Infographic by ReuseThisBag
Leopard Seal tries to teach National Geographic photographer how to hunt.
Oh my god this is so adorable
“I think she thought the camera was my mouth, which is every photographer’s dream”
WARNING: includes a photo of a sort of mangled penguin so if you do not like looking at sort of mangled penguin be advised uwu
Oh my god, this big giant penguin-mauling seal got maternal on a photographer. This is like when your cat gives you “presents” on your doorstep because it thinks you’re a big manchild-cat who needs to learn how to feed yourself.
Except this is a wild animal and it doesn’t even know you you are. What a saint.
At first sight, blue buttons could be mistaken for a small jellyfish or even a piece of blue plastic. In fact, it is a hydrozoan colony that is modified for a free-floating existence. Swarms of these unusual creatures can be seen drifting on the water’s surface or can sometimes be found washed up on the shore. The blue button is kept afloat by a buoyant circular disk. Around the edge hang protective stinging polyps modified as knobbed tentacles. In the center underneath hangs a large feeding polyp that acts as the mouth for the whole colony. In between this and the tentacles are circlets of reproductive polyps. Unlike the Portuguese man-of-war to which it is related, blue buttons do not have a powerful sting.