Cute overload in the deep seas

Jelena sent me the link to a page of photographs of animals in the deap sea commenting that I’d find those freaky-yet-cute creatures inspirational. I guess I would.

I’ve got my doubts about, though. It looks sploggy to me – a fake web directory cobbled together from scraped RSS feeds and stolen content for no other purpose than to have something to have advertising on. On the other hand, it does host the images itself rather than deeplinking them from the original site The Deep from where the photos are taken, and it does present them in a way that’s less clumsy than on the original site’s javascript-driven gallery (though the original site is prettier), so it does at least add some value.
Officially, I urge you all to go to The Deep, but I don’t think I’d have had the patience to look at that site if I hadn’t first seen the photos presented in a normal web page on the presumed-to-be-thieves’ site.

(Link to readigg nofollow-ized, the first link in a blog post here to earn that dubious distinction. Link to The Deep’s gallery extracted from a longer javascript link)

By the way, the oldest book I own that I still use on a regular basis is a Dutch edition of the book Fishes of the World by Danish author Hans Hvass. My aunt, a librarian, took it home from the writeoff pile and gave it to me when I was, er, eight? Can’t quite remember. I was fascinated by it and would often spend idle hours just browsing through it looking for freaky-looking fish. These days, I use the battered volume as a reference work in case Kel and Krakatoa get into one of their regular fish-slapping fights. I don’t want them to assault one another with the same species of fish every time.

Unfortunately, some of the coolest fish are tiny, inedible or just not available in a setting based on Western Europe, ca. 1000, so they I can’t make them fight with angler fish or spookfish. Though I guess I’ll cheat, one day.

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