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.
Would You Become Something You Eat Most? It sounds like a silly question, but apparently, the brilliant emerald green sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, manages to do that. Although this green little guy does have a lot in common with the green leaves, they are totally different from their nature. And according to some scientist, “There is no way on earth that genes from an alga should work inside an animal cell.” But in fact, it seems like the green sea slug has hijacked enough plant genes to become the first animal who is able to produce chlorophyll just like a plant – rely on sunshine for its nutrition. It still a complete mystery how it manages to do that, but it won’t stop making this little emerald animal a super star – who is known as the only example of functional gene transfer from one multi-cellular species to another. Such an amazing world!
Ocean is full of magic stuff, when people still feel amazed about the adorable sea slug, there is another great finding in ocean: Christmas tree worm – a marine species with the magic beauty. Known to marine biologists as Spirobranchus giganteus, Christmas Tree Worms are species of tube-building polychaete worms belonging to the Serpulidae family. The worms’ most distinct feature are its Christmas tree-shaped twin spirals of plumes used for feeding and respiration. They come in many colours including orange, yellow, blue, and white and, though they are small with an average 3.8cm in span, they are easily spotted due to their shape, beauty, and colour. Here are some beautiful photos of this wonderful marine creature. Now you know how marine world celebrate the Christmas!
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).