#Repost @noaasanctuaries ・・・ This beautiful ctenophore was seen in the water column by the @noaaoceanexploration crew while they explored the Vailulu'u seamount in National Marine Sanctuary of #AmericanSamoa . Rows of cilia moving in waves refract light to create rainbow-like patterns as the animal moves through the water. This leg of the Okeanos Explorer expedition in and around National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa has concluded, but we'll continue bringing you photos and videos from the expedition through next week! Follow us here for more amazing views of deep-sea wildlife.
This is Lurker, a captive-bred Australian tarantula. These spiders have many names, and are often known as #Whistling or #Barking #spiders because they make a hissing noise when threatened, called stridulation. They also rear up to expose their #fangs and the red patch around them, in an intimidating display. It also helps them bite with their downward-pointing fangs.
Lurker is an example of the good work being done by Minibeast Wildlife. Breeding tarantulas in captivity combats the wild-harvest pet trade, which threatens the numbers of these slow-growing, long-lived spiders in the #wild .