BoingBoing says this crazy zooming GIF is that of an amphipod. Or well, it starts with an amphipod and then moves into diatom and then reveals the bacterium. Which, well, cool. But also totally gross to imagine all the little invisible critters and germs on any given surface at any given time.
Our oceans hide so many breathtakingly beautiful species that don’t look like they’re from our planet that I sometimes wonder if the aliens have already arrived and just decided to call the deep sea home. Case in point: Just check out this whole bunch of unknown underwater species that were discovered near Puerto Rico…
We share the planet with the most awesome creatures, sometimes so incredibly fantastic that they seem unreal—beautiful alien monsters from our worst nightmares and dreams. Dean Chiang sent in this cool photo of a sea anemone to prove this point. When I go diving I never get tired of looking at them.
British artist Mark Oliver makes his "Litter Bugs" from gears, old eyeglasses, tins, and other things he collects as materials for these pieces. Each one is given life through its display with a common name and a "scientific" name. The one above is the "Curio Bug" or "Coleoptera Peculiar."
The full image is below, but this print is called "the deep, seamonster" and is by Emma SanCartier. The artist has a number of great projects: prints, sculptures, a book. They're amazing.
Next time you do laundry, don't just walk away after you put the load in. You'll miss the monsters. Because if you stare through the looking glass, you'll discover terrifying creatures that look like they come from Guillermo del Toro's imagination trapped inside.
It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades…
When the first explorers returned with the hides of the misnomered Flying Monkey, researchers back home guessed that the colors made for a dazzling mating display. It was only after the xenophotographer Ly Bishop lugged his wide spectrum equipment into the jungles that they realized that the creature's skin let it…
Man, humans are boring. House pets aren't much more interesting. Bugs can get kind of cool but they're disgusting. Disagree with any of that? Well, check out these fantastic animals. They're absolutely incredible. Translucent, colorful, oddly shaped, spiky, wiry, egg-like and completely out of this world even though…
You've seen those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey a zillion times, but do you ever think about the people who actually played them? What about the man inside the ALF suit, or R2D2? Now it's time to meet them.
Sculptor Wood-Splitter-Lee creates furry and feathered beasts that are strikingly unnatural: wolf-stag hybrids, cats covered in butterfly wings, and masked wolves with blue and green fur. But she gives her sculptures such a convincing anatomy and such remarkable animal expressiveness that they seem ready to take a…
Illustrator and concept artist Daryl Toh Liem Zhan is working his way through the alphabet by illustrating at least one monster for each letter. But while some of his monsters come from familiar movies and western urban legends, Zhan pulls from the monstrous myths of the world, drawing creatures from Inuit, South…
If you're looking for a good fright, forget about going to see a horror movie, or wandering through a cemetery in the middle of the night. Just flip on the National Geographic channel and find yourself a good documentary about the horrors lurking under the sea.
What creature lurks in the murky depths of your morning coffee? You'll never know for sure — unless you put it there yourself. Hence the need for Creature Cups, these awesome pieces of dishware in which a three-dimensional octopus hides in the deepest recesses of your beverage.
It's not easy being born a Janus cat, but Frank and Louie outlived them all, earning him a spot in the Guinness World Records. Watch Frank and Louie go!
They say that monsters never call another creature "monster." After a lifetime of being told that one is uncanny, the word becomes tiresome. Why pass the insult along to one's brothers? But the question should really be "why not?"
Enrique Gomez De Molina builds impossible hybrid creatures out of fur and beaks and feathers. They imagine a distant universe where animals are at once avian and mammal, and live side by side with intelligent insect tribes.
Plenty of artists and would-be naturalists are content to observe extraterrestrial beings from a discreet distance — perhaps a few miles away, via hyperzoom. But only artist Alex Ries, aka Abiogenesis, is willing to approach these creatures and paint them.
Cellphone cameras are everywhere. Kids, adults—all armed to the teeth with capable cameras. With so many in so many hands, it's no surprise that a kayaker just captured the best photo ever of an infamous English sea monster using—you see where I'm going with this, yes?—his cellphone.
Even Cthulhu has an inner child. And, apparently, a love of tummy tats. This is one of many dark, weird, and downright silly illustrations by concept artist Shreya Shetty.