Ralph McQuarrie - Sci-fi novels cover art details
Coral branches retreating to protect themselves.
The White Sea Bestiary by Alexander Semenov:
Many marine species can’t be photographed underwater for a variety of different reasons. Some animals are too small, some spend their life burrowed in the seafloor, and some live in the dark depths where nobody can dive. At our station, we collect specimens using different methods and as a result are able to make photos and then show a wide range of animals, which we haven’t previously seen in their natural environment. You can see some of them here in this project, and also it contains photos of some more common, yet very beautiful White Sea inhabitants.
Nature, you are drunk.
From my “aliens” tag. I’ve got ten more pages of these, so check em out.
Frank R. Paul
Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix) by Kucharscy
The milk frog is a nocturnal, fairly large frog, with light grey or white banding, patches and points (or light grey with dark brown banding). The belly is also very light grey, with a blue touch at the flancs. Their skin has a very granular or bumpy texture. The feet with their pads are also brown with a blueish sheen. Due to their very large vocal sac the males are capable of producing extremely loud calls.The common name milk frog refers to the poisonous, white, milky secretion that this frog secretes when threatened. (more)
A Hoverfly (Family Syrphidae) and a Cranefly (Family Tipulidae) showcasing their halteres. Halteres are small knobbed structures that were modified from the fly’s back pair of wings. They function like a gryroscope and give the fly stability in flight. When they beat they inform the fly about the rotation of its body allowing the fly to adjust. With their halteres balancing and guiding them flies are able to preform amazing aerial aerobatics. Making them very hard to catch
Some more Space Dandy Alien Designs by Katsuya Terada & Mitchiro Mihara. The Boobie Monster from episode 3, The Phantom Ramen Alien from Episode 2.
what? Terada is doing monster designs in Space Cowboy!
The Featured Creature: Sea Sapphire: the Most Beautiful Animal You’ve Never Heard Of
This is the Sea Sapphire, an absolutely STUNNING marine copepod. Japanese fishermen would call a gathering of these creatures “tama-mizu”, or jeweled water.
Make sure to watch the VIDEO in the article!!
For no reason, this is what I’m hoping all the life under Europa’s crust looks like.
The first thing I said out loud when I scrolled to the anglerfish was just
Gymnosomata, commonly known as Sea Angels. An apt name- the sea angels are the ethereal, translucent, fluttering angels of the sea.
In hard scientific terms, they’re small swimming sea slugs, but we’ll pass over that for now and just admire how delicately beautiful these wonderful creatures are.
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