Check Out the Seriously Gnarly Creatures at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

by Maddie Stone

Need a pick-me-up on this dreary Friday afternoon?
After checking out some of the nightmare-inducing life forms NOAA’s
deep-sea diving robot discovered at the bottom of the Mariana Trench,
sleep will be the last thing on your mind.

On April 20th, NOAA scientists working on the Okeanos Explorer dispatched their prized Deep Discoverer
robot to scour the floor of the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on the
surface of the Earth. Little is known about the ecology of this
seven-mile crevice—in fact, it’s often said that we know more about the
surface of Mars.

Now, NOAA is revealing the secrets of the Mariana Trench to the voyeurs
of the internet by livestreaming the footage collected on Deep Discoverer’s three cameras. For best effect, we suggest viewing the stream along with these recent audio recordings from the Mariana Trench, which are best described as a cacophonous blend of frenzied screeches and otherworldly moaning…

(read more: Gizmodo)

images: NOAA Ocean Explorer – Marianas Expedition 2016




I introduce to you the wild world of the genus Ceropegia. Distant relatives of milkweeds, these strange vines are native to parts of Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. Though quite varied, the floral morphology functions as a pollinator trap. Lured in by the scent, unsuspecting flies become trapped down inside the flower by downward pointing hairs. After sufficient time to guarantee pollinia have been attached, the hairs wither and the flies are free to fall into the same trap on another plant.


Photo Credits: -Merce- (http://bit.ly/ZykAfg), Martin Heigan (http://bit.ly/1rRlVbR), David Midgley (http://bit.ly/1vCsRcW), Jayesh Patil (http://bit.ly/1oGC2Ef), epiforums (http://bit.ly/1nSTLNX), to.wi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/w-tommerdich/7223411120)

this is how i want to die.

….with a huge fly stuck down your throat, covered in your genetic material?


This just in from the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders: scientists in China have discovered the new record holder for the World’s Longest Insect: a stick insect that measures 62.42 cm (2.04 ft) long. Zhao Li, working with the Insect Museum of West China (IMWC), found the colossal insect in 2014 during a field inspection in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“I was collecting insects on a 1,200-meter-tall mountain in Guangxi’s Liuzhou City on the night of Aug. 16, 2014, when a dark shadow appeared in the distance, which looked like a tree twig,” Zhao recalled. “As I went near, I was shocked to find the huge insect’s legs were as long as its body.”

The record-breaking insect will nbe named Phryganistria chinensis Zhao after its discoverer. Head over to Xinhuanet to learn more.


[via mental_floss and Xinhuanet]