the skeletons of these creatures will fall to the ocean floor, and are one of the prime materials found in abyssal sediment.

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Asher’s Video Game Reviews (One Every 2 Months)

Hello fellow gamers, and welcome to a new game review! I am really looking forward to reviewing this particular game, and I hope that you guys will enjoy it. Now, let’s begin!

Dead Cells Release Date: August 7, 2018 Platforms: PC,PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One Rated T for Teen (Gore, Violence, Blood, Language) Developed by Motion Twin Composer: Yoann Laulan Genres: Metroidvania and Roguelike 

Dead Cells is a game that I wanted the second I saw Tear of Grace playing it. It essentially is what would happen if Dark Souls was an Action Platformer. You take control of a humanoid creature that doesn’t have a head. It’s known as The Prisoner or The Beheaded. You start the game in a prison where you’re told by a guard that you can’t die. Instead of having a Game Over, you get transformed into this green slime, and possess a corpse to take control of it. The object of the game is to presumably escape the prison, and find out why you were captured to begin with. It won’t be easy, however, as there’s tons of enemies and traps in your way. Each time you start a run, you a randomly given two weapons in the form of a sword and a shield. You also collect 2 extremely important items throughout your journey. Whenever you kill an enemy, they will drop money, and may have a chance to drop a glowing blue orb known as a cell. Cells are used to upgrade your arsenal of weapons, and to increase drops in the dungeons. The difficulty comes in the gameplay, as when you “die”, you will drop all of the cells you currently are holding. The good news, is that the cells that you use to upgrade weapons are permeant, so the weapons will stay unlocked. Each enemy has a special type of attack that can massively drain your health, however, there’s an easy cue whenever they perform it. Your weapons range from awesome swords that cause the enemies to bleed, to freaking sandals that allow you to kick your way through huge mobs. The faster and quicker your reaction time is, the better you’ll do in the game. I also have gotta say, the music is absolutely perfect, as it embodies every situation that you run into. The game isn’t complete yet, but you’re guaranteed to have a great time playing it, as the rewards are random with every run. I highly recommend this game to lovers of The Binding Of Isaac and Platforming fans in general. Posted below is Sethorven playing Dead Cells, so if it interests you, buy the game, and you won’t be disappointed. Final Rating: 9.6/10 (Incredibly Fun)

 

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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Weird and Wonderful Sea Creatures (Every other Tuesday)

Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and this post is getting an upgrade. I’ll be expanding the subject to cover all marine life. The ocean is home to some of the most fascinating organisms, and I can’t wait to see what we uncover on this weeks’ dive.

  • Tasseled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) Size (Up to 4 1/2 ft) Weight (N/A) Depth Found (~130 ft) 

This incredibly strange shark is a master of disguise. When lying perfectly still, this fish resembles a seaweed-covered rock. Its mouth is outfitted with rows of needle-like teeth, and it’s also equipped with weed-like skin flaps. This fearsome predator attacks anything that wanders too close to its mouth. 

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  • Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) Size (3 1/4-5 ft) Weight (Up to 4 1/2 lb) Found in (Shallow inshore waters) 

The Beaked Sea Snake is a notoriously aggressive and dangerous reptile. Its venom is strong enough to kill 50 people, and is responsible for 10 snakebite related deaths every year. The snake is blue-grey in color, and has a paddle like tail. Its diet consists of catfish and snakes. Despite their incredibly toxic venom, this species of snake still can fall victim to inshore predators, like fish and crocodiles.

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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.

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  • 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!

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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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