Restoration reveals hidden whale in 17th-century Dutch painting
Mysterious artwork at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum showing people clustered on beach had huge creature painted over
Photograph: Fitzwilliam Museum. View of Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen after restoration, showing the whale.

Restoration reveals hidden whale in 17th-century Dutch painting

Mysterious artwork at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum showing people clustered on beach had huge creature painted over
Photograph: Fitzwilliam Museum. View of Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen after restoration, showing the whale.
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Portrait of a Naval Officer by Charles Julian Tharp
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Model Yacht 1929-30 
Photo: Lyonel Feininger

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Model Yacht 1929-30 

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Poachers and dangerous conditions make it hard for those trained and licensed to collect the expensive treat.

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SPLASH OF SEAWATER MAGNIFIED 25 TIMES

…when you accidentally swallow a nasty gulp of salt water… to be honest  wasn’t just salt.

Plankton are microscopic organisms that drift on the oceans’ currents. They include organisms such as diatoms, dinoflagillates, krill, and copepods as well as the microscopic larva of crustaceans, sea urchins, and fish. Plankton also include tiny photosynthetic organisms that are so numerous and productive that they are responsible for generating more oxygen than all other plants on Earth combined

  • 1 Crab Larva Less than a quarter of an inch long, this delicate, transparent arthropod has a long way to go before it reaches maturity and yet its various body parts are already recognisable.

  • 2 CyanobacteriaThese coiled filaments are representatives of some of the most primitive life forms on Earth. Among the very first organisms to have evolved, they can  photosynthesize.

  • 3 DiatomsThese small, boxy single-celled organisms are a type of algae, encased in a silica cell wall of great beauty. When they die, these tiny cell walls sink to the bottom of the sea, where they may be compacted to form rock.

  • 4 CopepodsThe most common zooplankton and may be the most important animals in the oceans, as they form the most abundant source of protein. They are tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans. They form the basic foodstuff of countless fish species. Some scientists believe that, taken together, copepods would form the largest single animal mass on Earth

  • 5 Chaetognaths These long, translucent organisms are arrow worms, predatory marine animals that form a large constituent part of the plankton. Some can even inject paralytic venom.

  • 6 Fish eggs: Nearly all fish lay eggs, although a few (including some sharks) give birth to live young.  But most fish species release huge numbers of fertilised eggs into the open sea, a large percentage of which will be eaten.

  • 7 Marine wormA multi-segmented polychaete equipped with dozens of tiny, hair-like appendages with which it propels itself through the water.

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red octopus. Princeton CA, June 2012 / FH20 /

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red octopus. Princeton CA, June 2012 / FH20 /

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