Dorset Wildlife Trust discovered a species of starfish Kimmeridge that has never been recorded there before. The small cushion starfish (Asterina phylactica) was found by a group of volunteers in rockpools during one of the lowest tides of the year.
Does this octopus look familiar? The “flapjack octopus” is a rarely observed, deep-sea species, but you may know it better as the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it’s on exhibit now in our Tentacles special exhibition, which opened this morning for members, and tomorrow (April 12) for the general public!
These images show the flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.) in the wild, and in on exhibit. We use a red light to display this species. Since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it’s in the darkness of the deep sea, its natural environment.
Very little is known about the life history of these animals. They’re one of the cirrate octopuses – a tiny group within the overall family. We may yet discover more species in this group—with the help of MBARI. They’re helping us learn about many deep-sea species, through video observation and occasionally collecting individuals. One of the flapjack octopuses even laid eggs in our behind-the-scenes holding area. That first batch didn’t mature, but we’ll try again if any other individuals reproduce.
Fun Fact: Shark teeth worn as jewelry dates back to pre-Renaissance times, when a well known philosopher claimed these shiny triangular objects simply fell from the sky during lunar eclipses. Many believed they offered a remedy for poisons and toxins, so noblemen and royalty wore them as pendants or kept them in their pockets as good luck charms. Fast Forward: Of course we’ve got a more realistic understanding of their origins today, but as designers from Deszo to Givenchy have proven, there’s still something a bit magical about wearing them! This week, we sank our teeth into the trend (and added a sparkly touch…natch) with these gilded, glittering studs.
To create: Use a paintbrush to coat the bottom half of the shark tooth with a thin layer of modge podge. Sprinkle black glitter to the applied area on the shark tooth and let dry completely. Coat the top half of the tooth with mod podge and apply gold leaf foil accordingly to cover your surface, pressing around the edges. Seal the entire tooth with a layer of mod podge. Once dry, adhere an earring post with a dab of glue.
here in the bay area, a cowl is a year-round must-have … layering is essential, especially in the city. why not treat yo self to a chunky cowl like this blanket-soft grey one and be as prepared as possible? i know i’d love to rock this bad boy.