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Some of the World’s Coolest Animals Don’t Have Spines

Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates

from 'Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life' by Susan Middleton -| eclectic excerpts delivered to your email every day from editor Richard Vague | www.delanceyplace.com

Red-Eye Medusa Unlike most jellyfish, Polyorchis penicillatus spends most of its time on the ocean bottom during the day. It perches on its tentacles and feeds on animals crawling on the sand.

Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates | Brain Pickings

Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates

Spineless: Susan Middleton’s Mesmerizing Photographs of Marine Invertebrates – Brain Pickings

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White Phantom Crab: Tanaoa distinctus is named after a Polynesian god who was banished to the depths of the ocean.

Frilled Anemone (Sandanemone) (Quelle: Susan Middleton/Knesebeck Verlag)

Photog Susan Middleton explores underwater invertebrates in her book ‘Spineless.’ Normally this creature would be buried up to its, uh, neck.

bioluminescent marine invertebrates - Google Search

bioluminescent marine invertebrates - Google Search

Glossodoris atromarginata - Sea slug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flavelina baibai. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Flabellina babai is a species of sea slug, an aolid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk.

In beeld: de mooiste onderwaterfoto's van 2014 - Planet Earth, Ecologie - Knack.be

British underwater photography competition winners: Winner and highly commended, British and Irish categories: Kirsty Andrews – Fireworks anemone, Loch Duich, Scotland

Flowers+From+the+Rainforest | Amazon Rainforest Jungle Flower, Torch Ginger, Ettlingera elatior

This amazing jungle flower, the Torch Ginger or Ettlingera elatior, was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. It was growing right next to a passiflora granadilla and another unidentified plant with heliconius cateripillars on it.