This harp sponge may look innocent, but it’s really a carnivorous deep-sea predator

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 21 February 2014

A couple of years ago, some scientists discovered the harp sponge or Chondrocladia lyra at 10,800-11,500 feet underwater off the coast of California. While the creature looks quite benign, thanks to the numerous barbed hooks that cover its branching parts, it is actually quite capable of snaring little crustaceans and digesting them after coating them with a layer of membrane. That’s great. Remind us never to go anywhere near water again, will you?

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The Venus FlyTrap has a doppelganger in the deep sea

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 18 June 2013

If you thought the carnivorous Venus FlyTrap plant was terrifying enough, you haven’t seen its underwater equivalent in the deep sea yet. The Venus Fly Trap anemone, which exists in places like the Gulf of Mexico, like its plant namesake, also traps its prey. It pretty much sits around looking innocuous and waits for prey, […]

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Photos of showercap jellyfish, Ziploc fish and more

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Sunday 23 December 2012

The sea, there’s a little place in our hearts we reserve just for it. Bridging the gap between everyday life and sea creatures is Australian-based photographer Kim Preston’s Plastic Pacific series, where she raises awareness of hazardous plastic waste floating around in the north Pacific, by transforming everyday plastic materials into sea creatures and capturing these as snapshots in the most atmospheric way. The showercap jellyfish and Ziploc fish are just astounding.

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Patterns in Nature: Sea Creatures

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 14 September 2012

The vivid colors you can find under the sea are remarkable, but the patterns you can find in underwater nature are also spectacular. These photos from National Geographic are mesmerizing, and they really put you in the mood to go scuba diving in some tropical place. 

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