5 of the Most Bizarre Underwater Creatures

Three quarters of the world is made up of bodies of water, the depths of which man has not yet fully explored. Living in this huge marine habitat are certainly a great many species that look far from the usual marine creatures people usually see in marine parks or household aquariums. From simply looking weird to having menacing and highly unique features, here are five of the most bizarre underwater creatures discovered so far:

Carnivorous coral

Carnivorous coral

Corals usually get their food from passing elements in the ocean such as phytoplankton and algae. This candelabra-shaped coral is different though. The carnivorous coral traps small crustaceans with hooks and then slowly spreads a membrane over it, which makes it possible to digest what it caught with special chemicals.

Dumbo octopus

This octopus is just like any other octopus for most of its features. What makes it unique is that it has ear-like protrusions or flaps on the sides of its bell-shaped head. They usually live 7,000 meters below the surface, which means these creatures don’t see the sunlight, and they feed on bivalves, snails, and other crustaceans which they find on the seabed. Because of the natural habitat it prefers, it is known as the deepest-dwelling octopus.

Pink see-through fantasia

Pink see-through fantasia

The name may be reminiscent of a sexy piece of clothing or a kind of fabric, but this sea creature is far from the normal idea of “sexy” that people have. The pink see-through fantasia is a sea cucumber which is present in the Celebes Sea, west of the Pacific. Upon looking at it, it has a light pink shade and it looks somewhat like a jellyfish. Inside, there is an intestine-like organ which can clearly be seen through the sea cucumber’s gelatinous body.

Barrel eye fish

Strange is what may first come to mind when you see the barrel-eye fish. It has a cavernous head which houses its globular and crystal ball-like eyes. The clear head makes it possible for the fish to see with a wider range.

Tonguefish

Reminiscent of flounders whose bodies are flat and whose eyes are on the same side of their body, tonguefish are much like them, but longer. They were recently discovered in the deep bottom of the western Pacific and they have even been seen in sulfuric conditions.

With the great size that the oceans have, there are bound to be several bizarre creatures and these five are definitely just a small portion of them!

 

The Basics of Nanotechnology

The word “nanotechnology” can mean different things to different people. Some people, when they hear the word nanotechnology, will think of Hollywood sci-fi flicks, others will think of microscopic robots that clean gums and teeth, and some will conjure images of fab new materials that are stronger than steel, but light as air. It is clear that nanotechnology has captured not just the attention of the scientific community but that of the media and the public as well but what is nanotechnology, really?

What is It?

The Basics of Nanotechnology

In the purest sense of the word, nanotechnology is the science of the very small. It involves things that are measured in units they call “nanometers,” which is about one-billionth of a centimeter. To give you a clearer idea of how small a nanometer is, imagine that if you were to stretch a single meter from NY all the way to LA, each nanometer would still be about the size of one aspirin tablet. It is that small and it is that fascinating.

Where can Nanotechnology be Used?

It might seem super high-tech and futuristic, and some of you might feel that nanotechnology will only be limited to things like robots or international espionage (as depicted in movies) but it can actually be applied to a great number of things such as some of the examples below:

Medicine – The use of nanotechnology in medicine has experts excited because it may just be the answer to cancer along with other treatments that are focused on tumors. Research involving gold nanoparticles has shown a lot of promise and remarkable results. Once the technology and the method of delivery are perfected, nanotechnology can kill tumors without surgical trauma.

Tablets and computers – Do you think nanotechnology is only reserved for the extremely high tech? If you are using a tablet or any other computing device, chances are, you may be using nanotechnology. They are quite common in many computing devices on the market, and you can even find nanotechnology used in the making of those anti-microbial coatings for your gadgets.

Is there a Bad Side?

Just like a lot of other things, nanotechnology has some disadvantages. For instance, “nanosilver” that is used in sports apparel to kill odors is quite dangerous to the environment and can cause birth defects to fish and other marine mammals if it gets into the water once the apparel are discarded by their owners.