Photos of Antarctic sea creatures

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Last week, I posted that a team of New Zealand researchers found a slew of interesting species in Antarctic waters. Some of the animals they discovered in the Ross Sea may be entirely new to science. National Geographic has posted a slideshow of the beautiful creatures. Seen here, an Antarctic octopus collected 3,280 feet down. Link

Previously on BB:
• Giant creatures in Antarctic sea Link
• The Deep: The Extraordinary Creates of the Abyss Link


  1. I’m a little perturbed. Is it still REALLY neccesary to take live specimens? I know this one is not ending up in some pedant’s pressed octopus collection, but in light of what stringent standards animal experiments are held to, did they really have to kill this little guy?

  2. I think standards are a little less strict for invertebrates. In college they made the difference clear when collecting and dissecting.

  3. Is it still REALLY necessary to take live specimens?

    The California Academy of Sciences has journals from expeditions to the Galapagos wherein they identify a tortoise as the last of its species then describe how they cooked it and what it tasted like. Ah, science.

  4. Takuan (#7) Unfortunately it is very difficult to train invertebrates to pose symmetrically, so they must suffer for our art.

  5. The tenth picture, of the sea star surrounded by brittle stars, is stunning. It looks like a 16th-century fresco of the night sky.

  6. Mightymouse, ummm yeah, we got baby Cthulhu all right. Which means momma’s gonna be pissed. So sure, sleep well, it may be our last.

  7. I wish I wish I wish they didn’t kill these specimens. I know they are just itching to dissect them, though. If you read the accompanying articles, they stated that as soon as they brought the creatures out of the water, they froze to death. It’s a hard balance between observing in the wild and also wanted to know what their insides look like and how they operate. I’d be happy with just the observations. And I also skipped dissection in high school because it traumatized me.

  8. I sure do love cephalopods, but am I the only one that thinks this looks like a deer tick?

    Specifically, a deer tick swollen with the sweet blood of sea creatures…


    You ran a story about humans killing sea specimens? Antarctica no less? Some cute, fleshy Starfish hanging like Abu Ghraib victims in the hands of some cute but brutal explorers?

    Surely I must have misunderstood the post.

    Evolution might not be geared to accommodate the most killer-prone of species, it may be geared to favor the smarter of species. Those with smarts favor respect.

  10. evolution is the bike with a trillion gears. It isn’t going anywhere, you can’t steer it and killer or smart, you keep peddling like hell while it shifts at random.

    (is there a word for repeatedly sexually assaulting a metaphor?)

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