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Monthly Archives: January 2014

‘Predator’ impersonators by trade, these unsettling creatures know all about the element of surprise. Although it may sound like this creature has the gift of the witty gab, the term ‘sarcastic’ actually stems from its derivation of the greek word ‘sarkasmos’ meaning to ‘rend the flesh’. Slightly less humorous to those of us without jack the ripper tendencies (hopefully most of you). The sarcastic fringehead (Neoclinus blanchardi) has a puppet-like appearance when its… Read More

All dressed up and nowhere to go – perhaps this is why the red-lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) looks so unequivocally depressed. These fish may not be winning any Miss Ocean titles any time soon, but this has not deterred them from being a very successful species. Generally found near the Galapagos islands, they fill their days skulking around the ocean floor regretting trying the ‘permanent tint’ range in bright rouge. In some… Read More

Photogenic little critters, aren’t they? Divided into two groups known as ‘spearers’ and ‘smashers’, these bizarre crustaceans sound a bit like two rival gangs in some budget spin-off of West Side Story. This may not be too far from the truth as peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus for anyone who cares) like to keep a bad boy image, sporadically attacking animals up to eight times their size. Whilst ‘spearers’ employ spiny appendages to grab… Read More

(Glaucus atlanticus – Blue Dragon, paulhypnos) I defy any of you to look at this creature and not think it is cool (we’ll skip over the fact that it is actually a sea slug). It looks like a real life pokemon, is generally the size of your thumb yet can deliver a deadly sting. ‘Glaucus atlanticus‘ isn’t a bad geeky name for it either. If you thought the dangerously venomous portuguese man o’… Read More