Month: March 2012

The Flapjack Octopus Made Famous in Finding Nemo

© DANTE FENOLIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY © 1999 MBARI ©Dante Fenolio / PR Nature © 2006 HIDEKI ABE  Habitat: Off Eureka Bar, California, Japan, from the Bering Sea to the Sea of Okhotsk to off central Honshū in the northwestern Pacific and to off southern California in the northeastern Pacific Status: No Conservation Concerns  Woo! Talk about alliteration in that title, eh?  You might remember Pearl, the pink octopus in Finding Nemo who so famously says, “Aaawww, you guys made me ink!” Well, the Flapjack Octopus (Opisthoteuthis californiana) is the actual animal that Pearl was modeled after – except for one important flaw in the animator’s design. The Flapjack Octopus is a deep sea creature, so Pearl could have never been able to survive at the shallow depths Nemo and his friends hung out in. In fact, she would have been a pink blob of mush rather than a cute little octopus!  “I should be mush! :)” Not much is known about this bizarre creature since it inhabits depths greater than 550 m…. but we do have an incredibly cute video of some floating around in a tank!...

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Bee-utiful Caterpillar!

© John Horstman © John Horstman  mage source:    © John Horstman Habitat: Taiwan Status: Not Listed Here’s an interesting caterpillar that seems to be mimicking a bumble bee! Achelura sanguifasciata will eventually transform into the rather dull (in my opinion) moth shown below:   I’d much prefer for it to grow up looking like a gigantic bee! Muahaha *mad scientist...

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New Week Nudi: Hypselodoris acriba

© Marcelo Krause   © Chris Irwin © zahner Habitat: Caribbean  Status: Not Listed The description of this nudibranch, Hypselodoris acriba, as provided by the Sea Slug Forum makes me think we’re describing an opulent palace or throne rather than a sea slug! It says, “The body is blue, covered with a fine yellow-gold mesh pattern. The rhinophores are brilliant purple-blue and the gills are gold. A wide marginal band of white to pink follows the highly ruffled mantle margin. The very edge of the mantle has a thin yellow followed by red line. A series of irregular black spots occurs along the inner edge of the ruffled margin.” Absolutely...

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The iPhone-sized Puppy… Named Beyoncé

The internetz is abounding with miniature animals today it seems! This is Beyoncé, the Dachshund mix from El Dorado Hills, CA that is named after one of the world’s biggest pop stars… but just might be the world’s smallest puppy! When she was born, Beyoncé weighed just one ounce and was so tiny she could fit in a spoon. Now two weeks old, she’s still about the size of a credit card. Can you believe that?!? I WANT HER! Beyoncé was the runt of a litter born a fortnight ago to a beleaguered Dachshund mix named Casey, who was abandoned by her owner and left to fend for herself on the streets of San Bernardino, California.  Casey was eventually picked up and placed in the pound where she was set to be put down, since the pound couldn’t accommodate a whole litter of puppies.  Luckily for her, and Beyoncé, Casey was given a new lease on life when she was rescued by the Grace Foundation. But poor teeny Beyoncé wasn’t out of the woods yet – she still faced a battle for survival. An ultrasound revealed that Casey was expecting five puppies – and one of them was unusually small and wasn’t expected to survive.  Beyoncé was the last puppy to be delivered and at first the vet thought she was still born. She didn’t have a heartbeat and...

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6 Bald Birds That Could Seriously Use Some Rogaine

Who knew that there were so many species of birds with balding issues?? Now you do! Some were made this way and others… were just unfortunate. May I present to you several species of flying friends who could definitely use some Rogaine… stat! Vulturine Guineafowl © Uros Petrovic   © G.R. Guy   © Baardman © Lazette Gifford Habitat: northeast Africa   Status: Least Concern Starting off the list is the Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) that looks like it could be the next character in Beetlejuice or some other Tim Burton film. I think the pin-striping and bright blue feathers are what do the trick and then that perfectly bald blue head tops off the look. These are large [61–71 cm] friendly birds that form flocks of about 25 birds even when it isn’t breeding season. While they have the capability to fly, these guys are a terrestrial species of guineafowl, preferring to run rather than fly when alarmed. Run, guinefowl, run! {said in Forest Gump voice. Obviously). Bare-faced Bulbul   © Iain Woxvold via WWF  © Iain Woxvold via WWFHabitat: LaosStatus: Least Concern Only recently described in 2009, the Bare-faced Bulbul (Pycnonotus hualon) is the only bald songbird in mainland Asia, and one of only a handful in the world. This doesn’t give you the right to make fun of him. It’s the first new species of bulbul to...

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