Inquiries, Requests, and a Place to Spill Your GutsSubmissions I am Ashley. This is my personal blog. If you want just marine biology, go here. I love the world; I really don't like people. I balance all this animosity towards the human race with being an almost always kind and gentle being to all creatures. I'm highly introverted and nature is my primary escape from people. Creepy-crawly-slimy things are my favorites. Dinosaurs are fantastic. Future marine biologist; presently an amateur entomologist, ichthyologist, artist, biologist, and writer. Literature, video game, and music connoisseur. I'm so full of passion for the world that it hurts. I think a lot, I laugh a lot, I love a lot. Almost none of the photos are mine and only some of the drawings are mine. Listen in.
A bright orange tropical rock crab, Grapsus grapsus, is a conspicuous exception to the rule that most crabs bear cryptic coloration.
Pictured are two copepods from two different places around the globe. The one on the left has noticeably less frills and extra “stuff” attached to it, where the one one the right seems to be covered in fringe. These distinctions are due to viscosity differences in waters of different temperatures. Colder water has a higher viscosity than warmer water, so copepods in cooler waters don’t need as much “stuff” to help keep themselves up high in the water column, whereas copepods in tropical waters need all that fringe to keep from sinking quickly down to the bottom of the ocean.
The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is a colorful marine worm with beautiful, spiraling plumes that resemble a fir tree. These animals are colorful, and can be red, orange, yellow, blue and white. These worms lives on tropical coral reefs throughout the world. The Christmas tree worm’s plumes are used for feeding and respiration. These worms use their plumes to catch plankton and other small particles passing in the water. Cilia then pass the food to the worm’s mouth.