Strongylocentrotus purpuratus – the California purple sea urchin – normally grows to a diameter of about 4 inches and may live as long as 70 years

The California purple sea urchin apparently shares 7,700 genes with humans. Image Credit: Laura Francis (http://www.sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov/pgallery/pgchannel/living/living_10.html)


Muraena helena is a species of eel commonly found in tropical and subtropical seas

Not the prettiest creature of land or sea I’ve ever seen. According to Wikipedia muraena are common in the Mediterranean and are highly esteemed by the ancient Romans. Image Credit: … Continue reading