Weird and wonderful wildlife

by googler@evpl on Wednesday, September 10 2008, 10:47am. Viewed 721 times.

I'm an avid blog reader (you don't want to know how many unread posts I have in my feed reader, but let's just say I don't anticipate ever running out of reading material), and I love running across stuff about this amazing planet we live on.

Recently WebEcoist listed twenty of the world's weirdest endangered species, with great photos and wonderful prose like this:

"The huge, traumatizingly ugly spiny fish with the glowing 'fishing rod' lure you saw in Finding Nemo? That’s the female. The male is that tiny little blob attached to his horrific goddess that you never noticed. He burrows in with his teeth and she 'feeds' him ex-utero style until he eventually loses his eyeballs, then internal organs and finally his life. By then, she’s got his sperm so it doesn’t matter."

And National Geographic posted this a while back, a breathtaking photo gallery of toxic sea slugs, which are some of the most bizarrely beautiful creatures ever found.

Wonders never do cease, do they! (At least not at the rate my feed reader gets them.)

 

 

 


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on Wednesday, September 10 2008, 11:44am

I LOVE hearing about bizzare creatures and learning about them.  What a neat site!I've got to sign up for it!!

on Wednesday, September 10 2008, 12:31pm

Loved the toxic sea slugs!  We have a book on beetles at EVPL -- "An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles" -- that is wonderful in its own right. It's at Oaklyn and Red Bank.