The Weeping Stones is a stunning photo series created by Tdub Photo which captured the eerie blue glow emitted by rare bioluminescent shrimp against the sands of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. More commonly referred to as sea fireflies or locally as “umihotaru,” these rare creatures generally live in the sand in shallow water. Although they are only 3 mm in length, they glow extremely bright especially when you group together. To take the photo shown below, the creative duo Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione from Tdub Photo have to create some special bait and fish them out. When the shrimp were caught, they were placed on rocks close to the shore so they can quickly return to the water when the photos were taken. If you are interested to take such photo and also have access to such bioluminescent shrimp, here is the tutorial Tdub Photo made to tell you how they created “The Weeping Stones”, along with instructions on how to safely capture and return the sea fireflies in their natural habitat.
Our favourite marine photograph Alexander Semenov continues his exploration in Arctic Circle with his divers team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station. From giant jellyfish to the tiniest of unknown sea worms, the photographer captures almost all of the creatures you see here out in the wild, without the convenience of a laboratory or studio.
Sea Slug is a common name which is applied to some marine invertebrates that more or less resemble terrestrial slugs. There are many amazing-looking creatures in this group, such as the sea bunny and leaf sheep we mentioned before. The blue dragon or glaucus atlanticus, in this post, one of the weirdest and most wonderful little-known animals in the world. You might connect it with the image of dragon in myth, however, it is much smaller than its fictional brethren of lore (only about an inch or two in length).
Slugs, these slimy and squidgy creatures who leave trails of ick wherever they wander probably will never be connected with cuteness. However, the sea slugs in this post might change your mind. This fluffy-looking creature looked like a different, more commonly-thought-of-as-cute animal – bunny. Its academic name is called “Jorunna parva”, a species of sea slug. Measuring up to a petite 2 centimeters long (0.79 inches), this slug looks quite like a bunny with pointy ears and a fuzzy tail. No wonder its nickname is called “sea bunny”. J. parva is native to the Indian Ocean, where it’s commonly found along the ocean floor. Its black pointy ears are actually rhinophores, which it uses to taste and smell chemicals as it wriggles along in the water. Let’s enjoy some cute photos of this amazing creature, don’t forget to check the video at the bottom to watch these oddly cute sea slugs in action.