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Marine Isopod - Bathynomus giganteus
by *david-harris

Analytic studies taken from direct observation, produced as reference sheets for paintings. 

These guys make fairly frequent guest appearances at venues like Tumblr.  They are marine crustaceans that resemble the common woodlouse or pill bug, to which they are related.  But they’re quite a lot bigger.


Natural history of fish (1828) on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Author: Cuvier, Georges, baron, 1769-1832; Valenciennes, M., 1794-1865, joint author
Volume: color plates 9-140
Subject: Fishes
Publisher: Paris, Chez F. G. Levrault
Book contributor: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
Collection: biodiversity; Harvard_University; americana


Examples of marine life (by 1717) attributed to

Attributed to Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717)

Hampel Auctions via Wikimedia


Phycodurus eques

Leafy Sea Dragon

© Genevieve Koberstein 2014


Ichthyological Atlas of the Dutch East Indies published under the auspices of the Dutch colonial government ,;By Bleeker, (Pieter), 1819-1878,ht on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Publication info Amsterdam: Frédéric Muller, EDITEUR 0.1862-1878,gl
BHL Collections:
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University


Cétacés du St-Laurent, Québec
by Daniel Grenier, GREMM, Tadoussac

via Mammifères marins de la Côte-Nord

Histoire naturelle des poissons (1828), Cuvier, Georges, baron, 1769-1832; Valenciennes, M., 1794-1865


Cephalopods of Naples

From an 1896 monograph by Giuseppe Jatta.  The illustrator is Comingio Merculiano (1845- 1915), a professional watercolor painter hired in 1885 by prof. Anton Dohrn as in-house illustrator for the Naples Zoological Station, and one of the best scientific illustrators to date. This book on cephalopods is his masterpiece.

via BibliOdyssey: Neapolitan Cephalopods

Images hosted by the Biodiversity Heritage Library on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution


The finish of my Atlantic Blue Crab life cycle painting. I might fuss around with the type design a bit more, but it’s done for now. [ETA: type changed somewhat.] See the work-in-progress here.


Hey guys, super windy night here in Austin, Tx! Just finally got my internet back in time to upload this to the site! You can get prints of it here on my Society 6 page. Hope you enjoy!

The ancient Nautilus. Probably one of the coolest looking critters to jet around in the sea. I’ve also learned while researching this piece, that the coloration of their shells actually helps in camouflaging them in the open ocean(i.e. Dark on top and light when viewed from below). And when you think about it, it’s a brilliant sort of time-delayed camouflage since it’s always growing?! Nature is so f@#king cool!!!


Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa : consisting chiefly of figures and descriptions of the objects of natural history collected during an expedition into the interior of South Africa, in the years 1834, 1835, and 1836, on Flickr.

By Smith, Andrew,
Cape of Good Hope Association for Exploring Central Africa.
Curtis, Charles M.,
Day & Haghe,
Fall River Public Library,
Ford, G. H.
Great Britain.
Macleay, William Sharp,
Russell E. Train Africana Collection (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries)
Stewart and Murray,
Wagstaff, Charles Edward,
BHL Collections:
MBLWHOI Library, Woods Hole
Smithsonian Libraries


The Butterfly Snail (Limacina helicina) is a species of predatory swimming marine snail. They are a keystone species within Arctic pelagic ecosystems and are currently under serious threat.

They are being impacted by Ocean Acidification, due to pollution the ocean waters are becoming too acidic for survival. The corrosive waters off the West Coast of the U.S are dissolving the shells of these unique creatures and inevitably killing them. The decline of these will have major flow on effects to major marine ecosystems.


GIFs: Deep-Sea Creatures 

Introducing: Amazing creatures that live at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, as captured on this live-stream for the past three weeks. Keep in mind, some of these animals are experiencing bright light for the first time (pic #2, the “wow-what-is-this-thing" fish).  

More GIFs here - you also get to find out what they are.

Brought to you by: Researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer who operated the sub; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who led the expedition; and GIF-extraordinaire Rose.


New Study Finds that Bird Ingestion of Plastic in U.S./Canadian North Pacific Among Highest in the World

ABC Media Release

A new study by U.S. and Canadian scientists has found that seabirds may be eating much more plastic trash than they have in the past, and that seabirds studied off the coast of Washington State and British Columbia are ingesting plastic at rates that are “among the highest” in the world.

The report, soon-to-be published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, was authored by Stephanie Avery-Gomm of the University of British Columbia and five other researchers (see list at end of release). The study was carried out in 2009 – 2010 and involved the analysis of 67 Northern Fulmars that washed up dead on the shores between Long Beach, Washington, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Northern Fulmars, gull-like petrels related to albatrosses and shearwaters, are particularly suitable to study when considering trends in plastic pollution because they forage almost exclusively at sea, have vast ranges and because they will forage almost anything from the surface of the water…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy)      (photo: Andreas Trepte)

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Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea)

…is a species of fulmarine petrel endemic to Antarctica and surrounding islands. Like most Tubinares  the snow petrel feeds at sea for fish, molluscs and small arthropods that are either found near the surface or caught when diving. Snow petrels are solitary birds and live by themselves for a portion of their lives, but during the breeding season they will form large colonies and raise their young. After the breeding season occurs the petrels will remain faithful to each-other for the remainder of their lives.



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