We don’t have to write about the world’s largest natural wonders to point you to some of Mother Nature’s most spectacular creations. Wonders never cease when we look as some of the smallest living gems in our world.

Take the sea horse for example. We know it exists, and we see it occasionally on “sea motif” bathroom wallpaper or shower curtains, but other than that, most of us (even scientists) know little or nothing about this fragile marvels.

In fact, of the 47 different species of seahorses known to science, 14 of those species were discovered in the past decade! Many of these recently discovered species are known as pygmy seahorses.

These magnificent and tiny gems of the sea are remarkable in many ways. Pygmy seahorses are masters of disguise and so perfectly adapted to their niche in the world it makes finding them and studying them nearly impossible.

Luckily, the California Academy of Sciences was able to collect a breeding pair and give us a look at their tiny lives for the first time…

It turns out there is something even more remarkable about these pygmy seahorses!

These minuscule masters of disguise have yet another trick of their sleeve…

Via: Deep Look 2

Celebrating endless learning…

How fortunate are we to not only live on a planet with such marvelous diversity, but also to live during a time when discoveries like these can travel around the world in seconds?

There is so much to learn out there, whether you are a career biologist, citizen scientist, or simply a nature nerd, out in the field or scrolling through search results, there is such a vast amount of learning to be done. When we look back at this time 100 years from now, how much more will we know? What fundamental truths we believe will have crumbled? What more will we know?

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What makes our present time so remarkable…

It’s not that we know so much, but that we can share that knowledge, that wonder, with so many people! There is something beautiful about that. I hope that we leave you today not just with a little more knowledge about this world, but with a renewed desire to learn more.

If you want to see another fascinating look at our natural world check out our article about the fascinating world of snails! No, really, it is fascinating!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “Science Today: Pygmy Seahorses | California Academy of Sciences.”YouTube. California Academy of Sciences, 22 Sept. 2014. Web. 13 Sept. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8962KC5IX80>.
  2. “Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage | Deep Look.” YouTube. Deep Look, 20 Oct. 2014. Web. 24 Aug. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3CtGoqz3ww>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV