say hello to the fishies!
don't tap the glass tho
aka my favorite sea creatures bc i'm very normal ^^
tbh there's only two reasons they're on the list at all. first because my brain still struggles
to register them as sharks. like that's not jaws that's just a spicy fish. second i love these
guys so much. in particular i love watching them swim, it's just so satisfying and graceful!
i'm always glad when i go to an aquarium and i see one of these guys!
i'm even happier when i get to see one of these. i don't care that they're stingy boys they're
just so cute! i had a plush of a spotted one of these when i was a kid, that's how cute they are.
some of you might have seen the above pic and been like "sNAKES!? IN THE OCEAN!? fuck that!"
and listen, you may have a point with this one because it's actually very venomous (though the snake
itself is not aggressive). but for one thing, most animals dont fuck with you if you don't fuck with
them. and for another, look at how cool it looks. to me it looks like a tiny dragon. i actually still
have a plush of one of these that i bring out for halloween sometimes lol
much like the seahorse, which is in the same family as this guy, it is a useless fuck that is
incredibly bad at staying alive. however, consider this: this creature, also, looks very cool
and magical. did not have a plush of this one but i did have a lil figure of one that i probably
broke from playing with it so much. can u tell where my interest in fish began yet?
we're getting to the real weirdos now. the above picture does not do this lil freaky dude
justice so here is a video that gives you a better idea of how weird these are. everyone's so
fixated on all the creechurs in the deep sea that we forget we have a literal shape shifter
living in the shallows. i saw some dwarf cuttlefish when i went to monterey bay and it blew
my fuckin mind seeing them change color like that. these dudes were having a rave on their skin.
i promise you that is not a pile of weird rocks but a creature. i had kind of an obession
with these things, though not because of spongebob. i had a vhs (i'm 200 yrs old) of a
national geographic documentary about all the things living in coral reefs, including these
things. in particular i remember watching sea turtles chow down on these and wishing i could
do the same because it looked oddly good. baby's first forbidden snack i guess. also, the
only reason these aren't further down is due to spongebob normalizing them.
honestly a very underrated creature. though it may look like a jelly, it is actually a
siphonophore, which is way weirder and cooler. it basically means that it's a bunch of
microscopic creatures that, through i guess some kind of hivemind, all link up and form a
shape that we know as the man o war. i like the way their stingers look, they kinda remind
me of those bead strands they have at craft stores.
this pic was literally taken at the same exhibit i saw them at when i went to monterey. i
may have seen this crab with my own eyes. if so omg hi bestie!!! anyway, these boys get to
be as big as a small car so i think their place on the list is self-explanitory. you can
see some live crab reactions over on my links page ;)
now this may look like an ordinary pill bug/rollie pollie to you, but i swear this thing
is the size of an american football. at monterey they had a station where you can pet them.
first of all the water they were in was freezing, and second of all they had the texture of
extremely coarse sandpaper. i have a lil keychain of one of these as well
there are weirder things than a too-long squid in the deep ocean of course, but of all the
deep ocean freaks this one is my favorite. look at him he's t-posing. fun fact: my mom and
i have a drink we named after him. 1oz. lime juice, 2oz. honey (preferably the fancy farmers
market kind), ~4-6 fresh basil leaves, stir over ice, top with club soda, garnish with a stem
of basil. of course it is non-alchoholic, which made the name even more clever at the time
because at the time the only recorded bigfins were all juvenilles. that recently changed
though! scientific progress, you love to see it!