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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ugly = Fascinating.

Courtesy of Breda, I find Ugly Overload.

I had to go back, following each link, watching each video....

I have to link this site. It's too amazing.

Think of what an amazing world this is, beyond what we know and think of. Species are like names. After a while, we get used to the Matts, Chrises, Johns, Marys, Jameses, Lisas, Davids, etc, and we get to where names like Ausanat and Adirake sound strange and bizarre to us. Even "wrong."

But it's something we haven't encountered before, and nothing more.

Unsurprisingly, most of the best finds are from deep under the ocean, which is the last place which we haven't really explored thoroughly. To me, beauty is as beauty does. Creatures that live 1000m under the surface, have enhanced abilities to pull oxygen out of the water, have iridescent countermeasures to stop attacks, and go mostly undetected are pretty damn cool, in my book.

And how could this be considered "ugly"?

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At Wednesday, June 18, 2008 6:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why I love biology so much. Start digging and the hole goes ALL the way down... it just keeps getting cooler and cooler the more you understand about *why* some of these things come about. (If you remember my post about the stab-raping bedbugs, apparently there's a related species that changes genders to avoid being stab-raped...)

Also, funny you should post a picture of that particular animal... it's part of Stingray's ongoing tattoo project, along with a number of other deep-sea fauna.

At Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:14:00 AM, Blogger DW said...

And how could this be considered "ugly"?

If it's about to eat you?


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