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realmonstrosities:

Acoels are perhaps the simplest bilateral animals in the world!

They were initially thought to be flatworms, but molecular research shows their evolutionary roots probably date back to a time before flatworms ever existed.

Even as flatworms they were always quite strange. They have no gut, no kidney-like organs to help excrete waste and no gonads. The cells they use to create eggs and sperm are simply littered about in their internal tissue.

Their remarkable lack of organs hasn’t stopped them gaining success. They can be found relaxing on tropical corals, feasting on the bits of food they find on the surface. Some provide homes for brown, green or red algae and gain nourishment from them. Many crawl around between grains of sand on the sea floor.

Most impressively, there are some who live within cracks and channels within Arctic ice, seeking out algae to feed on.

So much for organs.

…Images: Samuel Chow/Stevie Smith/Christopher Laumer

neaq:

ICYMI: Right whale researchers in Maine 
Aphrodite, a N. Atlantic right whale beloved by the Aquarium team, treated the researchers to some acrobatics during their second successful survey on the water back in August. See what else they spotted during their day on the water.

neaq:

ICYMI: Right whale researchers in Maine 

Aphrodite, a N. Atlantic right whale beloved by the Aquarium team, treated the researchers to some acrobatics during their second successful survey on the water back in August. See what else they spotted during their day on the water.

realmonstrosities:

Snake Gourds have two very different sides to their personality.

On the one hand, beautiful little flowers with delicate lacy tendrils!

On the other hand, obscenely curvy fruit that can reach 6 feet long.

Only one of these things is ever used to make didgeridoos.

…Images: douneika/Aathavan jaffna/Bambo./杉山龍彦

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sunshinedorkface:

I have Keratoconus which is a genetic condition that causes the cornea to turn cone shaped. It makes it hard to see, because bright lights form halo effects, obscuring the vision, and making it difficult to read, and in my case, draw. The day before my birthday, I went to a specialist, who gave me three options; Cross linking eye surgery, (which is still considered experimental in the United States, and not covered by insurance) Intact lenses (also not covered by insurance) or complete cornea transplants (Which is covered by insurance, but much riskier than the other two listed). 

Although there is some hope, since the Intacts is currently going through trial runs and studies for it to be approved by most insurances, I will learn by october, if I will be an acceptible participant for the study, and receive the intacts at either a reduced price, or not pay at all.

But, worse case scenerio, I will have to pay $5000-9000 per eye.

I cannot afford that, on my walmart salary. My family is barely skating by with what we have, and we still struggle every month to make ends meet. There is absolutely no way we would be able to pay for this surgery.

And, that really scares me. 

As an artist, and a writer, I depend so much on my eyes. Keratoconus is not curable, and will only worsten, if they go untreated. I NEED this surgery, but I can’t pay for it, with the few hundred bucks I get from putting up with walmart customers.

So, I turn to you, Tumblr. This is very hard for me to do, since I was raised to believe that if someone can work for their money, they very well should, and reserve the free help to the people who truly cannot help themselves. But, if you feel like you can, and want to donate, please feel free to send that money to my Paypal, at maryzolgarcia90@yahoo.com

If you want to help in another way, please spread my Commissioning Info or feel free to commission a piece of artwork from me directly by sending me an ask here, note me at my Dev.artor Email me your information at the same Email stated for my Paypal.

Simply re-blogging this really helps as well.

Thank you for taking your time for reading this out.

I’ll share this before I close the blog because it makes me sad.

burdge:

harry and ginny unwittingly find themselves in muggle london a little too close to halloween

burdge:

harry and ginny unwittingly find themselves in muggle london a little too close to halloween