A bait ball, or baitball, occurs when small fish swarm in a tightly packed spherical formation about a common centre. It is a last-ditch defensive measure adopted by small schooling fish when they are threatened by predators.
Yes, this is an animal. The Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus - meaning "blood-colored six-gills") is a dorid nudibranch (sea slug). I think it's great color and design inspiration for a crocheted afghan.
I am obsessed with kelp forests! Since I was too young to realize the ocean wasn't doing so well. I was young I mean 2 years old! I credit this early love for kelp forest my bloom of love for the ocean I can't stop thinking about!