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!
Clown Trigger Fish: The clown triggerfish is widely distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean until the western Pacific Ocean. It is most commonly found along external reef slopes with clear water until 75 m depth.
The blue lobster is 1 in 2 million. Recently one was caught off the coast of Maine. The fellow's daughter named it Skylar :) and is donating the rare crustacean to the Maine Aquarium that already has 3 other blue lobsters. Pintwist on blue