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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More Fascinating SCPS (Every Other Wednesday)

Hello fellow researchers! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at our newest anomalies. Now, grab your Class S protective equipment, and let’s begin our analysis!

  • SCP-229 The Wire Weed Object Class: Euclid  Description: SCP-229 appears to be a mass of wires and cables. Superficially, they appear to be raw copper wire, insulated Ethernet cable, phone cable, power lines, and many other forms of electrical cable. The current mass weighs 94 kg at last measurement. 

SCP-229 is tentatively identified as a form of silicon-based life. SCP-229 is a highly invasive parasite, attacking anything carrying even a low electrical current. SCP-229 will grow several centimeters every hour, and form connectors to attach to electrical power sources (wall socket plugs, USB connectors, etc.). SCP-229 will also splice itself into power lines and existing wires if no connection is available. SCP-229 appears to “feed” off electricity.  

SCP-229 appears to go dormant when not in the presence of an electrical source. Any electrical current within thirty meters, no matter how small, will immediately cause SCP-229 to “grow” in the direction of the electricity  Questions regarding the possible intelligence and sensory organs of SCP-229 are still under investigation.

SCP-229 appears to “grow” best on metal or plastic, but is very capable of infesting living tissue. In vertebrate animals, SCP-229 will quickly penetrate the epidermis and other tissues, attaching to and enveloping the spine. SCP-229 will then grow along nerve pathways and up into the brain, attaching it and infesting it within a few days. This process appears to be extremely painful, and can cause very erratic  behavior. When the infested subject nears death, usually from massive internal bleeding and brain damage, SCP-229 will exit the body by puncturing through the skin and attaching to any nearby structures, thus beginning the cycle again.

It is theorized that SCP-229 has always been present in our ecosystem, but that the technological level, and thereby the availability of electricity was insufficient to allow its spread. With the current prevalence of wires and other electrical devices, detection can be extremely difficult. Incineration is the best means for SCP-229 removal.

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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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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 means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more dynamic sea creatures. Now, let’s go for a dive!

  • Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) Size: Up to 2 1/2 in Depths Found: 3-60 ft in tropical waters of the southwestern Pacific 

The Mandarinfish is one of the most colorful of all sea creatures found in coral reefs. Its skin is covered in a special slime that has a distinctively bitter taste. This is used for defense against predators. The species is a very popular among aquariums, however they are quite difficult to maintain.

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  • Dugong (Dugong dugon) Size: 8-13 ft Depths Found: Coastal Shallows

Dugongs are incredibly weird creatures of the sea. They are blimp-shaped sea animals with crescent-shaped tails and broad heads. They feed on sea grass, and use their long snouts to find resources in the mud. Unfortunately, Dugongs are extinct around the Mediterranean. However, the population is thriving in Australia.

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More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creature Info 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 dive. Now, let’s get started!

  • Coffinfish (Chaunax endeavouri) Length: Up to 9 in Depths Found: 160-1,000 ft 

The Coffinfish is a species of Anglerfish that resembles a small, pink balloon. They can inflate their bodies to appear larger than their actual size.  The history of the Coffinfish is almost unknown. They seem to like quiet muddy areas near the bottom of the ocean.

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  • Reef Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) Length: 8-16 in Depths Found: 16-295 ft

The Reef Lizardfish is a very colorful creature of the sea. It has a very large mouth filled with rows of sharp teeth. Its bright colors allow it to camouflage its body in coral reefs. They are a common food of reef fishermen.

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More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Info found in DK’s Ocean The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and I’m finally back from Christmas Break! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Now, let’s explore the amazing wonders of the sea.

  • King Ragworm (Alitta virens) Length: Up to 20 in Depths found in: Shore and shallows in muddy sand

The King Ragworm is an incredibly strange creature of the sea. They have very strong jaws, and may inflict painful bites. Its jaws are also used to feed via proboscis.Fishermen use this species of worm as bait.

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  • Spotted Boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) Length: Up to 10 in Depths: 3-100 ft 

Spotted Boxfish are very bizarre creatures of the sea. They have a box of fused boned bony plates under their skin. This is in place of scales. They move by beating their pectoral fins, and propulsion by their tails. Boxfish are poisonous, and will secrete slime to defend against predators.

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More Fascinating Creatures of the Sea (Every other Tuesday)

Info about creatures found in Nouvian’s book, The Deep, and DK’s Ocean The Defintive 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 fascinating sea creatures. Now, grab your scuba suits, and let’s dive!

  • Crown-of-thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Length: Up to 20 in Depths Found In: 3-65 ft In tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Ocean

These strange species of Starfish are major problems for coral reefs. This creature only feeds on coral, and completes this task in a very strange way. The sea creature will turn its stomach out through its mouth and digest the coral’s tissue. The Crown-of-thorns Starfish is also slightly poisonous. It can inflict a painful wound if handled with bare hands.

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  • Stoplight Loosejaw (Malacosteus niger) Length: Up to 9 1/2 in Depths Found In: 3,300-13,000 ft In deep tropical and temperate waters worldwide

The Stoplight Loosejaw is a very fearsome creature of the deep sea. The fish is black in color, and has a huge mouth. The mouth has no floor, and a ribbon muscle is used to close it. This fish has two special photophores, which are located under each of its eyes. Despite that many bioluminescent lights are blue-green, this fish has an unique red light. Red lights are never seen in the deep, so this fish has the advantage of finding red prey undetected.

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