Animals & beasts

Peacock spider: The teeny-tiny multicoloured spider

Peacock spider: The teeny-tiny multicoloured spider

Say hello to my little friend! Quite literally… The Maratus volans is a species in the jumping spider family which belongs to the peacock spider genus. These spiders are so small they can barely be seen on a finger nail! As people say, small things come in big packages, which is certainly the case for this little guy.

Monstrous deep-sea creatures from around the world

Monstrous deep-sea creatures from around the world

About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, making the seas and oceans the largest habitats on earth. The deep sea (defined as below 200 metres in depth) is still largely unexplored. Living in the deep sea without sunlight, and with extreme pressure and temperatures of below five degrees Celsius is pretty bleak. Due to these conditions deep-sea animals have had to evolve in some bizarre ways to survive. So here are a few of my favourite terrifying sea creatures…