During a survey of the waters near the Aleutian Islands of Alaska (USA), scientists came across a strange creature, belonging to the snail fish family, scientifically known as Crystallichthys cyclospilus.
Through images recorded from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it can be seen that the fish has a strange appearance with a transparent, firm body, with a slight red tint. This allows it to easily hide in the dark ocean floor, which rarely sees the presence of sunlight.
According to Sarah Friedman, a biologist at NOAA, this fish is extremely rare, although they only live at depths of between 100 and 200 meters. In fact, they appear so rarely that, information and images are very few in the references.
“Their transparent, reddish body is unique. It’s an adaptation of deep-sea creatures like the golden snail to camouflage themselves, based on the wavelengths of light that travel through water.” Friedman shared.
“Red light has the shortest wavelength, which means it never reaches deep water and hits these fish. This makes them virtually invisible to predators,” she reasoned. prize.
Friedman said snailfish also have another interesting property, which is possessing suction cups on the underside of the body. This makes it easier for them to cling to rocks and not be swept away by strong currents. Accordingly, snail fish is one of the few fish that possess this structure.
During their exploration of the sea, Friedman and her team also encountered many other unique creatures, such as a rather large, orange-yellow sea spider with stilt-like legs, called Colossendeis.
Revered and personified as a deity or goddess, Mother Earth has many names and faces. The underlying belief is that earth is a life-giving and nurturing motherly entity. She crosses many traditions, not confined to shamanic traditions, yet shamans recognize that all life support here on earth starts with her and her gifts. Call her Mother Earth, Pachamama, or Gaia, here are seven lesser known names for Mother Nature that you may not be familiar with.
One caveat: Because there can be a great deal of overlap between shamanism, mythology, folklore and religion, composing a list of nature goddesses and other figures who stand in for an earth mother deity is no easy task and not always as clean and clear as this article suggests. If a separate Creation Goddess exists, then Goddesses associated with birth and mothering, as well as fertility, often stand in for a Mother Nature Goddess in some traditions. Where there may be no distinct Mother Nature Goddess, goddesses of agriculture and sun are frequently found instead.
Akna appears as a fertility and mother goddess of the Maya, a Meso-American civilization. Meaning “Our mother,” Akna is recorded as a very general title applied, among others, to goddesses of fertility and childbirth.
Lepcha – It Bunoo
The Lepcha are among the indigenous peoples of Sikkim, a state in India, and are found close by in parts of Bhutan, Tibet, Darjeeling, Nepal, and West Bengal. Mun is their traditional polytheistic, animist, shamanistic, and syncretic religion. The majority of the Lepcha consider themselves Buddhists. However, they practice both Lamaism, derived from Buddhism, and Mun, a folk religion. While the chief goddess of the Lepcha religion is Nozyongnyu, the mother-creator is a female earth deity, It Bunoo (also Itbu-moo).