Chris Mah’s Echinoblog is off and running with a wealth of weirdness. Today he features the crinoidea, or crinoids, with some terrific images of open and close-fisted crinoid forms I’ve never seen before, and frankly, scare the daylights out of me (see the image from Charles Messing at Chris’ website).
It’s scary enough being in a research submarine, as if you need to worry about scaled urchins and the like. I never realized echinoderms were so… creepy. Now I’m worried.