COOL IMAGES: 100-Some Creatures Under the Sea

Science  21 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5478, pp. 355a
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5478.355a

This deep sea-dwelling mushroom soft coral (Anthomastus ritteri) can close up to look like a mushroom, or unravel its frilly tentacles and wield stinging cells to catch zooplankton passing by. That's one of the tidbits to be gleaned from the Living Species List, a pop-up gallery with great photos of over 100 ocean inhabitants—from strands of bull kelp to glowing blue jellyfish, a giant octopus, and humpback whales. The pics are part of the E-Quarium at Monterey Bay Aquarium, a wildly popular site packed with information about California marine life and habitats. Features such as a Web cam trained on the aquarium's penguins and a video clip of an octopus skittering across the sea floor come about as close as an Internet tour can to actually being there.

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