Don’t eat your heart.
Exactly! I keep offering them a FREE introductory seminar on how to be happy and at perfect peace on a budget but they meet my kindness with ignorant scorn.
It is in their indentured labour contracts that they are forbidden to come after sharks in the event of an uprising so I let my lawyers worry about that.
Not pictured: Michael Jackson’s brain.
It is a surprisingly common sight among the vents. You can often spot it huddling near the plumes for warmth or feeding on small crabs.
A sample of the diversity of life living around hydrothermal vents in the Pacific
Starting from the top and going down:
- A forest of of Giant Tube Worms (Riftia pachyptila)
- bordered by a thicket of their smaller cousins, the Jericho Worms (Tevnia Jerichonana).
- In the right top is an enlarged view of a Pompeii Worm (Alvinella pompejana), one of the most heat-tolerant multicellular animals. Pompeii worms, which live in thin-walled tubular dwellings along the sides of hydrothermal vents, can tolerate temperatures up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit.
- To the left is a Pacific Grenadier (Coryphaenoides acrolepis) a common deep-sea fish often found hunting and scavenging near vents.
- To the right is an Eelpout (Thermarces cerberus), the top predator of the vent ecosystem.
- Below the Jericho Worms is a field of Vent Mussels (Bathymodiolus thermophilus) interspersed with several giant, ivory-white Vesticomid Clams (Calyptogena magnifica)
- At the bottom of the picture is a Blue Mat, a field of tiny tubular dwellings— called lorica— secreted by folliculinid ciliates (Folliculinopsis sp.).
- In the middle of the mat is a magnified view of several of these ciliates with their arm-like peristomal feeding lobes extended.
- Crawling around the field of mussels and worms are several Vent Crabs (Bythograea thermydron) along with a Vent Octopus (Vulcanoctopus hydrothermalis), and a Yeti Crab (Kiwa hirsuta).
- In the lower left corner are several Deep-Sea Stauromedusae (Lucernaria janetae). Stauromedusae are jellyfish that permanently attach themselves to a hard substrate using a short stalk.
- Lastly on the bottom right is a Vent Dandelion (Thermopalia taraxaca), a colonial scavenger related to Portuguese Man-o-wars and other siphonophores.
If those stars were truly happy in themselves and who they are, they would connect with the divine within and break all shackles. That’s what ended Communism.
Don’t believe your mom.
This is where you were born.
The jaws of hell!
Gatorland gift shop burns November 6, 2006.
They could read a newspaper once in a while. Don’t tell me they can’t read - I’ve inspected those sweatshops and they are covered in warning signs.
Warning signs and candy. You never hear about that in the liberal media, do you?