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Five Fascinating Deep Sea Creatures

One of a series of crab species. Here I've applied the first layer of paint, and the first drawing layer. There is some texture applied to this fellow too.

Infographic on shark finning and the importance of sharks in marine ecosystems - Pew Environment Group

~~Sinuous Silky Shark by Paul Colley | Earth Shots~~

Crinoid fossils. Rock containing crinoid (or sea lily) fossils. These are Scyphocrinus elegans crinoids from the Silurian/Devonian period (about 440-360 million years ago). Crinoids are marine echinoderms that appear as early as the Ordovician period (500 million years ago). These crinoids have stalks by which they would attach themselves to the seabed, capturing food with feathery arms that formed a cup (seen at lower right and upper centre). Thousands of extinct crinoid species have been…

trynottodrown: a few different shark species (full size)

from The Telegraph


Potamotrygon Leopoldi: The Polka Dot Ray is a species of fish in the Potamotrygonidae family. It is endemic to Brazil. Its natural habitat is rivers. It is threatened by habitat loss.

from Aquaviews - SCUBA Blog

Creatures of the Kelp Forest

Kelp forests aren't just a bunch of seaweed -- there's all kinds of marine creatures that depend on them for life.

The bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma), also called the shark ray or mud skate, is a species of ray and the sole member of the family Rhinidae. A rare fish, it is vulnerable to extinction for numerous reasons: fins for soup, bycatch, food, blast fishing, coral bleaching, siltation, and more.

JULIANHECTOR missing quite a few species but actually well laid out and quite informative