Month: February 2012

Uncovering the Sea Potato’s Story

 image source: image source:  image source: Dried out and Dead version X _ X  image source: Habitat: found in sub-tidal regions in temperate seas around the world Status: No Conservation Concerns  If you ever get a chance to see a Sea Potato (Echinocardium cordatum) you’ll probably only see it in its deceased and dried up form (last pic). This is because Sea Potatoes are normally found buried in the sand to a depth of ten to fifteen centimeters. It’s furry appearance is created from the thousands of yellowish spines that cover its body. These {mostly} backward facing spines help it to dig itself into the sand. Sea potatoes are examples of heart-shaped urchins; a shape which you can kind of see in the last picture, as well. This guy reminds me of the Sea Mouse… but I think I like it better. Check out these weirdos in action!...

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The Fox and the Hound Come to Life

Do you guys remember that heartbreaking Disney movie (I know, which one, right?) The Fox and the Hound? Well here’s the real life version! Sadie the Jack Russell Terrier and eight-month-old Anuska the vixen have become unlikely friends after Anuska was orphaned days after her birth when her mother was run over by a car. Luckily, Sadie was there to fill in for mom. Now they two are never apart from one another – taking nice long walks, catching tennis balls, and having the occasional wrestling match. Their owner, Brian Bevan, 62, from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire says that “Anuska loves playing catch. She could do it all day long. She leaps for the ball but she also likes berries, so she’ll happily jump to pick those off branches too. It’s hardly surprising to see a dog jumping around but watching a fox do it is something else,” said Mr Bevan. Anuska and eight other cubs had been rescued by a farmer who dug them out of their den after recognising their mother’s body on a road. All the kits had gotten used to being around dogs, since the farmer owned Labrador Retrievers. The little foxes have all since found...

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Strikingly Colorful Spider!

© Art   © Hirzi Hussain  © opzjon © Kurt (OrionMystery) Habitat: Africa & Asia   Status: Not listed  These amazingly colorful jumping spiders are all from the genus Viciria. Both males and females reach lengths of 7 to 12 mm. This is probably one of the few spiders that I would be pleased to...

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Stalking the Amazon with the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish

© Tim,  image source: image source: image source: Habitat: found in the Amazon River in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela  Status: Not Listed Did you know that Tigers stalked the waters of the Amazon basin? No, not the type of tigers you’re thinking of… I’m referring to the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum)! These robust fish are known for their distinct tiger-like markings and oddly shaped faces – they look almost like horses, don’t they? Tiger Shovelnose Catfish are migratory fish, basing their movements around the flooding that occurs in the Amazon River. At the end of the dry season, P. tigrinum can migrate at the same time as its prey, and then return at the end of the rainy season. They’re nocturnal hunters, much like the classic Tiger. Stripes and nighttime fish stalking… how...

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About Carly


I have a confession: I love animals. Join me and the rest of the Featured Creature community as we learn about the weirdest, coolest, and craziest animals out there. Including your dog, Mr. Scrufflebutt (if you submit him!).

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