Strolling the beach in Port Aransas, Texas in the spring and summer you can’t help but to encounter the most amazing and dangerous jellyfish creatures washed ashore- the Portuguese Man-of-War. These carnivorous wonders are actually a colony of organisms that emit a strong acid that will burn human flesh or catch small fish and other small creatures as their meals. On a recent trip, I marveled at the shapes they made washed up on shore and couldn’t help but think about one of my favorite illustrators the German naturalist, Ernst Haeckel. Haeckel was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, and artist. He discovered, described and named thousands of new species and coined many terms in biology a well as developing the now widely…