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The Featured Creature: Sea Sapphire: the Most Beautiful Animal You’ve Never Heard Of

This is the Sea Sapphire, an absolutely STUNNING marine copepod. Japanese fishermen would call a gathering of these creatures “tama-mizu”, or jeweled water.

Make sure to watch the VIDEO in the article!!

photos: Stefan Siebert, http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/bluemuseum, CIOERT, .gif from liquidguru vid

I swear I saw these guys in the dawn when I was taking data for my thesis last year. They float near the water surface, blinking out of sight in a steady rhythm, precisely like the gif in this post. But then again, pics or it didn’t happen, so probably it didn’t happen

(via realmonstrosities)

Filed under sapphirina blue copepod sea sapphire tama mizu copepoda crustacea zooplankton plankton

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Coccolithophores are single celled eukaryotic phytoplankton that synthesize intricate exoskeletons from crystals of calcium carbonate.  The functions of these coccoliths are unknown, and may include buoyancy, osmotic regulation, protection from UV light, predation, or mechanical shock.  When nutrient and light conditions are optimal, coccolithophores can form massive plankton blooms that are visible from space.  Large numbers of these organisms can accumulate on the ocean floor forming chalk deposits such as the White Cliffs of Dover

(Source: ina.tmsoc.org, via nyirorokidul)

Filed under coccolithophores plankton GEOMETRIC PERFECTION dodecahedron microscopy sem geometry

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Limacina helicina 3 by Alexander Semenov.
Limacina helicina is a species of pteropod mollusk. ‘Pteropod’ is basically a catch-all term for all kinds of free-swimming, pelagic sea snails, usually ones with modified, wing-like foot. The sea angel Clione limacina has also been referred as a ‘pteropod’. However, its usage as taxonomic term has now become obsolete.

Limacina helicina 3 by Alexander Semenov.

Limacina helicina is a species of pteropod mollusk. ‘Pteropod’ is basically a catch-all term for all kinds of free-swimming, pelagic sea snails, usually ones with modified, wing-like foot. The sea angel Clione limacina has also been referred as a ‘pteropod’. However, its usage as taxonomic term has now become obsolete.

Filed under limacina helicina sea butterfly pteropod pelagic gastropod alexander semenov plankton