Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A cute and curious undersea predator

I don't post much on underwater critters, but I should!  The adaptations of marine fish, corals, invertebrates, and mammals to living underwater are both astounding and foreign to us land dwellers.

I'll start with cute. It's so easy to love this sweet photo of a seal in a kelp forest! Seals, as well as fellow mammals sea lions, grey whales, and sea otters, eat fish and crustaceans living in the kelp, which can grow up to 100 feet (30m) tall!!  It really is a forest, and it both feeds and protects many marine species.

a harbor seal peers out of a kelp forest near San Diego, California
photo: Kyle McBurnie

This was the overall winner of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science 2013 underwater photography contest. The winners in the various individual categories are also lovely - have a look at them here.

And while we are talking about cute and seals...

a baby loggerhead turtle breathes on its way out to sea
photo: Ben Hicks, National Geographic
not something I've ever considered, but I could be convinced!
Anyone else?

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