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Brand New Species of Deep Sea Worms – The Green Bombers

Exotic Animal Newsflash: Seven brand new species of deep ocean worms were discovered that actually cast green glowing body parts when they’re disturbed or attacked. The team was led by Karen Osborn of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Thought to be used as a defense mechanism to confuse predators, which are unknown as of yet, theĀ  appendages glow green when they’re cast by the worm, and they will actually continue to be “let go” as they’re more and more disturbed. It’s hypothesized that

Decorator Crabs Know All About Local Style

Wow…I just watched a show on Animal Planet this week with Jeff Corwin where he showed us a decorator crab. I had never heard of a Decorator Crab before this week. What they do is grab materials from their surroundings to camouflage themselves. So, they’ll attach seaweed, algae, plants, sponges, etc to the

A Box Jellyfish for a Pet?

My hubby and I watched the movie Seven Pounds with Will Smith a few nights ago, which was fabulous, I might add! In the movie, the main character has a box jellyfish as an exotic pet in a large cylindrical tank! What an amazing creature, which just happens to have the most deadly venom in the animal kingdom! In fact, there have been 5,568 human fatalities due to the box jellyfish recorded since 1954. Extreme care and caution needs to be taken when caring for a pet of this danger level. Also, you cannot store the jellyfish with any other creature in the tank, as [ ... ]

Octopi of the Great Barrier Reef

The Octopus is known to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world. They have 8 legs and no internal or external skeleton! (Isn’t that just the best octopus poster you’ve ever seen?) They are truly amazing creatures that can change color, shape and texture in an instant. Octopi (plural) have the ability to camouflage themselves in any environment. They are able to fit into tiny areas. In fact, large octopi can fit into a quarter-sized tunnel or hole. Unbelievable! Check out this fabulous video taken on the Great Barrier Reef of the octopus’ marvelous adaptations: They have a super short lifespan of 2-3 yrs. I’ve been [ ... ]

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Destroys Great Barrier Reef

You heard me correctly… Yes, it’s beautiful, but deadly! You’re thinking, “How can a starfish destroy the Great Barrier Reef?”, right? A simple explanation – Overpopulation. It feeds on coral polyps and destroys the coral, subsequently, in it’s wake. This video is about the crown-of-thorns starfish eating corals of the world: How? As it moves over the coral, it

Coral is an Animal!

That’s what I said…It’s not a plant or a fungus… It’s a living, breathing animal, and it is precious! In fact, it is often called precious coral when it is red or pink in coloration. The coral that is of red or pink “skeleton” is often used in jewelry making and sculpted art. It is soft and opaque making it ideal to use as beads or cabochon-type settings. In fact, the coral is the word used to describe the color of the coral too… It is mostly made up of