bioephemera

Beautiful hunger

Via 1o9, a timelapse BBC video of hundreds of unbelievably colorful Antarctic invertebrate species swarming and devouring a seal carcass. It’s beautiful but somewhat graphic – be warned, some people may find the giant worms in particular rather skin-crawling. (And I thought I overindulged at Thanksgiving. . . )

Comments

  1. #1 Mike Olson
    November 30, 2009

    Very cool post!

  2. #2 NoAstronomer
    December 1, 2009

    Seal meat again
    Don’t know where
    Don’t know when
    But I know seal meat again
    Some sunny day

  3. #3 Charmaine
    December 3, 2009

    Good illustration, though a bit scary, thx.

  4. #4 Amy
    December 4, 2009

    I loved the starfish and hated the worms. Funny how we are attracted solely by the shapes of things.

  5. #5 Claire Binkley
    December 4, 2009

    I loved the oboe solos and even the clarinet inclusion in the soundtrack of this clip. The aural inclusion is almost as pleasing as the observation of the beauty of scavengers devouring the sea lion.

  6. #6 Dawn Crawford
    December 7, 2009

    So cool – love the circle of life!!!

  7. #7 Patricia
    December 8, 2009

    Amy, it would also be the colours. The starfish were pretty colours and cute with their turned up arm tips. Inspiring.

    The mass of squirminess reminded me a bit of the stuff from the basement in the British, stop-animated series ‘Trapdoor’.