A collection of photographs, illustrations, news and facts of the underwater world.
While it lies still, the tasseled wobbegong ( At least 4 ft long) looks like a seaweed-covered rock, which is exactly its objective.
It is one of a group of flattened, bottom-living sharks that are masters of camouflage. The squashed shape and broad, paired fins are further adaptations to an existence on the ocean floor. This species has a beautiful reticulated pattern of narrow, dark lines against a paler background.
Around its mouth is a fringe of skin flaps that resemble weeds. During the day, it rests unseen under overhangs and ledges on coral reefs. At night, this highly successful ambush predator emerges onto the reef to find a good vantage point from which to snap up passing fish.
There is no escape from the gape of its huge jaws and its needlelike teeth for any fish straying near, as the tasseled wobbegong lunges up and grabs its prey. This species has been reported to bite divers who disturb it. Little is yet known of its biology, and reef destruction and overfishing have reduced its numbers.
Yu, a 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle, swims after receiving her 27th pair of artificial front legs at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan. Yu lost her front legs during a shark attack.
Picture: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images (via Pictures of the day: 12 February 2013 - Telegraph)
Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.
OH MY FRICK THEY’RE NOT REAL.
Second picture, bottom left. That fish looks real concerned.
WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON