Enric Sala and his search for a pristine ocean

Enric Sala’s TED talk illustrates the impact humans have on the coral reefs of the world. What is now overrun with algae and lacks diversity was once a thriving ecosystem with a wide array of fauna. Complex ecosystems evolve over huge spans of time, and remain in a delicate balance. Anthropogenic (human) disturbances including pollution, …

Vent Fauna of the Antartic

Hydrothermal vents, the somewhat alien worlds found deep beneath the Earth’s oceans are home to remarkable creatures. From vent worms 2 meters long (that have blood much like our own) to tiny shrimp that live in a narrow habitat with boiling water on one side and slightly above freezing on the other. Hydrothermal vents are …

Anomala-what? Anomalocaris of course.

Originally found in the Burgess Shale formation (if you are unfamiliar, it’s definitely worth reading about: Burgess Shale Wiki Page), anomalocaris had truly spectacular eyes, with more than 16,000 lenses. It seems only dragonflies have more, an astounding 28,000! Growing to more than a meter in length these “irregular shrimp” were quite fearsome predators. Perhaps …

Wonderland Photography

Using only his kitchen table, some common objects found around the house, and insects that he happens to find, this photographer creates some magical scenes. No digital manipulation present here, and best of all none of the “tiny models” were harmed while shooting. Enjoy! Click the picture to see more on his site.

Best Aquascapes in the world…

Each year aquarium enthusiasts around the world submit images of their personal aquariums with the hopes of having the best aquascape in the world. These tanks require countless hours of effort (and a large budget certainly helps!). Most are in the style of Takashi Amano, the famed cyclist and nature photographer turned aquarist. This year …

A Whale’s Life…

Like most things in the sea, nothing goes to waste. The end of a whale’s life gives rise to entire thriving communities. Click the picture to enjoy this whale’s story… Whale Fall (after life of a whale) from Sharon Shattuck on Vimeo.