April 4th, 2008

Antarctic sea creature

 In a recent expedition to the Antarctic, scientists discovered a whole bunch of strange, new creature- some incredibly ugly, as shown below, and others quite beautiful, as shown below:

Giant, Unknown Animals Found off Antarctica
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''Glass Tulips,'' Huge Worms Found off Antarctica
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Here is a video link (video include giant sea spiders!):  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/02/080219-spider-video-ap.html

From there, there are more links to more pictures and info on the other creatures they found.
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Tumbleweed of the beach and the olive of the sea

Meet Posidonia oceanica, a true marine flowering plant. It is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and is an important part of near shore ecosystems there. Our European LJ friends may recognize the little ball of dead leaves in the photos as a common scene on the Mediterranean beaches. Wave action rolls the dead sea grass (not really a grass, of course) leaves and other detritus into these forms that litter the beaches. Reminds me of a tribble.

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