A majestic rare albino whale shark graces the ocean
Sometimes, Nature puts on a show that leaves Man awestruck. And these spectacular displays by two denizens of the deep left all who saw them beguiled by their grace and beauty. Divers were stunned by the sight of a 33ft albino whale shark as it glided through the waters off the coast of Darwin, an island in the Galapagos group. (Full Story)
::eyes all a-glitter:: :D !!!
Damaged Reefs and Dead Fish
Fishing with dynamite doesn’t just kill those fish that can be sold at the market. The explosion also kills hundreds of other fish in the area, which are left dead on the seafloor as bycatch.
Read more about the effects of blast fishing and other field notes from Africa: http://ocean.si.edu/blog/field-notes-east-african-coast
Photo Credit: (c) 2004 Berkley White/Marine Photobank
This baby blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) was one of 7 million eggs released by its mother, and was only a few millimeters long upon hatching. Throughout its ~27-year-long life in the Atlantic Ocean, blue marlins can grow to be 14 feet long, weighing up to 1985 pounds.
Marlins are frequently tangled in tuna nets and rarely live even after being released due to the physical trauma, leading to them being declared “vulnerable” by the IUCN.
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This is wild! It’s just a squirt!! Adult marlins are bloody gigantic - fascinating to think about how they start out this small. All the sadder when these animals get senselessly killed after all those years.
I would have aced biology if the teachers all taught the course like the narrator
LOOL. This is fantastic.
BFFs!!! - Tongue-eating louse (Cymothoa exigua)
This parasite has an innovative way of feeding itself – it replaces the tongue of certain fish species! It enters fish through the gills, and then attaches itself at the base of the fish’s tongue. It extracts blood through the claws on its front, causing the tongue to atrophy from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish’s tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue. Isn’t nature amazing!
(photo: RachaelB - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/17299278)
This parasite is so bizarre. Saw this before but wow, this fish has two of them at once. I’m not sure how his blind dates turn out.
(Photo by David Barrio)
Flasher wrasse (Paracheilinus) are considered the most spectacularly colored of all coral reef fishes. Flasher wrasse derive their common name from the unique courtship behavior of the males – which rise up in the water column and suddenly “flash” electric neon colors while simultaneously erecting their fins to draw the attention of potential mates. Photographing a male in full courtship display is considered a “holy grail” for accomplished underwater photographers. This species is arguably the most stunning of all the flashers (there are 16 known species), and was discovered in April 2006. It is known only from the southern Bird’s Head Seascape, from Raja Ampat to Triton Bay.
This is one motherfrakkingly fabulous fish.
The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. Inhabiting the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, it is rarely seen by humans. Blobfish live at depths between 600–1,200 m (2,000–3,900 ft) where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy.
Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it. Blobfish eat invertebrates like crabs and sea pens. Blobfish can be caught by bottom trawling with nets as bycatch. Such trawling in the waters off Australia may threaten the blobfish in what may be its only habitat.The blobfish is currently facing extinction due to deep-sea fishing or bottom trawling.
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- Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)
- Forceps Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus)
- Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris)
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