Mother nature by melaniechamorel An other amazing dive. 20 minutes with this beautiful creature.
Human heart illuminated, blood vessels dendritic in silhouette
through Daily Anatomy
despite its resemblance to the jellyfish, the bluebottle is more closely related to coral. known as a zooid, the bluebottle (or portugese man of war) is a colonial animal composed of many highly specialized and physiologically integrated individual organisms incapable of independent survival.
the blue dragon — a type of nudibranch, here no larger than a thumbnail, with its own potent sting — is able to eat the nematocysts (stinging cells) of the bluebottle without discharging them and internally relocate them to the tips of each one of the fingers you can see in the pictures.
for their part, the violet snails also feed on the bluebottles.
notes matt, “despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle is an amazingly beautiful creature. with strong winds, hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight.”
this allows him to capture the above shots, which he creates with use of a fluorescent tube in his strobe light and a homemade waterproof lens dome.
Indian pipe is an unusual wildflower.
Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) doesn’t have chlorophyll, the stuff that makes plants green. Chlorophyll is necessary for photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to produce energy. Since it lacks chlorophyll for photosynthesis, Indian pipe has no need of sunlight and is able to grow in the darkest areas of the forest.
Many people mistake Indian pipe for a fungus, but it’s actually a perennial flower. However a soil fungus is vital to the plant’s survival. Indian pipe has roots that tap into a mycorrhizal fungus growing in the soil. The fungus forms a connection between the Indian pipe’s roots and nearby tree roots, and transfers some of the energy the trees produce through photosynthesis to the Indian pipe. Without this soil fungus, the Indian pipe plant would not be able to survive.
Photo by C. Hoyer
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