zubat:

swiftingthrough:

Ok so I can’t make this post all formal because I need to do this quick because we’re running out of time.

These are Maui Dolphins and they are one the cutest creatures I’ve ever seen. They are only found off the west coast of New zealand’s North Island. They only grow up to 1.7m long. 

Just today I found out there are only 55 of them left in the world and it makes me sad seeing my favourite animal facing extinction. So I need your help to spread the word and sign this petition to help save the last 55. All you need to do is enter your name, email address and the country you live in. It’s not that much, guys! 

Help make a difference

Please sign the petition and spread the word!

(via bottomups)

oceanographic:

Seepferdchen / Sea horse (by Marc Wildenhof)

ftcreature:

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

(via loveyourchaos)

frowntain:

strashnimishka:

Bad taxidermy

WTF IS THAT LAST ONE THO
THAT SHIT IS WHAT NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF

(Source: bone-boiler, via orchestralnature)

rhamphotheca:

Attempted Rescue of an Ocean Sunfish in Florida

Three Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission researchers aid a distressed ocean sunfish that was beached in the shallow waters of the St. Lucie Inlet. It is rare to see such a large (250-300lbs) fish inside the lagoon. The biologists got it into deeper water but its fate is uncertain.

Find out more about where these huge fish live and why it was a rare event in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjNRqhFryRI

Please report sick, injured, orphaned, entangled or dead wildlife by calling the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), texting Tip@MyFWC.com, or calling ‪#‎FWC‬ and *FWC via cell phone.

Raw video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY3vd7nb7oQ
Flickr photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/myfwcmedia/sets/72157640636893105/

(via ichthyologist)

The “Plastisphere:" A new marine ecosystem

Sam Simon Says Kshamenk Is 'Most Abused Orca in the World'

lifeunderthewaves:

Octopus in Hand

I captured this photo of an Octopus in Kauai while diving. As you can see, the dive masters hand is not touching it. He was only stopping its retreat just long enough for a quick shot. I was lucky enough to position myself for this photo with my housed canon SLR digital camera.
Photograph by Danny Bergeron

(via crystallinesea)

lifeunderthewaves:

Undescribed Pelagic Octopus
The whole point of exploration is to find something never before discovered. This is an undescribed octopus photographed at night in the middle of the ocean. Unnamed creatures abound here, following the darkness to the surface at nightfall to feed, only to descend back into the depths by morning.
Photograph by Jeffrey Milisen

captivitykills:

captivitykills:

I’ve posted this a few times now but I feel it’s deserved. 

Iceland disobeys international law and slaughters whales for commercial gain, despite an extreme decline in the market for the meat.

Whilst there are many documentaries showcasing the plight of whales (mainly those in captivity) there aren’t many showing the horrific effects whaling has on wild populations. That’s where this guy comes in. Jonny Zwick has travelled over Iceland filming the world around the Icelandic Whaling ‘industry’ and now wants to employ a qualified editor to allow the project to become the best it can be. 

This is where you come in. Jonny and his team have already raised nearly $9,000 but still require another $4,000 (in 14 days) if the project is to go ahead. Even if you can only donate $1 please do so. This is a worthy cause. Head on over to his kickstarter page and watch his trailer (which is fantastic by the way) and please, please, please, do what you can to help. 

Lets spread the word in any way you can. Reblog, send to friends, post on facebook. But lets not let an informative and possibly life changing documentary slip through the cracks due to lack of funding. 

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER AND DONATE HERE.

So when I left the house this project had 136 backers and now only has 135 which is rather disappointing. Come on guys, there’s only 10 days left and $3,256 to go (only £1983).

(Source: , via trynottodrown)

griseus:

EVOLUTION IN BUBNLE-RAFTING VIOLET SNAIL

A bubble-rafting violet snail feeds on a Portuguese man-of-war in Hawaii.

Scientists have a hipothesis for how the snails’ bottom-dwelling ancestors took to rafting.

They hypothesize that at some point, a female living near the coast may have been briefly carried—along with her egg mass—by waves. This led to temporary periods of rafting. Eventually this ancestor lineage evolved the ability to create bubbles with their mucus and make rafts on purpose.

"Obviously, the ability to add bubbles probably didn’t evolve overnight,"  "It would have been over some period of time, and eventually that lineage became successful at adding many bubbles together to create a float."

The evolutionary transition from bottom-dwelling to bubble-rafting gave snails access to new food sources at the surface, where they are relatively free from competition, Researcher said.

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