I've been seeing some WASP NEGATIVITY lately so just a reminder that insects are important and interesting whether you find them "cute" or not. Which btw wasps are cute actually but anyways... (also sorry for the US-centrism)
The Pigbutt worm or the flying buttocks of the sea is spotted floating between 965 m to 1300 m in the deep ocean. It is actually a polychaete (polly-keet) worm species that burrows in the ground as an adult, and floats around the ocean as a baby. The worm feeds itself : by creating a balloon of mucus; collecting particles on the mucus; and then consuming the particles. It is the rarest and thickest worm in the deep ocean, for only ten have been spotted.
Wow okay normally Kickstarter takes 3 days to approve a project but someone approved this one overnight! URL in case the tumblr link messes up like it has before:
3 pin designs of bugs that are fuzzy!
Some adjustments may have to be made in the final versions, in case some of their details are too fine for the pin size I want them to be! (worst case scenario is that they just have to be larger size pins than intended)
A jellyfish might not be what you think of when it comes to Alaskan wildlife, but spotting this little red-eyed Medusa jellyfish was one of the highlights of my time on the pacific coast. There’s something so mesmerizing about the way these animals move in the water and I feel like their gracefulness is highly underrated!
The red ocelli (eyespots) that you can see around the base of the bell are light sensitive, which allows the jelly to orient itself. It feeds on benthic zooplankton, small crustaceans, and worms. Isn’t it adorable how this little one boops the surface of the water with their bell?
The Pink Helmet is a mini hydromedusa that comes in a variety of vibrant colors. The tiny jelly is only 4 cm in size and is found towards the surface of the ocean. The purple and blue hues we see in its bell are caused by a phenomenon known as iridescence, when light strikes the jelly’s thin tissue at different angles (similar to what we see in a soap bubbles). It also has orange pigmentation near its mouth; this pigmentation helps attract prey and mask luminescence. Furthermore, females tend to be more colorful than males.
this looks fake, but I looked it up, and it’s real!
Chrysomallon squamiferum, commonly known as the scaly-foot gastropod, or sea pangolin,
is a species of deep-sea hydrothermal-vent snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Peltospiridae. This vent-endemic gastropod is known only from deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean, where it has been found at depths of about 2,400–2,900 m (1.5–1.8 mi). C. squamiferum differs greatly from other deep-sea gastropods, even the closely related neomphalines. In 2019, it was declared endangered on the IUCN Red List, the first species to be listed as such due to risks from deep-sea mining of its vent habitat that also produce high-quality metal ores.
The shell is of a unique construction, with three layers; the outer layer consists of iron sulfides, the middle layer is equivalent to the organic periostracum found in other gastropods, and the innermost layer is made of aragonite. The foot is also unusual, being armored at the sides with iron-mineralised sclerites.The snail's oesophageal gland houses symbiotic gammaproteobacteria from which the snail appears to obtain its nourishment. This species is considered to be one of the most peculiar deep-sea hydrothermal-vent gastropods, and it is the only known extant animal that incorporates iron sulfide into its skeleton (into both its sclerites and into its shell as an exoskeleton). Its heart is, proportionately speaking, unusually large for any animal: the heart comprises approximately 4% of its body volume.