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Have You Stumbled Upon Your Sole Mate? Looking To Make It O-Fishal?

 Ah, the age old adage, “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” (ok, “Belinda the Single Fish” might have a less than optimistic look on that semblance, but no one likes a party-pooper). Now, if you’re lucky enough to have happened upon that one perfect little fishy just for you in the whole deep blue, and you’re head-over-heels madly in love and want to make an extravagant, whimsical gesture of romance and spend the rest of your lives swimming side-by-side together, this might just be the perfect way to do just that.… More:

Reefs In Art: Glass Cephalopods. Grab a Straw and Drink This One In

il_570xN.680708285_dewkIn the full-blown frenzy of the holiday season, I was feverishly searching for new Cephalopod-inspired ornaments to adorn our little tree, so obviously an “octopus ornament” google search was in order. That little search got us here – Full Blown Glass – an online shop with a wide gamut of eight-limbed mouth-blown art glass in various shapes, sizes and functions. Get ready to fall madly in love.… More:

The Amorous Pufferfish: Sexiest Fish Alive?

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 11/11/2014 - Programme Name: Life Story - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 5) - Picture Shows: Cameraman Hugh Miller spent weeks designing and building bespoke equipment to capture the extraordinary    landscaping    bPerhaps according to Sir David Attenborough, though I’ve seem some pretty sexy anthias  (have you SEEN a Holanthias fuscipinnis?). But we’re not talking aesthetics this time around, we’re going strictly based on their romance game. At first glance, the unassuming porky pufferfish, with his rotund cheeks, toothy grin and goofy, bulgy eyes wouldn’t strike you as any sort of Rico Suave – in fact you’d probably assume him to be a stuttering, clumsy buffoon in the sack. This is why you shouldn’t make snap judgements! Turns out Mr. Pufferfish has some seriously sultry tricks up his metaphorical sleeve.… More:

Reefs In Art: Exhibition For Octopuses

stream_imgNo, that’s not a typo. This is an accumulation of art put together by Brighton Sea Life Centre with the intent of entertaining and stimulating the ever-curious, brilliant mind of their resident octopuses. … More:

“Baby, It’s Creepier, When you Get Deeper”

 Couldn’t have said it better myself. Check out this flippin’ hilarious video from the folks over at College Humor, giving us a pretty impressive breakdown of what to expect from the deepest, darkest crevices of the sea. The darling spoof on Sebastian’s little number from “The Little Mermaid” is wickedly honest about just how fugly some of those deep-sea species can be. Even their given names don’t try to sugarcoat anything – “hagfish” and “blobfish” – “repulsive freaks”! I can sort of relate to the Hatchetfish, with eyes “translucent and devoid of soul”. Personally, I find all these creatures delightfully fascinating, hideous as they are. Although, “giant spider crabs” sound like something I never want to encounter.
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Terrifying Tentacles From The Deep: Monterey Bay Aquarium Ready For Halloween

 Ok, they’re not all that terrifying (to me, anyway), but they are quite mesmeric creatures. Last night I shared the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s adorably frightful e-cards, and they’re continuing in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve with a “Spooky Cephalopod” series. Displayed with an eerie red glow, the two featured videos thus far have been the Cock-eyed Squid and the Japetella octopus. The Cock-eyed Squid (featured above), of the genus Histioteuthis, is named so appropriately. Their right eye is normal – blue, sunken and appropriately sized. Then take a peak at their left side and there you’ll find a bulbous, tubular greenish-yellow eyeball nearly twice the diameter as the other, bulging from its mantle! Creepy. Scientists believe this discrepancy aids the squid in detecting different forms of light – the larger eye processing faint light from above, while the smaller eye focuses on the bioluminescence of the deep. Next up, the Japatella octopus, is actually a mid-water octopus. The lovely, spherical cephalopod has the neat ability to go from transparent to an opaque orange color thanks to chromatophores. While neither of these species are currently on display, the aquarium still has its “Tentacles” exhibit up and running. It’s near the top of my long list of trips to make before the year is over, perhaps I’ll get lucky and spot one of these fascinating subjects. . More:

Monterey Bay Aquarium Presents Brilliant Spooky Showcase of Marine Life

tumblr_ndk7blzHsr1qm9k25o9_250In perfect classical horror movie fashion, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has put together a wonderfully spooky collection of e-cards starring some of the most frightening creatures of the deep. The Vampire Squid, a predatory tunicate, a viper fish, and a gape-mouthed sponge make an appearance, among others, all dubbed with adorable ghoulish titles.… More:

Whoa There, Daddy! I’m So Happy Humans Don’t Give Birth Like This

 I’m pretty terrified to have just one baby, but HUNDREDS? Take a looksie and this incredible video of a seahorse bursting hundreds of tiny little seahorse babies out of his robust pouch. This video is old news, 2009, but it’s the first time I’ve caught a glimpse of it, so I felt compelled to share in case some of you reef lovers missed it as well. For those of you who have seen it, well, maybe you want to revisit it in all of it’s baby seahorse glory. Props to seahorse dads, those guys are troopers.… More:

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