Creationists: cover your ears ... because we opine that life is better from where we originally came, under the sea. There, you can drown and dissolve your terrestrial worries and live out your deepwater days amongst the friendly mermaids, squids, and starfish. But what if you're neither snorkeler nor diver, nor grown a pair of gills? Luckily, Monaco's Musée Océanographique et Aquarium offers a dose of relief in the interim. Here are a few pictures.
According to my sources, this colourful little guy is an Evan's anthias (Pseudanthias evansi).
Glubb, glubb ... a Yellow-striped cardinalfish (Apogon cyanosoma).
A pair of happy, Blue-green chromis (Chromis viridis).
Na-na ... na-na ... na-na-na-na-na-na ... insert your favourite shark theme music here for this Leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata).
Crazy sea life, which I'm told are tube anemones of the order Ceriantharia.
Trying to find Nemo ... but which one's Nemo? Baby Common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) all sort of look alike.
A little help from your friends. A Gold-headed sleeper goby (Valenciennea strigata) takes a Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) for a ride.
Scorpionfish (Pterois volitans) are scary-looking beasts.
Does anyone else think that this Garden eel (Taenioconger sp) looks like Slimey the Worm from Sesame Street?
And we've saved the best for last: a six-point, Asterina starfish (Asterina sp)!