Fish with hypnotizing ability

The red-lipped batfish (Ogcocepphalus darwini) of family Ogcocephalidae is found at the depth range of 3 to 76 meters in the Galapagos Islands.

It is an unusual looking fish with bat like appearance and red colored lipstick on its lips which derives its name darwini from Continue reading

Vamp on fire: The inside out turning vampire

The Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) has been named so because of its dark black skin, the caped appearance of the webbing (skin joining the digits) between the arms and eyes that appear red under some light conditions.

It occurs in temperate and tropical waters of the Pacific, Atlantic … Continue reading

Underwater Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) as the name suggests are Christmas tree-shaped worms belonging to the family Serpulidae. They are widely distributed throughout the world’s tropical oceans, occurring abundantly from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific in relatively shallow waters less than 100 feet deep.

Each worm possesses two … Continue reading

Twin jawed living sculpture

Cusk eels belonging to family Ophidiidae are not technically eels, but rather awesome fishes, that have been named Cusk eel due to their appearance. They are found in temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world, and have been seen at depths up to 27,460 feet, and hence are … Continue reading

Garden plants that belong to animal kingdom

The Garden Eels also known as Hass’s Garden Eels (Puhi in Hawaii) are a group of eels in the Conger family. They are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.

There are many different species of Garden Eels all of … Continue reading

Fright of the bright

The Stinging Rose Caterpillar or the Rose Slug Caterpillar (Parasa indetermina) is an extremely colorful larva of a green and pale brown moth belonging to family Limacodidae. It is found on many familiar woody plants like apple, cottonwood, hickory, dogwood, redbud, Continue reading

Oh fish!

Rattail fish or Grenadier fish is an ugly deep-sea fish of the family Macrouridae found along the ocean bottom 3000 m below the sea level in warm and temperate regions mainly in Arctic Ocean and Antarctic Ocean.

It is a 30 to 60 cm long large-headed fish with a tapered body and … Continue reading

Bloody red sucker of the Caribbean

The Red Serpent Sea Star (Ophioderma squamosissimum) is one of the most beautiful and decorative starfishes. Its snake-like arms and graceful curving movements are its stunning characteristic features and hence the name (Ophio means snake in Latin). It is found in the Caribbean and lives under rocks, in sea-grass beds … Continue reading

Crawling cactus of the sea

Galathea pilosa also known as the squat lobster is a very rare species of Galatheid crabs closely related to porcelain and hermit crabs.

It is found in the shallow waters of French Polynesia. It possesses a flattened body with the tail curled under the … Continue reading

Cheerleader of the ocean: the Pom-Pom Crab

Pom-Pom Crab also known as the Boxer Crab (Lybia edmondsoni) is a species of small crab in the family Xanthidae  which is only found in the Hawaiian Islands in shallow water at the depth of 20 metres under the rocks or among coral debris. Its Hawaiian name is kūmimi pua which means “inedible flower crab”.

The … Continue reading