Underwater landscape of Crespo Island.
From Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (Twenty thousand leagues under the seas), by Jules Verne, illustrated by Édouard Riou and Alphonse de Neuville, Paris, 1871.
Those hippocampi seem rather disturbed by the presentation of a mollusc platter.
The hippocamps or hippocampi (singular hippocamp) were sea-faring horses controlled by the god of the seas, Poseidon. In addition to lending their name to seahorses (Genus Hippocampus), the hippocamps also give their name to the structure in the brain that’s shaped vaguely akin to a seahorse - also called the hippocampus.
Encyclopaedia Londinensis; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature: Volume V. John Wilkes, 1810.
Pacific flying squid (Todarodes pacificus) leap out of the water and take flight in the northwest Pacific Ocean, 600 km east of Tokyo. The mollusc propels itself out of the ocean by shooting a jet of water at high pressure, before opening its fins to glide at up to 11.2 metres per second, and then fly more than 30 m (100 feet)…
(read more: Telegraph UK)
Picture: AFP PHOTO / HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY / KOUTA MURAMATSU