24.5.15

Deep Sea Creatures




The Pacific barreleye fish is one the weirdest creatures lurking deep in the ocean. Named after its eyes that are literally shaped like barrels, the species' most unique trait is the completely transparent head.

Pretty much everything about the venomous lionfish—its red-and-white zebra stripes, long, showy pectoral fins, and generally cantankerous demeanor—says, "Don't touch!" The venom of the lionfish, delivered via an array of up to 18 needle-like dorsal fins, is purely defensive. It relies on camouflage and lightning-fast reflexes to capture prey, mainly fish and shrimp. A sting from a lionfish is extremely painful to humans and can cause nausea and breathing difficulties, but is rarely fatal. Lionfish, also called turkey fish, dragon fish and scorpion fish, are native to the reefs and rocky crevices of the Indo-Pacific, although they've found their way to warm ocean habitats worldwide.
Hawaii based photographer Joshua Lambus explores the mysterious creatures that live under the sea. In his latest project called Blackwater, he is able to capture stunning glowing shots of many of the marvelous species that inhabit the sea.

Koran Angelfish or Pomacanthus semicirculatus belong to the family Pomacanthidae. This species is endemic to the Indo-Pacific and the Rea Sea as far east as Samoa. Their geographical range stretches fromJapan down the entire east coast of Africa to Western Australia and New South Wales. These are marine reef fish, occupying depths from 3-100 feet. 
Anglerfishes are fish that are members of the teleost order Lophiiformes. They are bony fish named for their characteristic mode of predation, in which a fleshy growth from the fish's head (the esca or illicium) acts as a lure. Anglerfish are also notable for extreme sexual dimorphism seen in the suborder Ceratioidei, and sexual parasitism of male anglerfish. In these species, males may be several orders of magnitude smaller than females. Anglerfish occur worldwide. Some are pelagic, while others are benthic; some live in the deep sea (e.g., Ceratiidae) while others on thecontinental shelf (e.g., the frogfishes Antennariidae and the monkfish/goosefish Lophiidae). Pelagic forms are most laterally compressed, whereas the benthic forms are often extremely dorsoventrally compressed (depressed), often with large upward-pointing mouths.
The 'smooch' fish, a recently discovered creature in the deepest part of the deepest part of the ocean (deep squared!) and can now be seen in a fantastic book called The Deep—The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss
The researchers investigated how the vision of deep-sea shrimps exhibiting both light-emitting organs and secretory luminescence differ from those with just secretory bioluminescence.
In the deep sea, the only forms of light are bioluminescence and dim sunlight from the surface, most commonly peaking in the blue spectrum. Therefore, most deep-sea species have one photopigment that is sensitive to blue-green light. They found deep-sea shrimps with both secretory and photophore bioluminescence have two photopigments making them sensitive to both blue-green and near-ultraviolent (near-UV) light. 

22.5.15

Pope Francis' 2015 in the Philippines




Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. 

Filipinos raise their image of the Santo Nino (Holy Child) during the final papal mass of Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. 


Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
Filipinos raise their image of the Santo Nino (Holy Child) during the final papal mass of Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering to hear a Mass conducted by Pope Francis at Luneta Park in Manila January 18, 2015, in this photo provided by the Philippine Air Force. Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. 
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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
Filipinos raise their image of the Santo Nino (Holy Child) during the final papal mass of Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering to hear a Mass conducted by Pope Francis at Luneta Park in Manila January 18, 2015, in this photo provided by the Philippine Air Force. Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. REUTERS/Philippine Air Force/Handout via Reuters ...
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An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering to hear a Mass conducted by Pope Francis at Luneta Park in Manila January 18, 2015, in this photo provided by the Philippine Air Force. Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. REUTERS/Philippine Air Force/Handout via Reuters ...


Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
Filipinos raise their image of the Santo Nino (Holy Child) during the final papal mass of Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)
An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering to hear a Mass conducted by Pope Francis at Luneta Park in Manila January 18, 2015, in this photo provided by the Philippine Air Force. Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. REUTERS/Philippine Air Force/Handout via Reuters ...
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An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering to hear a Mass conducted by Pope Francis at Luneta Park in Manila January 18, 2015, in this photo provided by the Philippine Air Force. Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. REUTERS/Philippine Air Force/Handout via Reuters ...
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An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering to hear a Mass conducted by Pope Francis at Luneta Park in Manila January 18, 2015, in this photo provided by the Philippine Air Force. Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. REUTERS/Philippine Air Force/Handout via Reuters ...

Pope Francis greets worshippers as he arrives to celebrate the mass




Catholic faithful attend an open-air Mass which will be led by Pope Francis at Rizal Park in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)


Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute. (AP Photo/Ron Soliman)

22.4.15

Countries


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