The Weird and Lurid Landscape of Another Planet

On a recent trip to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, I was struck by how alien marine life looks.

Sea anemone
Sea anemone

Take these sea anemone from the coral reef gallery; they look like something you’d imagine on a distant planet. It put me in mind of part in H.G.Wells‘ The War of the Worlds, where a survivor emerges out of hiding to find the world had been turned into “the weird and lurid landscape of another planet”.

Sea anemone
Sea anemone
Glow in the dark Sea anemone
Glow in the dark Sea anemone
Sea anemone
Sea anemone
Clown fish amongst a sea anemone
Clown fish amongst a sea anemone
Sea anemone
Sea anemone
Sea anemone
Sea anemone
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