воскресенье, 29 ноября 2015 г.

Scientific photography

Toxic leather sea urchin (Asthenosoma sp.)Red sea endemic sea urchin. Nevertheless this specie is   quite often been photographed it was not properly described scientifically. White bubbles on top of the needle are very toxic.
Sea urchins like covering their bodies with litter like the one on the photo which found a piece of newspaper.

Atomium is located near Brussels and was build for   Brussels World’s Fair in 1958. The model of a crystal of Fe which 165 billon times bigger than the original was one of the main attractions of the Expo 1958. 9 spheres had diameter of 18 m each  are connected with by tubes of 23 m long. Total height of the model is 102 m and the weight is 2400 t.  There are a hotel, cafe-shops and exposition rooms inside.The elevator inside the Atomium is one of the quickest in Europe and brings the visitors to the top in 25 s.
From the very beginning the Brussels authorities had planned to dismantle the Atomium after the Expo but it still exists and became the symbol of BrusselsAnd a place to practice extreme sports.

Zebra-shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
This is quite a big shark, normally about 2,3 m long. Half of this length belongs to the dorsal fin without lower paddle. Only young sharks look like zebras. They are brown above and yellowish below and have long yellow vertical stripes. While the shark grows and reaches the length of 50-90 cm the stripes become wider and bigger and the media between them breaks into small brown spots. Adult shark is yellow with many spots. They the more uniformly distributed the bigger the shark is.
The biology of the zebra-shark is sketchy. The shark regularly has solitaire behavior  but was seen also in groups. More active at nights. Feeds on mollusks and crabs. Looking for food zebra-shark is capable to squirm into crevices and tunnels. Prefers small depth (before 50 m).

The foto I made when diving in Myanmar waters in 2007, december, with a boat from Phuket.

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