There was a tornado that only mildly damaged my apartment, which was actually also the lab from Bones. My cat was eerily calm through it. The messed part is that I woke up to a tornado watch.
Respite (Detail), 2020 - Erik Thor Sandberg
The two Goats!
Theres a stark contrast between them dont you think
I KNOW WHAT SFW SASUKE IS I SWEAR IM SORRY I JUST FORGOT
do you love the colour of the basilosaurus
i'm surprised you don't seem to have done any cursed biology posts about seahorses--got any cursed/blessed facts about them?
have you ever noticed how seahorses seem so... weirdly stiff?
they move almost more like a terrible 3D render than a fish.
but it turns out there's a good reason for this!
HE IS. ALL BONES.
IS THIS REALLY HOW PUFFER FISH BONES LOOK LIKE ?!
yup! with one caveat- that's what the skeleton of an INFLATED pufferfush looks like!
let's backtrack real quick- if you've ever seen one at an aquarium, you might have noticed that pufferfish seem kind of... stiff.
unlike a regular fish, they don't bend at ALL in the middle and have to get around by just wiggling their oversized fins super hard, like a man who's been duct-taped to an office chair scooting around with his feet!
NO GETTING UP ALLOWED, BRIAN.
BUT ANYWAY their stiff movement and weird spiky skeleton are definitely connected, no bones about it!
no apologies for this.
if you take a good hard look at the skeleton in the first pic, you'll notice that the spiky bones aren't actually connected- they just sit under the pufferfish's skin like caltrops and expand to spread themselves apart and point outward when the pufferfish inflates!
so when the pufferfish ISN'T inflated, these bones actually layer over each other to form a very stiff armor consisting of multiple layers of bone spikes, which. is not very flexible. but it does prevent some random eel from just wandering up and stuffing them in its mouth, you have to admit!
so tldr: pufferfish skeletons are really cool, but they had to take a HUGE movement penalty to get it!