The Blackthorn Orphans

the written word * photography * otherness

montereybayaquarium:

Vampire (Squid) Diaries

Fear this? Maybe not. The vampire squid has a scary name but just eats dead stuff. With help from our colleagues at MBARI, we just added a huge, 12-inch “vamp” to our Tentacles exhibit!

The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) is an ancient animal that lives in deep tropical and temperate waters—like the Monterey submarine canyon. Despite its sinister appearance—and its name, which means “vampire squid from hell”—this animal is a scavenger. Look closely to see its thin feeding filament. This sticky tentacle catches “marine snow” that rains down from above: a mixture of poop, dead animal parts and mucus. 

Learn more about Tentacles

(Thanks to staffer Patrick Webster for the great photos)

candidscience:

Christmas in August
Nikon winner Donna Stolz is ready for Christmas — on a microscopic level, at least. This is a collage of mammalian cells, stained to reveal various proteins and organelles and then assembled into a wreath. 
Found on livescience.

candidscience:

Christmas in August

Nikon winner Donna Stolz is ready for Christmas — on a microscopic level, at least. This is a collage of mammalian cells, stained to reveal various proteins and organelles and then assembled into a wreath. 

Found on livescience.

(via mucholderthen)

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Here is a fun object from our Anthropology collection.
© The Field Museum, CSA77106.
Bowl fragment from Cache AI. San Jose IV unslipped lidded. 
Maya Central America Belize [British Honduras] Northern Cayo District San Jose Tzimin Cax ANT68A.
8x10 negative
1928 

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

Here is a fun object from our Anthropology collection.

© The Field Museum, CSA77106.

Bowl fragment from Cache AI. San Jose IV unslipped lidded. 

Maya Central America Belize [British Honduras] Northern Cayo District San Jose Tzimin Cax ANT68A.

8x10 negative

1928 

wetplatenudes:

Ashley Joy
Disco Explosion
08.2012
half plate tintype

wetplatenudes:

Ashley Joy

Disco Explosion

08.2012

half plate tintype

nunziopaci:

Nunzio Paci

The Last Breath Before Sprouting
2013
Pencil, oil, enamel, resins and bitumen on canvas
150 x 200 cm. (59 x 78 3⁄4 inches)

(Source: nunziopaci.it, via actegratuit)