Red gorgonian polyps. The red gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by.

Species: Red gorgonian,*Leptogorgia chilensis*, *Lophogorgia chilensis*

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 03480

Species: Red gorgonian,

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 03480

Pyrosome drifting through a kelp forest, Catalina Island. Pyrosomes are free-floating colonial tunicates that usually live in the upper layers of the open ocean in warm seas. Pyrosomes are cylindrical or cone-shaped colonies made up of hundreds to thousands of individuals, known as zooids.

Location: Catalina Island, California

Image ID: 37164

Location: Catalina Island, California

Image ID: 37164

California Golden gorgonian polyps. The golden gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by.

Location: San Diego, California

Image ID: 37205

Location: San Diego, California

Image ID: 37205

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier and Belt of Venus in pre-dawn light. The Earth's shadow appears as the blue just above the horizon.

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Image ID: 37697

Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Image ID: 37697

San Clemente Island Pyramid Head, the distinctive pyramid shaped southern end of the island.

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 29357

Location: San Clemente Island, California

Image ID: 29357

Chestnut cowry.

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,*Cypraea spadicea*

Location: San Diego, California

Image ID: 34206

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,

Location: San Diego, California

Image ID: 34206

A rainbow appears in the mist of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. At 308 feet, the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River is the tallest fall in the park. This view is from the famous and popular Artist Point on the south side of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. When conditions are perfect in midsummer, a morning rainbow briefly appears in the falls.

Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Image ID: 13329

Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Image ID: 13329

Chestnut cowrie with mantle extended, feather duster worm.

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,*Cypraea spadicea*, *Eudistylia polymorpha*

Location: Santa Cruz Island, California

Image ID: 01061

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,

Location: Santa Cruz Island, California

Image ID: 01061

Chris Thompson and yellowfin tuna speared at Guadalupe Island.

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 03730

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 03730

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10368

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10368

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10369

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10369

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10375

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10375

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10378

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10378

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10383

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10383

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10391

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10391

Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 10395

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 10395

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18729

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18729

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18731

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18731

Fractal design. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18732

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18732

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18737

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18737

The Mandelbrot Fractal. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by *self-similarity*, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,*Mandelbrot set*

Image ID: 18739

Species: Mandelbrot fractal,

Image ID: 18739

Chestnut cowry, mantle exposed.

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,*Cypraea spadicea*

Location: San Miguel Island, California

Image ID: 00624

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,

Location: San Miguel Island, California

Image ID: 00624

Chestnut cowrie with mantle extended.

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,*Cypraea spadicea*

Location: San Miguel Island, California

Image ID: 01062

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,

Location: San Miguel Island, California

Image ID: 01062

Flamingo tongue snail.

Species: Flamingo tongue cowrie,*Cyphoma gibbosum*

Location: Roatan, Honduras

Image ID: 02554

Species: Flamingo tongue cowrie,

Location: Roatan, Honduras

Image ID: 02554

Simnia and egg cluster on gorgonian.

Species: Simnia,*Delonovolva aequalis*

Location: Anacapa Island, California

Image ID: 02556

Species: Simnia,

Location: Anacapa Island, California

Image ID: 02556

Flamingo tongue snail.

Species: Flamingo tongue cowrie,*Cyphoma gibbosum*

Location: Roatan, Honduras

Image ID: 02567

Species: Flamingo tongue cowrie,

Location: Roatan, Honduras

Image ID: 02567

Chestnut cowrie with mantle extended.

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,*Cypraea spadicea*

Location: San Miguel Island, California

Image ID: 01035

Species: Chestnut cowrie, Date cowrie,

Location: San Miguel Island, California

Image ID: 01035

Adult male Guadalupe fur seal resting, bubbles emitted from dense, two-layered fur for which it was formerly hunted to near extinction. An endangered species, the Guadalupe fur seal appears to be recovering in both numbers and range.

Species: Guadalupe fur seal,*Arctocephalus townsendi*

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 09655

Species: Guadalupe fur seal,

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 09655

Guadalupe fur seal. An endangered species, the Guadalupe fur seal appears to be recovering in both numbers and range.

Species: Guadalupe fur seal,*Arctocephalus townsendi*

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 09657

Species: Guadalupe fur seal,

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 09657

Adult male Guadalupe fur seal resting, bubbles emitted from dense, two-layered fur for which it was formerly hunted to near extinction. An endangered species, the Guadalupe fur seal appears to be recovering in both numbers and range.

Species: Guadalupe fur seal,*Arctocephalus townsendi*

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 09671

Species: Guadalupe fur seal,

Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Image ID: 09671

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Scripps Pier and Earthshadow at Dawn, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

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Young California Sea Lions at the Coronado Islands, Baja California, Mexico

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