This blog enjoys exploring a strange world and unusual forms of life. A census of Australia's reefs has found hundreds of new species. This white topped coral crab crab has claws bigger than its body. The segmented forms of shellfish could resemble future spacesuits.
This dendronepthya or soft coral was found near Lizard Island.
Pohls sea urchins, also found off Lizard Island. This writer had the great pleasure of studying in Australia. Lizard Island also contains an excellent resort surrounded by the Reef. Creatures in this weightless environment may hint at the forms of alien life.
This tardigrade, or "water bear," is an eight-legged creature about 1.5 millimeters long. In extreme environments it can suspend all biological activity. In a dehydrated state it can survive great heat, cold and even the vacuum of Space. A colony of them spent 10 days in Space aboard an ESA spacecraft called FOTON-M3. Tardigrades survived solar UV radiation 1000 times more intense than that of Earth's surface. These tardigrade's survival lends support to panspermia, the idea that life could cross Space to seed other worlds.
In deep sea vents, scientists have found organisms surviving at temperatures up to 120 degrees Celsius. The vents are warmed by geothermal heat originating deep in Earth's interior. The source of interior heat is still unexplained, but could conceivably come from a tiny Black Hole in Earth's centre. Worlds as diverse as Ceres and Europa appear to contain oceans. All these worlds are potential abodes of alien life.
See Part 2 of the Carnival of Space!