These otterly adorable creatures can be found in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where they serve as an important keystone species in kelp forests.
Though it may not quite be the Christmas tree you gathered around yesterday, this hydroid gets its name from its branches, which give it the appearance of a Christmas tree from afar.
Hydroids are closely related to jellyfish -- have you seen them while exploring your sanctuaries?
From providing the food we eat to determining our weather, the ocean matters to each of us -- and the National Marine Sanctuary System protects this vital resource.
With that in mind, the photos and videos of Earth Is Blue bring these ocean treasures directly to smartphones and computers all over the world, where they can serve as a tangible reminder that no matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands.
Any proposed explanation should therefore not only bridge the century-long historical gap, but also demonstrate why the VMs appears both ‘language-y’ and ‘cipher-y’ at the same time. From a code-breaker’s point of view, this basically rules out Renaissance polyalphabetic ciphers, because they use multiple alphabets (or offsets into alphabets) to destroy the outward signs of internal structure – and what we see here has even more signs of internal structure than normal languages.
To illustrate this, here are some practical examples of the way Voynichese letters ‘dance’ to a tricky set of structural rules. Yet just to be confusing, some of the letter-shapes resemble shorthand both in their shape and their apparent positioning within words. is ‘Voynichese’ a language, a shorthand, a cipher, or perhaps some carefully-orchestrated jumble of all three?
These patterns are so unique that they can be used to identify individual whales, just like a human fingerprint.
This whale was spotted near the feeding grounds of NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 19, 2017: This southern sea otter is pawsitively excited to sea you!
Its last four hundred years of history can be squeezed into eight bullet points (My opinion (which you can take or leave) is that if we put more palaeographic effort into reading the VMs’ marginalia, we would very probably improve on this unsatisfactory situation.
For example, I believe that the top line of f116v says “por le bon simon s(int)…“, and that this was possibly even written by the original author.
By eating urchins, sea otters help keep those populations down so the forest can grow and thrive.