P6160328 by jeffong on Flickr.

P6160328 by jeffong on Flickr.

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Koi by jeaqyay on Flickr.

Koi by jeaqyay on Flickr.

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Scary Attraction - Red-winged Blackbird by Miguel de la Bastide on Flickr.

Scary Attraction - Red-winged Blackbird by Miguel de la Bastide on Flickr.

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realmonstrosities:

Acorn Worms are a class of marine worms that were long thought to be members of the phylum Chordata, alongside all the vertebrates and such oddities as sea squirts and salps.

They’ve since been placed within a phylum of their own called Hemichordata, and the evidence now suggests they’re actually more closely related to echinoderms.

For the longest time all known Acorn Worms lived in burrows in shallow water, where they consumed detritus and went largely unnoticed.

That all changed when we acquired the technology to take a really good look at the bottom of deep sea environments. In turns there’s entire family of Acorn Worms down there! They’re much more colourful and conspicuous than their shallow-water kin, and spend their time crawling around eating the ooze beneath them.

They don’t burrow, but they do use a bubble of mucus to rise up from the seabed and drift on the currents to find new feeding grounds.

That’s why I love the deep sea. It’s a place where worms can fly!

…Images: Moorea Biocode/R. Lutz/David Shale

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Arctic Terns by forbesimages on Flickr.

Arctic Terns by forbesimages on Flickr.

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Sarus Crane by santananavarrette on Flickr.

Sarus Crane by santananavarrette on Flickr.

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A Mothers Protection by David Applebury on Flickr.

A Mothers Protection by David Applebury on Flickr.

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Seal on Gowlland Harbour by CheeseyMush on Flickr.

Seal on Gowlland Harbour by CheeseyMush on Flickr.

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Blissful Sleep by Charles Opper on Flickr.

Blissful Sleep by Charles Opper on Flickr.

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Taking time for a breath of fresh air by David Applebury on Flickr.

Taking time for a breath of fresh air by David Applebury on Flickr.

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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep - Grand Teton by David Applebury on Flickr.

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep - Grand Teton by David Applebury on Flickr.

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untitled by Alexander_Sakes on Flickr.

untitled by Alexander_Sakes on Flickr.

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Common Toads 9Bufo, bufo) Spawning, Bristol, Ian Wade by Disorganised Photographer - Ian Wade - Travel, Wil on Flickr.

Common Toads 9Bufo, bufo) Spawning, Bristol, Ian Wade by Disorganised Photographer - Ian Wade - Travel, Wil on Flickr.

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IMG_6801 by Cristian Polo fotos on Flickr.

IMG_6801 by Cristian Polo fotos on Flickr.

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Kasimir by Cloudtail on Flickr.

Kasimir by Cloudtail on Flickr.

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Zoology fan extraordinaire. I know the blog is called Animalia Chordata, and with that name you might assume this blog only contains chordates, but you should know I'm a huge liar and any animal, topic, or weird gelatinous thing that catches my interest will show up on this blog, notochord or not. If you have any questions or requests, just shoot me a message and I'll see what I can do!
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