ted:

Eerie, beautiful, captivating images of sea urchins mating and being born (that little triangle guy is a baby sea urchin).

These are a glimpse of how life begins in the deep ocean — and there’s a lot of life down there. The oceans provide about 190 times as much living space as every other space on Earth — soil, air and fresh water — put together. A vast array of amazing creatures live in the depths of this watery world. Squid, jellyfish, and plankton are just a few of our favorites (all shown as tiny babies in that last gif).

Learn more here »

0ce4n-g0d:

Cave | Joost van Uffelen

artandsciencejournal:

Home Sweet Home

Usually plastic and the environment do not go hand in hand, but artist Aki Inomata uses plastic to create an environment for her little pet hermit crabs in “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” (2009, 2010-2013).

With the help of CT scanning to render a three-dimensional model of an empty shell, Inomata creates her base and then builds houses atop these shell renderings. These architectural wonders mimic the style of popular dwellings, from Tokyo house-style to Paris apartments. 

With these plastic hermit crab habitats, Inomata wanted to explore not only the hermit crab’s adaptability to new surroundings, but how we adapt as well. Immigration, relocation, even acquiring a new identity or nationality is more or less the human version of growing out of a shell, and finding a new one to call ‘home’.

Not only is this series an amazing symbolic representation of our will to adapt, but also a fun way to learn more about the life and physiology of the hermit crab, as the dwellings are completely see-through. Have you ever wondered what a hermit crab’s body looks like inside its shell?

A video of both the hermit crabs in action and how the artist came about designing the shells can be found here.

-Anna Paluch

(via mad-as-a-marine-biologist)

cubebreaker:

In his series, The Good Badlands, photographer Guy Tal seeks to show us that though it is often hidden, and may only appear briefly, there is delicate and subtle beauty in abundance for any viewer with patience and desire.

(via earthandanimals)

felisirbis:

If you’re not going to comic con clap your hands.
*clap* *clap*
If you live no where near it clap your hands.
*clap* *clap*
if your favorite cast is showing and you’re dying ‘cause you’re not going.
then go ahead and cry and clap your hands.
*clap* *clap*

(Source: suicidally-romantic-scoundrel, via evodevo-ditto-obvs)

sixpenceee:

SEA ANEMONE RUNNING AWAY FROM STARFISH
You can watch the original video here
Starfish are the slow moving predators of the sea, they can present a lot of danger to the anemone and other immobile sea creatures. 

sixpenceee:

SEA ANEMONE RUNNING AWAY FROM STARFISH

You can watch the original video here

Starfish are the slow moving predators of the sea, they can present a lot of danger to the anemone and other immobile sea creatures. 

(via shychemist)

h4ilstorm:

(by memo camera)
buggirl:

Quite possibly the most beautiful cicada I’ve ever seen alive.
Tiputini, Ecuador

buggirl:

Quite possibly the most beautiful cicada I’ve ever seen alive.

Tiputini, Ecuador