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Secret ecosystem found on hills deep beneath the ocean's surface

Secret ecosystem found on hills deep beneath the ocean's surface, where microclimates make diversity thrive.

Monsters of the Deep: Extraordinary marine life, in pictures

Monsters of the Deep: Extraordinary marine life, in pictures

Monsters of the Deep: Extraordinary marine life, in pictures. Piar of Harlequin shrimp

Decorator Crab

Monsters of the Deep: Extraordinary marine life, in pictures

A decorator crab with anemones at Critters Baengabang dive site, Pantar Island, near Alor, Indonesia.

Monsters of the deep..a smashing Mantis shrimp.

A mantis shrimp in a hole. It is often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do the ocean floor — and one look at these strangely stunning creatures could be enough to affirm that.

Physalia the “Portuguese man of war”. The siphonophore Physalia physalis is made of hundreds of reproductive, digestive and fishing zoids beneath a float – a “pneumatophore” – serving as a sail to move at the surface of the ocean. Its fishing zoids can extend several meters. They are studded with cells containing stinging, venom-filled nematocysts which can paralyse prey and even kill humans. Photograph: C Dunn/Brown University

Siphonophores: the longest animals on the planet – in pictures

Credit: C Dunn/Brown University Physalia the “Portuguese man of war”. The siphonophore Physalia physalis is made of hundreds of reproductive.

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Frighteningly Beautiful Shots of Australian Peacock Spider by Jurgen Otto

All arthropods need to molt. Here is a time lapse video of how a spider crab does it.

Molting spider crab

Giant Spider Crab Molting (time-Lapse) To grow larger, crabs breakout of their exoskeleton, pump water into their new soft exoskeleton to inflate it some, then absorb calcium to harden it into a new shell!

The Sea Robin  -  This bottom-feeding Scorpaeniform fish is colored beautifully and has unique fins that almost resemble wings! Fishermen lucky enough to have caught this fish describe a frog-like sound when they pull it up.

The Sea Robin: This bottom-feeding Scorpaeniform fish is colored beautifully and has unique fins that almost resemble wings! Fishermen lucky enough to have caught this fish describe a frog-like sound when they pull it up.

Drone Captures Aerial Footage Of Whale Shark And Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy | IFLScience

Drone Captures Aerial Footage Of Whale Shark And Manta Ray Feeding Frenzy

Happiest Bear on earth galloping

Happiest Bear on earth galloping

La Muglerette. Ok a little too much for me, but some good ideas....

latexfashion: frenchfetish: Latex by Thierry Mugler So bizarre… Should inmole the piggie to the outer gods and gift myself the Thierry Mu.

Japanese Aquariums' Link to the Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji:   A survey shows that half the dolphins in Japanese facilities are taken from the annual hunts at the cove.

Japanese Aquariums' Link to the Dolphin Slaughter at Taiji * A survey shows that half the dolphins in Japanese facilities are taken from the annual hunts at the cove.