Okayyyy. I suppose I can.
Here are a few of my favorite Otis blergenfloofs.
if i was trapped inside a room filled with explosives and the only way out was to eat a whole tomato i would die
today on the bus all the little middle schoolers were talking and one of them was like “can we stop arguing about the bass?” AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM AT THE EXACT SAME TIME SAID “JUST DROP IT” AND STARTED WUBBING IM LAUGHING FOR FIVE HUNDRED YEARs.
This charming little sir is known as a Striped Pyjama Squid—though he seems to be more closely related to cuttlefish than the long-bodied squid most of us are used to seeing.
If you look closely at him (not just in this image—which happens to not belong to me, by the way), you’ll see that he lacks the really distinctly “W” shaped pupils in his eyes, and in motion the lateral frill which assists in his swimming doesn’t seem to be uniformly shaped from the anterior to the posterior. Rather it seems to flare on the posterior end—bringing to mind the cephalic fins of the common squid types.
Also—I don’t know if the Pyjama squid has the same ability as his cuttlefish cousins to closely mimic his environment. Are those specialized skin cells native to these little fellows?
In the end, though, they’re all cephalopods (wonderful, amazing cephalopods!).
For a stunning series entitled Blackwater, Hawaii-based diver and photographer Joshua Lambus takes beautiful photos of luminous aquatic creatures against a perfectly black background that enables us to better appreciate just how incredibly awesome they are.
Lambus says, “Now being underwater I’m inundated with stories, struggles, triumphs. Seeing our fragile ecosystem inch ever closer to the verge of destruction pushes me to continue my work, not only for artistic value, but for a far greater purpose. I hope to tell a story and ask for help for those without a voice.”
Here’s hoping we’ll see some of these enchanting cephalopods in our dreams tonight.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more of Joshua Lambus’ astonishing Blackwater series and then head over to his own website to check out more of his photographic work.