Beautiful sea sparkles


Noctiluca scintillans (photo: Maria Antónia Sampayo)

Noctiluca scintillans (above) is a bioluminescent marine dinoflagellate.


Noctiluca scintillans bioluminescence (photo: Sander van der Wel)

Noctiluca scintillans produces beautiful displays of bioluminescence round the world. Above and below, two examples of these “sea sparkles”. Lovely!


Noctiluca scintillans again (photo: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)


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Spineless: a book to look out for


Spineless by Susan Middleton (October 2014)

Here is a beautifully illustrated book to look out for: Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life, by Susan Middleton.

I have no review, but here are some of the lovely images from the book. Wired and the Smithsonian Magazine have more. It looks fantastic!



Fourteen fantastic visualisations, ancient and modern

A recent post in Wired highlights “14 world-changing data visualizations from the last 4 centuries.” Definitely worth a look!

The NASA map of ocean currents above is on the list, as are the classic epidemiological visualisations below, by Florence Nightingale and John Snow (the NASA map is also available as a video).