Missing, Pink Link? Photograph courtesy David Shale Creatures like this pink, potentially new species of enteropneust acorn worm may have been the ancestors of the first backboned animals, according to expedition member Monty Priede. The MAR-ECO team captured three likely new species of the primitive worm, each in a different color—pink, purple, and white—and with different body shapes. The creatures will be sent for DNA analysis to see if they are indeed key evolutionary links…
Scientists discover new marine species in the hidden depths of the Atlantic Ocean-Enteropneust from 2,500m Picture: David Shale / www.deepseaimages.co.uk
Cute Yellow Dot Frog. What? There surely aren't any words which quite capture this amount of cuteness. ❤️
Barrel sponge (diver shown for size comparison) near Randy's Gazebo, Little Cayman Island Marine Park
It's Osedax mucofloris, the bone-eating snot-flower worm. (What a great epithet to lob at someone you don't like.) It lives deep down in the ocean and feasts on the bones of dead whales. Talk about your specialized diet.