The pistol shrimp takes us on a journey to the surface of the Sun

Thursday, 30 May, 2013

Not to be overshadowed by the singular marine life residing in some Indonesian waters, the pistol shrimp, despite its diminutive status, is nonetheless one of the loudest creatures residing in the world’s oceans.

The tiny alpheidae earns this distinction as a result of the snapping sound generated when it swings its oversize claw, an action that also, for a fraction of a second, produces a burst of heat that reaches temperatures approaching 4,700 °Celsius… that’s almost as hot as the Sun’s surface.

Via Digg Videos.

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Stranger than we can imagine, life on Lembeh Island’s sea floor

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013

A stretch of ocean between the central Indonesian island Sulawesi, and Lembeh Island, immediately to its east, is home to a colourful, and definitely unique, array of marine creatures.

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