Need a cool image to enliven your computer desktop? How about this crazy cock-eyed squid?
We’re displaying amazing deep-sea cephalopods like the cock-eyed squid in Tentacles with the help of our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These animals come and go so check here and on our Facebook page for the latest!
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Can’t stop watching this strolling cephalopod? Don’t be fooled by its delicate movement—the mimic octopus can easily scare off potential predators. In a flash, this master of mimicry changes its color and shape to hover like a lethal lionfish or slither like a poisonous sea snake.
Sundew and Fly
Sundews are a genus of carnivorous plants that ensnare their prey with sticky drops of mucilage. Once stuck, the insect will either die of exhaustion or asphyxiation as the glue like substance blocks their breathing holes. The plant is able to release enzymes that dissolve the insect, freeing nutrients which are absorbed and used for growth.
"The Antarctic icefish live in water colder than freezing — 2 degrees below zero Centigrade.
Ocean water doesn’t freeze at this temperature because it’s full of salt. The blood of the icefish is less salty than seawater; instead, it keeps itself from freezing by using ice proteins, sometimes called antifreeze proteins, that attach to ice crystals forming in the blood stream.
Once the ice crystals are coated with antifreeze protein, they can’t stick together, so they don’t grow. The icefish of the Antarctic have used this adaptation to become very successful — making up 95% of the fish biomass around Antarctica.
Photo: Uwe Kils”