The Deadly Hidden Predator of the Sea
The bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) might not look dangerous, but this creature is one of the most deadly predators currently hiding in our oceans today. Don’t let the beautiful transluscent rainbow on his abdomen fool you, the only rights he wants are dead. It hunts in pretty much the most nightmarish way imaginable, digging itself into the sea floor, exposing a few inches of its body, which can grow to 10 feet long, and he sits and waits for his victim to swim by.
Using five antennae, the bobbit worm senses passing prey, snapping down on them with supremely muscled mouth parts, called a pharynx. It does this with such speed and strength that it can split a fish in two. And that, quite frankly, would be a merciful exit. If you survive initially, you get to find out what it’s like to be yanked into the worm’s burrow and into untold nightmares.
Bobbit worms can tuck themselves away among coral and decimate an aquarium, picking off fish one by one, which you can imagine is quite confusing for the owner, fish typically don’t just disappear. And they can even take the pros by surprise. When a public aquarium in England was having a problem with mysteriously maimed fish and even corals, they set out bait night after night, which disappeared, hooks and all. Staffers eventually had to dismantle the exhibit, finding a 4-foot bobbit worm named Barry.
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Ran into these young women in Chelsea. They told me they’d just met at a summer programming course called Girls Who Code. “The program tries to close the gender gap in technology,” they told me. “We’ve learned a lot of awesome things. But the best part is that we’ve gotten to meet some really cool female programmers. It’s much less intimidating knowing that there are women in the field who are happy, well-adjusted, and doing awesome things. It’s good to know that programmers aren’t just pale guys who sit alone in their basements.”
I’m working on Graphite drawing of a … uh dog skull? maybe? I’m not sure my step-dad found it. I’m going to probably do a water color as well
I think this is a dog’s skull. The reason that it looks deformed is because it basically is - selective breeding has created an unusual somewhat monstrous skull!
Oh my gosh, this is exactly how I curled my hair when I was little! I was way too much of a wuss to sleep in curlers. Rag rolling is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and isn’t going to damage your hair like a curling iron or hot rollers might. Just make sure of two things - that your hair is damp (not wet!) and that you give it enough time to curl. I usually did it before going to sleep. You wake up with pretty, soft wavy hair. This is also fantastic for little ones!
the eternal redhead