(Also on Sb)
25 April 2012 at 9:17 am
Dreamy colors curling my toes with joy.
A. R says
25 April 2012 at 9:30 am
KELP! Thar be cephalopods in that thar kelp forest!
Glen Davidson says
25 April 2012 at 9:41 am
The huge bull kelp with its massive rippling fronds.
And then it’s Kelpos, with a free prize inside every box.
25 April 2012 at 9:43 am
That absolutely looks like it’s on Pandora.
Richard Austin says
25 April 2012 at 10:05 am
Bah, that’s not alien, it’s Californian.
… Er, okay, maybe you have a point.
(I love the kelp beds off the shore here. You can often see masses of it floating a few hundred feet out after storms.)
Markita Lynda—damn climate change! says
25 April 2012 at 10:08 am
Where there’s kelp, there should be sea otters!
steve oberski says
25 April 2012 at 10:23 am
As a long time scuba diver I can say that a lot of what you saw on Avatar was home grown ocean life shown at a different scale, i.e. Christmas Tree Soft Coral.
25 April 2012 at 11:01 am
Beautiful! I always look forward to botanical Wednesday. Way too many people think the world is all about animals. Where would the animals (including squid) be without plants?
25 April 2012 at 11:34 am
Where would the animals (including squid) be without plants?
Antiochus Epiphanes says
25 April 2012 at 12:26 pm
Or other photosynthetic multicellular eukaryotes like kelp.
Not a plant, but at least it’s a bikont.
25 April 2012 at 3:00 pm
“Sponge Bob Square Pants,
Sponge Bob Square Pants,
Spooonge Booooob Square Pants”
25 April 2012 at 7:45 pm
Markita Lynda @6
Oh yes! I live near a huge protected kelp forest in the bay. Sea otters are very, very easy to spot. It’s wonderful fun to sit at a restaurant near the shore and watch them frolicking and eating.
25 April 2012 at 9:49 pm
Alien? Not so much. Pretty sure that’s scene is from Earth!
25 April 2012 at 9:53 pm
.. Unless soemone sent a mission to Europa or the recently discovered “waterworld” exoplanet Kepler-22b. (See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler-22b )
But if so, they’ve sent it very quietly, very quickly and with very good technology!
25 April 2012 at 10:10 pm
@ firefly :
James Cameron’s Pandora from Avatar or Frank Herbert’s Pandora from his novel The Jesus Incident and its sequel The Lazarus Effect with the seas of sentient kelp?
(The latter would actually be a better fit.)
Pretty sure you don’t mean the actual Pandora which is one of Saturn’s smaller moons!
(See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_(moon) )
Plus I’ve just learnt there’s an asteroid 55 Pandora too. Hmm .. didn’t think asteroids and moons were supposed to share names like that!