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Blue and White

This blue and white nudibranch is Loch's chromodoris, and was photographed at Coral Garden off Taveuni in the Republic of Fiji. Like other nudibranchs and sea hares, it is a simultaneous hermaphrodite, possessing both male and female reproductive structures at the same time.

A Bundle of Spines

Sea urchins use a coat of sharp spines as a defensive strategy. Related to sea stars, sea cucumbers and sand dollars, urchins have the most obvious spines, but all members of this group of animals have some sort of hardened plates embedded in their skin for protection, and to give them shape.

The Black-crowned Night Heron

The black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is the most widespread species of heron in the world, occupying habitats in North and South America, parts of Africa and Asia. Habitat loss and pesticides have reduced their total numbers worldwide. While appearing rather stocky and languid during the day, the beautiful grey and blue-black plumage is quite striking.