In correspondence with Dr Allan Connell about the Noordhoek fish (Oarfish? Ribbonfish? Unicornfish?), I received the following photos of some of the extraordinary and very beautiful little creatures that are found in our oceans.
Dr Connell writes:
Also in my fish egg samples, which are collected by pulling a plankton net across the sea surface for 10 minutes, I see some amazing critters, because I use a microscope to pick out the fish eggs from the sample. One of my all-time favourites is a tiny polychaete worm with a bad hair day!! (Polychaete larva 0005 attached).
From squid egg balloons to colour pulsating ctenophores, heteropods, syphonophores and jellyfishes, they all entertain us and help to pass the time of decompression. I have over the years collected a small library of strange marine critters. Attached are a few.
and for other touching wildlife encounters…