joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea

 

uh, still got nothin’

Crunching away at work… mmm… crunchy.

 

 

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Haven’t even had time to read much lately, so I’ll just post the following article again. I post it every couple of years because I think it is important. The people who should read it and take its points to heart never do, though.

« G R A N D E »
Caring for Your Introvert
We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking, which is why their meetings never last less than six hours.

 

 

joy to the world

And today, we have the blog equivalent of a sitcom/TV series clips show. Here’s a bunch of pictures and some (maybe) educational commentary.

 

Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is one of the fastest-growing organisms in the world, growing as much as 18 inches a day.

 

This fish was totally asleep. It swayed back and forth with the current. Back and forth. Back… and… forth… Zzzzz.

 

Chrysaora fuscescens (commonly known as the Pacific sea nettle or West Coast sea nettle).

 

This shrimp is fraternizing with the enemy!

Or maybe they’re just trading pool room gossip.

 

Seahorses and shrimp.

 

Sea-pony powwow.

 

The introvert hangin’ by its-lonely-pony-self.

 

Phycodurus eques, the Leafy Sea Dragon! It’s definitely one of the coolest things you could see in the ocean. It is native to South Australia and so far, it has not been bred successfully in captivity (not even by smart-science-genius types).

 

Tiny sea urchin with (relatively) big spines.

 

Brightly colored fish that zipped around the tank.

It paused to look at me for one second and I got this shot.

 

Cassiopea jellyfish that don’t swim around…

…and live upside down. According to Wikipedia: “Sometimes this jellyfish is picked up by the crab Dorippe frascone and carried on its back. The crab uses the jellyfish to defend itself against possible predators.”

 

More blobbular wonderment.

These fun critters are Spotted Jellies (Mastigias papua). They are sold as novelty pets and have a very short lifespan — about four months.

 

Tridacna gigas — the Giant Clam — the largest living bivalve mollusk. Their large shells are used for fountains, sinks, and other decorative applications. They are also harvested for food (delicious) and the aquarium trade.

From Wikipedia: “The largest known T. gigas specimen measured 137 centimetres (54 in). It was discovered around 1817 on the north western coast of Sumatra. The weight of the two shells was 230 kilograms (510 lb). This suggests that the live weight of the animal would have been roughly 250 kilograms (550 lb). Today these shells are on display in a museum in Northern Ireland.”

Another unusually large giant clam was found in 1956 off the Japanese island of Ishigaki. However, it was not examined scientifically before 1984. The shell’s length was 115 cm and the weight of the shells and soft parts was 333 kilograms (730 lb). Scientists estimated the live weight to be around 340 kilograms (750 lb).

Yum. I could make a couple hundred gallons of my famous and well-loved Coronary Clam Chowder if I had one of those babies.

 

“You lookin’ at me? YOU lookin’ AT ME?!”

 

 

Sculpture/installation made from pieces of ocean garbage.

 

 

 

These pictures were taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of my favoritest places to visit, and a place I highly recommend you visit, too. 🙂

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