chigau (I don't like this eternal 'nym thing, either) says
22 July 2013 at 9:48 pm
(I may have said that on another occasion)
22 July 2013 at 11:07 pm
I imagine little gibbering voices, as they march on devastating everything in their path.
These are some of the ones that multiply beyond their food supply and destroy, amongst others, kelp forests. Humans keep removing their predators, because fashion or food or whatever.
Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :) says
22 July 2013 at 11:23 pm
At least the damn kids will stay off it.
23 July 2013 at 12:34 am
Australian terrestrial equivalent similarly prickly.
23 July 2013 at 2:07 am
Thank Spud. I thought it was just me.
John Morales says
23 July 2013 at 3:50 am
ObDitty: Octopus’s Garden.
23 July 2013 at 5:39 am
That’s very pretty – I’m reminded of a time when I was snorkeling and admiring such a reef and unaware that the tide was going out until I realized that the creatures were getting pretty close to impaling me.
23 July 2013 at 7:50 am
JohnnyCanuck has it right.
On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef a close relative of that metazoan (the “crown of thorns” starfish – which looks very pretty) is busy munching its way through the underpinnings of its ecosystem because humans have provided it with the means of being a top predator.
Pretty to look at, bad news if you are a coral. Please stop substituting pretty pictures for ecological truth.
23 July 2013 at 8:52 am
Once forest*, now lawn.
It’s the Levittown of the sea.
*kelp, that is.
23 July 2013 at 9:51 am
timothya1956@#8: “ecological truth”? WTF is untruthful about this picture? If you click through to the Echinoblog, you’ll see that it’s from an article on “sea urchin barrens”, with bonus allusions to Star Trek.
Which is to say: depiction is not endorsement.
23 July 2013 at 10:48 am
It’s a pretty lawn, but I don’t think I’d like to walk on it barefoot.