Mauricio Handler / Handlerphoto.com “>Cookie Monster sea sponge
A trio of purple sea sponges
fused together form a strong resemblance to Cookie Monster. Photographer Mauricio Handler came across this surprise while on a diving trip to Curacao in the Caribbean.
Axolotl … or Pokemon?
The axolotl is also known as the Mexican salamander, which remains in its larval stage throughout its life. (DanielleB2013 / Flickr)
The deep-ocean sea cucumber (
), or “sea pig,” eats sea floor mud and small animals and microbes that live in the mud. Research by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute suggests
depending on how much food sinks to the sea floor.
Giant spiders on the ocean floor
A giant sea spider (
) and a pom-pom anemone — each about a foot across — were photographed nearly 10,000 feet below the surface of California’s Monterey Bay. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
sucking the juices out of deep-sea anemones.
( 2002 MBARI)
This blob sculpin (
) was photographed off Big Sur. Blob sculpin grow to about 2 feet long and are shaped like large, flabby tadpoles.
researchers have seen groups of them brooding eggs in undersea ridges off Northern California.
weighing more than 4 pounds — dwarfing their finger-length, aquarium-bound counterparts — have caused problems in California’s Lake Tahoe.
(Heather Segale / University of Nevada-Reno)
The snakehead fish, illegal in most U.S. states because of its danger as an invasive predator, is able to live outside water for days. (Ed Wray / Associated Press)
Fangtooth moray eel
The fangtooth moray eel has an elongated jaw and glass-like teeth. (Phillippe Guillame)
The deep-ocean barreleye fish has a transparent dome-like head and tubular eyes that gaze upward as well as forward. (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
Ancient shark-like animal helicoprion
The helicoprion was a giant shark-like animal from roughly 270 million years ago. Fossils show that the helicoprion had up to 150 sharp, serrated teeth that spiraled around each other. The smallest teeth are in the middle of the spiral, which looks a bit
like a buzz saw.(Ray Troll)
Sea slug disposes of its penis
The sea slug
that it sheds after sexual intercourse.