11 February 2013 at 7:33 pm
And Death stares back. Do not expect pity.
11 February 2013 at 7:52 pm
Hah! That thing’s no more real than the face on Mars! Poke it with your finger and you’ll see! It’s just a weedy roc………………………….
11 February 2013 at 8:22 pm
Clearly a mimic octopus!
Dick the Damned says
11 February 2013 at 8:51 pm
Blehhhhhhhh! It’s only Jebus, again.
11 February 2013 at 8:52 pm
Blehhhhhhhh! It’s only Jebus, yet again.
11 February 2013 at 8:59 pm
Poke it with your finger
Intimidating as that mug is, I wouldn’t worry much about giving it a poke. Stepping on one is what’ll far more likely make you rather dead. Venomous dorsal spines with a really potent neurotoxin. Anyone want to guess which Southern hemisphere, kangaroo-ridden, full of critters that’ll kill you country/continent has lots of ‘em?
But what do I know? I thought it was a Wobbegong at first.
11 February 2013 at 10:38 pm
From the wikipedia entry on Synanceia:
“I got spiked on the finger by a Stonefish in Australia … never mind a bee sting. … Imagine having each knuckle, then the wrist, elbow and shoulder being hit in turn with a sledgehammer over the course of about an hour. Then about an hour later imagine taking a real kicking to both kidneys for about 45 minutes so that you couldn’t stand or straighten up. I was late 20s, pretty fit physically and this was the tiniest of nicks. Got sensation back in my finger after a few days but had recurrent kidney pains periodically for several years afterwards.” -Stonefish victim 
I don’t recommend poking it with a finger unless you are really sure which way Stoneyface is facing.
And on the southern edge of this place we have much more benign creatures to kill us, such as the blue ringed octopus. And jetskis.
Remember: “Science” rhymes with “compliance!”
You know what doesn’t rhyme with “compliance?”
12 February 2013 at 2:33 am
I got spiked on the finger by a Stonefish in Australia…
Ok, point taken. Holy shit does that sound like it sucks.
12 February 2013 at 6:17 am
Remember, stonefish were intelligently designed by the same loving god that designed the malaria parasite.
12 February 2013 at 7:15 am
12 February 2013 at 8:13 am
This is a nice video for Darwin Day. http://youtu.be/SSFL1Z1rMoE
12 February 2013 at 8:16 am
Beautiful, in an ugly sort of way!
12 February 2013 at 12:02 pm