This is surely the weirdest sea cucumber in the world!
Pelagothuria natatrix is, as far as anyone knows, the world’s only fully pelagic echinoderm. That means they spend their entire lives swimming through the sea and need never descend to the sea floor.
They live in the deep sea and get around by pulsing their umbrella, much like a jellyfish.
In the middle of the umbrella is their mouth, facing straight upward, and surrounded by oral tentacles that capture food from the water.
The body meanwhile simply dangles beneath.
The entire internet has almost ZERO photos of this thing! Someone needs to start a petition…
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?
(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))
Plz bring back art nouveau design in everything *_*
*I like it when people just make up entire cultural sensibilities
Photograph by Steven Klein; styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine August 2014.
Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonina. He was the director of the Warsaw Zoo before the outbreak of World War II and additionally superintendent of the city’s public parks during the Nazi occupation. He and his wife Antonina and their son Ryszard used their personal villa and the zoo itself to shelter hundreds of displaced Jews.
Marine Biology, University of Western Australia
English, University of Calgary
Lives of the Great Suicides