“Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.” – The Doctor
The Weeping Angels could very well have been modeled off the lovely sea angel, if the Doctor Who writers are secret marine biology fans. Sea angels (Clione spp.) are adorable shell-less molluscs that fly though the water on cute little wings, looking like this. Awwww!
Except when they’re hungry. And they uncurl the first third of their gut, shoots tentacles out of their face, rip the bodies of their prey (shelled swimming molluscs called Limacina) out of their shells, and shred them with their sharp radula.
Natalia Chervyakova of Moscow University got absolutely stunning photos of Clione hunting Limacina. I can’t embed them because they are in Flash, but go here right now. Or you can watch the Japanese game show version below.
I think I would prefer being chased by the Weeping Angels, myself. Because Clione don’t care if you blink.
Thanks to Jesse for sending the photos!