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Month: September 2010
I’ve rounded up some of the cutest animals on Flickr, and they just so happen to enjoy hanging out on fingers. Go figure right? image credit: Speckletbaby leatherback turtle image credit: Speckletpygmy marmosets image credit: Speckletbaby toe-toed sloth image credit: Christina’s Play Placebaby pufferfish image credit: _Medy_grasshopper image credit: Speckletbaby octopus image credit: rengber hermit...Read More
Habitat: Carpinteria State Park, Southern California This species of Sea Slug, Flabellina goddardi, or less formally known as the Fiery Sea Slug, was just discovered in 2008 when Marine Biologist Jeff Goddard was searching for another type of sea slug. Instead of finding that one, he ended up making this discovery! After collecting the sea slug and taking it to a lab, it later laid a lacy egg mass which then hatched into tiny babies. The egg mass is formed that way so that each baby is capable of receiving enough oxygen. The new species has a “tooth-studded ribbon” called a radula to catch prey. Interestingly, it has less teeth than other sea slugs it is closely related to. image credit: nationalgeographic.com Pictured in this microscopic image are the embryos contained within the egg mass. 0.1-millimeter-long babies hatch into shelled larvae after about a week after the eggs are laid. The babies feed and grow on plankton in shallow waters off California for a month or two before they settle, metamorphose, and start eating adult food. **Thanks to Chelsea Lindsay for showing me this great article! I love when people send me things, so if you have something you’d like me to post about please don’t hesitate to do...Read More
image credit: drurydrama, via Flickr image credit: mottafied.com image credit: animal.discovery.com image credit: alaska.com image credit: humbugreality.comHabitat: Arctic North America, with small populations in Sweden, Siberia, and Norway This shaggy fellow is a Musk Ox and its name comes from the fact that males emit an extremely “musky” odor to attract the ladies during mating season. Sexy. Musk Ox live in herds of around 10-20 animals but sometimes over 70. When threatened the adults will form a circle, keeping the young in the middle and facing outwards ready to charge at the enemy if necessary. This ring formation made Musk Ox easy targets for hunters, and in the early 19th century the Alaskan population was practically wiped out. Forunately, in 1917 Canada passed a law protecting the Musk Ox and now the population has rebounded. The worldwide population is estimated to be around 80,000 to 120,000 animals. It’s incredible that simply through conservation an animal can come back from near extinction. Let this be a lesson to everyone that if we try, we really can make a difference. And cue the corny...Read More
image credit: sherdog.net image credit: ashorner.comHabitat: South Pacific Ocean This fuzzy little Yeti Crab was only just recently discovered back in 2005 during a research expedition lead by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute using the submarine DSV Alvin. The hairy critter was discovered hanging out around hydrothermal vents around 7,200 ft down below! It’s so crazy how these animals can survive at such amazing depths. The “hairy” contain filamentous bacteria which the creature may use to detoxify poisonous minerals from the water emitted by the hydrothermal vents where it lives. Cute and Useful!...Read More
image credit: kostich.com image credit: kiwifoto.com image credit: animalsanctuary.posterous.comHabitat: Mexico and South America You can probably already tell this just from looking at the Coati (sometimes referred to as a Coatimundi), but they are related to raccoons. I actually happened to come across this picture of a Coati with a great background story: image credit: allcreatures.tumblr.com “Climbing instructor Paula Manas teaches Elikai the baby Coatimundi how to climb. Elikai needed a little extra help learning what should come after his mother died just days after he was born. The 20-week-old orphan was so terrified of trees that he refused to go near one when he was adopted by wildlife rescuer Steve Rowlands two months ago. Owner Steve hopes to release Elikai into a tropical biosphere in Germany. Coming to Elikai’s rescue were Martin Clever and Paula Manas from climbing centre Redpoint in Birmingham. Martin said when he first got the call saying a coatimundi needed help climbing he thought it was a wind up. He said: “It is the most unusual thing we have ever been asked to do, but seeing Elikai on the tree and watching him learn the ropes was well worth it.” Coatimundis are omnivorous mammala related to the racoons of North America. In the wild they eat insects, fruit, nuts and small reptiles. As they grow adult males become solitary and females live in large...Read More
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