Welcome to Wacky Wednesday!…or Weird Wednesday..or hang-in-there-the-week-is-almost-over Wednesday.
The post today is going to be on the Turritopsis nutricula. This tiny jellyfish-like hydrozoa, like other jellies goes through life staged via metamorphosis: the adults produce larvae who settle into polyps. The polyps bud off into new jellies who then grow into the sexually mature adults. The wacky Wednesday feature? The Turritopsis nutricula has the ability to grow into an adult, mate, then revert back into the immature polyp stage if conditions become unfavorable. When conditions improve, the jelly is able to mature again. The process between metamorphosis and reverse metamorphosis appears to have the ability to continue indefinitely making the Turritopsis nutricula immortal!
Edit: Sooooo… two of us were looking up Immortal Jellyfish pictures and stumbled across this wonderful thing:
Check out that signature. Hosler. Might not mean much to some of you folks out there, but two a number of us that run this blog, the name Hosler makes us really excited. You see, he’s a professor at the college we attended (or attend) and he does wonderfully awesome comics. You should check out his blog. In fact, he’ll definitely be featured at some point on Art Feature Fridays.
More Jay Hosler. His comics keep cropping up in my Google searches and I occasionally stumble across them on Tumblr. I cannot explain how excited I get…
It has been said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we understand about our oceans. I bring up this cliché factoid because what I find so fascinating and maybe ironic about sea life is just how “alien” it is from how the land-bound critters do their day-to-day business. And I do mean business…
Welcome to Mating Mondays! Basically from an internet search that turned into a full-blown evening lost wiki-bouncing I figured out that there are a lot of sea critters that do “it” differently. Today’s profile is of the Angler Fish because quite frankly it might not get much weirder than this. A quick breakdown goes something like this.
Male Angler is born, only a tenth the size of the female
Male comes to maturity and BAM his digestive system stops working!
Now he searches out a female as quickly as possible
Upon finding the female he bites, yes BITES, into her and latches on.
An enzyme is release that melts their skin fusing his mouth to where he bit the female
That same enzyme goes to work breaking down his internal organs until really all that’s life is a…
Set of new gonads for the female which she can then use to reproduce.
Yes more than one male can attach to a female, about up to six.
So, that’s the strange bizarre mating habits of the Angler fish wrapped up in a quick late-night summary. I promise I’ll be more prepared and wittier sooner but until then- you have to admit the Angler fish truly is king of the Clingy Relationship. Unless one of our female readers has her male counterpart chemically fused to her, because I would not mind going off topic and hearing about that.
Up next week: Flat Worm Penis Fencing! (No, seriously…)
The pure fact that this doesn’t even need a title or a description or anything speaks volumes. I mean look at the number of notes this has. There are so few people who don’t recognize it. And the song itself just gives you chills. It’s so magical.
this makes me cry.
i cry everytime
At first I thought “Hmm… what’s this? I hope it’s not a troll post…”
I am leaving this up so that I can argue this tomorrow. New studies have shown that octopuses can actually hear, but that we had been measuring their responses wrong. I’ll find the links to the studies when I can brain again.
Obsession with cephs and other marine life. Pirasah really rubbed off on me and so now I can babble about all sorts of sea critters. Got paid for it last night. Going to be helping run a blog on it starting Sunday called Marine Scribbles.
Harry Potter- Tell about a scar on your body. Ron Weasley- Something you’re afraid of. Hermione Granger- A subject you know a lot about. Draco Malfoy- Closest green item to you. Severus Snape- Your favorite Alcoholic beverage. Rubeus Hagrid- Your favorite animal. Luna Lovegood- Something about you other people find weird. Neville Longbottom- Your favorite flower. Nymphodora Tonks- Something you would change about your appearance. Fred and George Weasley- The last prank you pulled on someone, or someone pulled on you. Voldemort- If you were to make a Horcrux, it would be… Moaning Myrtle- The last thing to make you cry. Sirius Black- Have you ever taken the blame for something you didn’t do? Dobby- What is your most loved article of clothing? Peeves the Poltergeist- What is the best/funniest insult you’ve used/heard? Sybill Trelawney- When was the last time you experienced Deja Vu? Filius Flitwick- What is your favorite spell from the Harry Potter series? Lily Potter- Is there anyone you love so much you would die for? Arthur Weasley- What piece of “Muggle” technology fascinates you most? Mundungus Fletcher- Have you ever stolen anything? Viktor Krum- If you were a Quidditch player, what position would you play? Fleur Delacour- What physical attribute do you like most about yourself? Hedwig- What was your all-time favorite pet, or, if you’ve never had one, your all-time favorite birthday gift. Albus Dumbledore- What is your proudest accomplishment?