Top 5 Spookiest Deep Sea Creatures

This week I have the word “deep” to write about.  Just like last month, I will start off March with a top five.  There are a wide variety of strange creatures that dwell deep below the surface of the ocean.  They are all adapted to finding food in the dark depths of the sea, and generally seem a bit spooky.  Without any more delay, let’s jump right into the top five spookiest creatures of the deep ocean.

5.) Fangtooth Anoplogaster Comuta

Its name says it all!  The fangtooth is definitely a creepy fish worthy of the top five.  Its teeth are long and slender, which it uses to help catch its prey when it wanders closer to the surface of the water during nighttime. They are the only creatures in this top five that do not use bioluminescence to catch prey.  Ironically, they are also some of the deepest dwelling fish in the world.  During the day, it stays in the shadows of a 16,000 foot depth to avoid its predators.  This is important seeing as it is only capable of growing just a bit over a half foot long.

4.) Gulper Eel Eurpharynx Pelecanoides

A gulper eel is classifiable by its pelican-like mouth that allows it to swallow food much larger than its size, which is a whopping 6 feet long.  The gulper eel lives as deep as 6,000 feet, where it attracts fish with bioluminescence.

3.) Viperfish Chauliodus Sloani

The top three fish are all very terrifying, and resemble how people might depict a sea monster.  However, I had to choose, and the viperfish came out on the bottom of the close round between the viperfish, and the second place creature.  Even though the viperfish is only 1 foot long, its ferocious appearance makes it look evil.  It has sharp teeth of varying length, which gives it a savage appearance.  The viperfish lives anywhere from 250 to 5000 feet below sea level, though some make it down to 9,000 feet.  Just like the gulper eel, the viperfish uses light to attract prey.

Viperfish Photo Credit: estherase

Viperfish
Photo Credit: estherase

2.) Deep Sea Anglerfish Melanocetus Johnsoni

In a close race with the viperfish, the anglerfish has more of the spooky aspect.  Many people out there know of the anglerfish from the children’s film, Finding Nemo, and I’m amazed that it has come up somehow in two blog posts within a month of each other.  A female anglerfish grows to be about 5 inches, which also happens to be about the size of a clownfish.  Though, in the movie, the anglerfish appeared much larger than Merlin.  The male anglerfish is black, opposed to the female coloring of brown and has a huge mouth, which earned him the title of “Black Devil,” though he is only half the size of the female.

1.) Deep Sea Dragonfish Grammatostomias Flagellibarba

These fish are truly terrifying.  The bizarre look about them really can throw you off.  Though they only grow 4 to 6 inches long, pictures of them could really make you jump.  They live as far down as 5,000 feet and are well adapted to this environment.  They have a controllable light that they can blink, wave, or do anything to attract smaller fish, which they then devour.  To hide themselves after eating a glowing meal, they have a lightproof stomach, to prevent themselves from attracting predators.

All of these fishes are very eerie, but well adapted to their environment.

Fun fact: The difference between plural fishes and plural fish is that fish refers to the same type of fish. Continue reading

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How to get Organized

Jumbled.

Everyone has had that feeling, when it is troublesome to cope with organization.  I know that is common for me.  However, I have found ways to help with this problem.

1.  How to remember to bring something somewhere.

If there is an important paper, or anything that you need to remember to bring, there is a very easy solution.  Put it on top of your shoes, where you eat breakfast, or anywhere that you know you will find it before you run off somewhere.  This can also work for reminders.  Write what you need to remember on a piece of paper or an index card, and place it accordingly.

2.  How to keep track of events.

Get a desk blotter calendar.  This is a giant calendar to put on your desk.  The boxes are huge, so you can write the big events with red ink, so that they stand out from the regular black ink.  This will make your eyes drawn first to whatever is more important and requires some more planning.  Also, it is important that you write about all of the events for each day except daily tasks.

3.  How to remember daily tasks.

Creating a checklist is a very helpful way of remembering to do everything for rushed mornings, where you might forget an everyday task.  I use a morning checklist that I photocopy every week, because I am typically drowsy in the morning.  I also use multiple check boxes before each objective.  Another similar method of this is the same thing, except in schedule form.  Personally, I have tried all, and prefer the first, but it’s a personal preference, so do what fits you.

4.  How to remember chores.

Yes, this is different from the blotter, because the blotter is for planned events.  This is for those chores that you think should get done today, that you make on that day, for those “Oh I should get this done today moments.”  I would suggest using the lined side of an index card, and writing down a chore for each line.  When you finish, simply cross it out.

There you have it.  This is coming from me, a person who is working on organization and improving, thanks to these strategies.

Finding Nemo (The Storm)

We found Nemo!  No not the fish, Nemo is the name of the blizzard that passed through New England over the weekend.  What a great time to blog about the word of the week: cold.

A blizzard is a snowstorm with high winds and low visibility lasting at least 3 hours.  Being a snowstorm, a blizzard has to be cold, to state the obvious.  The snow piled down quickly, which made it hard to keep up with the shoveling.  Once you shovel an area, a thin layer appears less than a minute later.  It makes me feel empathy for elderly people or people with injuries who are unable to shovel and will find themselves trapped in their homes because of all the snow that fell.  It is important that we keep in mind that there are people much worse off than us.  Some people don’t even have homes to warm up in.  It would really make a difference in your neighbors’ life to lend a helping hand at this time.

Now that Nemo has passed, the aftermath is clear.  I woke up Saturday morning to find that all the cars down the street were in snow banks, and everything seemed dwarfed.  The mailbox and fence were almost unrecognizable because they were buried in snowdrifts.  It took hours to shovel the deck and walkways.  We literally had to shovel our way out of the house.  In addition, the snow blower kept breaking down.  Amongst all this craziness, we noticed a fat robin perched in our crabapple tree as the snow continued to fall.  He resembled an overstuffed pillow with his feathers fluffed up to escape the cold.  Continue reading

Top 5: Most Threatened Animals

In honor of February, for the word of the week challenge today I will do a top 5 related to the word: threatening.  Today we will count down the top 5 well known, animals that us humans are threatening.  It … Continue reading

Unwanted

Photo credit:  trix0r

Photo credit: trix0r

Being unwanted is such a bad feeling that can put anyone down.

If you were told that you were unwanted, what would you do? I can tell you for a fact that you (most likely) would not start laughing and walk away.

Unwanted is usually associated with the school yard and bullying, so naturally, I will tell you ways to prevent and stop bullying, so no one feels unwanted.

How to prevent yourself from being bullied:
Always believe in yourself. If you have confidence and you believe in yourself, you can always stop someone by bullying you.

How to prevent bullying from happening:
Put down rules. If you have very strong and enforced rules, people will be less inclined to be a bully.

How to stop bullying when it happens:
If you see someone being bullied, stand up for them. Maybe that will give them some self confidence and out the bully down.

But being unwanted can happen in other places than school. You can be unwanted because of your style, your political beliefs, or your skill in a subject. Being unwanted usually results in exclusion from the activities that you are unwanted to participate in.

If you are excluding someone, think about a time that you are unwanted. Would you be able to live with yourself if you put someone through that same experience?

And if you are being excluded, don’t try to fit in or anything. Anyone who doesn’t want you is obviously not worth your time.  Continue reading

Word of the Week: Failed

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Photo Credit: Unknown

Last week the word of the week, jolly, was very positively connoted.  This week we have just the opposite.  The word failed is negatively connoted.  If something were to not work, it would be considered failed.  A plan, or a machine could fail.  Also, it could mean someone is not good at what they do, which in my opinion, should never be used in that context.  The word failed is heavily negatively connoted.

The word failed symbolizes the frustration that comes when something were to not work.  This is often a case of a failed plan.  If a plan were not effective enough, you would consider it to be a failed plan.  Sometimes a failed plan is very costly, other times it is just that it does not work the first time, and it needs to be tweaked into a new idea.

Machinery is described as failed when it is broken.  Whether overheated, missing a bolt, or any other of the seemingly endless causes of a machine malfunctioning, failed could describe any technical issue.  To tie this in with my previous example, a failed design on a machine could amount to a failed machine.

Failed could also be used to describe a person.  If they are not good at what they do, one might say they failed.  Maybe they are the failed designer of a failed machine.   Sometimes it is friends joking around.  Other times, it is used as a rude way to tell someone that they need to find something that they are better at.  I personally hate it when people insult other people.  I feel like it is easy enough to keep it in your head rather than blurt it out to embarrass someone. Continue reading

The Swimmer at Work

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The Swimmer at Work

This picture shows the swimmer trying to push her way thought the barrier of water. The breast stroke kicks up the water very lightly and small waves push off towards the lane buoys. The Worcester Academy Swim Team preps for a tough season almost every day of the week. I took this with a Canon EOS 5D Mark iii and a 50-200 mm telescopic lens.

Failing, Don’t Fail at the Wrong Things!

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Photo credit: griffithchris

Failed.

Did you cringe when you read that? I know I did. Failed is such a degrading word, like if you work really hard on something, and someone just says “you failed”. That can really upset you right?

Failing is associated a lot with grades and tests, but failing is in the real world too. You can fail at cooking (like me) and you can fail at drawing (again like me), but you can fail in more serious ways than that. You could fail at a business report, and you can fail at an interview.

But sometimes, we are so consumed by trying not to fail at business or academics, that we actually fail at something much more important. Having fun in life!

If you focus all your time on your grades or company, you forget to be happy. And when you are happy you are actually be less likely to fail.  Continue reading