Location: Ayia Napa Harbour
Coldest, oldest, fastest : 10 extreme sea creatures – these are amazing, both in looks and facts. Here are my favorite two.
Anglerfish inhabit the deep sea, and for a century they baffled marine biologists. At first only female anglerfish were known; where the males were and what they looked like was a complete mystery. Then a parasitologist began studying the worm-like parasites generally attached to anglerfish females. What he found, instead of parasites, were anglerfish males — each undergoing a radical transformation. When a male anglerfish is tiny, he finds and attaches to a female. First his jaws dissolve and his bloodstream fuses with the female’s. Then his brain disappears and his guts shrink. Eventually he is little more than a testis, fertilizing the eggs of one female, for the rest of his life.
Clownfish families were made famous in ‘Finding Nemo,’ but real ones have more peculiar lives than the movie lets on. In a sea anemone where the clownfish live, the biggest fish is always a female, laying all the eggs. The next biggest fish is a functional male, fertilizing them. And lots of smaller clownfish are immature males. When the female dies or is eaten by a predator, the biggest male switches sex to become female. At the same time the biggest immature male grows into a functional male that can fertilize the eggs. This conveyor belt system of parenting assures a constant supply of baby Nemos.
Wow! I thought ships weren’t supposed to do that. But apparently I know nothing about ships. For more information, here’s the Wikipedia page about FLIP (Floating Instruments Platform).
From the about page:
The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ is a yearly photographic contest and exhibition. It seeks to recognise the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and that which best represents the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport.
Regardless of whether or not you are into sailing, photography, or sports – you will be amazed by some of the images in that contest. It’s not one of those Flickr photo groups where you’d just scroll through. This one will pause you, will make you look closely, and enjoy.
A lot of people, me included, are afraid of the deep sea waters. There’s just something worrisome about all that water, that even a power such as sun can’t fully penetrate. Water, darkness, silence – not the most comforting mix. And then, there are creatures. Creatures of nature.
When some of these things are in the water, I don’t want to be anywhere near there. Even though they are probably small and don’t attack people ever. I don’t care.
Via Big Picture.