Tag Archive: sea creatures

Jan 19

Into the Abyss Part 3: A Monstrous Miscellany

Welcome to the final article of Deep Sea Week. To round off this celebration of the weird, wild and wacky denizens of the deep, it’s time for a monstrous miscellany – a look at some of the animals cut from previous articles that were just too downright extraordinary and intriguing to ignore. Blobfish The infamous …

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Jan 17

Into the Abyss Part 2: Deep-Sea Monsters

‘I cannot think of the deep sea without shuddering at the nameless things that may at this very moment be crawling and floundering on its slimy bed.’ So wrote H. P. Lovecraft, American horror author who created the infamous Cthulhu and other monstrous creatures. And if he had ventured to the ocean abyss, he wouldn’t …

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Sep 27

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Immortal Jellyfish

The key to eternal life has, quite possibly, been found – by a tiny gelatinous jellyfish. A transparent brainless blob seems an unlikely candidate to have made such a revolutionary discovery, but it has an amazing ability: it can start its life anew. The immortal jellyfish, as it is called, can reboot its very existence …

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Aug 20

Animal Relationships: The Goby and the Shrimp

It has all the hallmarks of a successful sitcom: a busy, near-sighted, workaholic landlord and a lazy tenant who is forced to help out, often begrudgingly, to earn his keep. Except this sitcom takes place beneath the sea and involves animals instead of people – namely a type of small fish called a goby and …

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Aug 20

Animal Record Holders: Smartest Invertebrate

In 2008, staff at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, were faced with a puzzling enigma. A lamp in the aquarium kept mysteriously going off, shorting the electricity supply in the entire building and threatening the lives of the other animals when water pumps stopped working. It took the staff three nights, sleeping on …

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Aug 18

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Hagfish

There are many foul and unpleasant animals in the ocean: starfish that voluntarily sick up their stomachs; sea cucumbers that release some of their internal organs through their anus to confuse predators; and parasitic barnacles that effectively castrate the crabs that they infest. But the creature that has been dubbed the ‘most disgusting of all …

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