Archive for the ‘Zoology’ Category

Amazing Examples of Animal Camouflage

June 21, 2017

Camouflage is really cool!

Check out these great examples of animal camouflage

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Heartbreaking parenting strategy for a ghost

December 22, 2016

This little white octopus, dubbed “Casper,” certainly looks cute just sitting on a rock ledge more than 4000 meters below the ocean surface. But Casper’s parenting strategy is not as adorable—in fact, it’s positively heartbreaking.

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This species (which is so new, it doesn’t have a scientific designation) not only lives in those great depths at several places of the Pacific—researchers made two dozen more observations of its behavior off Ecuador. The animal also attaches its clutch of about 30 small eggs to the stalk of a dead sponge and then wraps its whole body around it. It will stay put to protect its young for several years, not feeding, waning away until the eggs hatch and it dies.

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Learn more here.

The craziest jellyfish I’ve ever seen

May 1, 2016

So this is what you can see if you happen to be about 3,700 meters below sea level …

A – MAZ – ING !!!

Octopus vs Octopus

April 13, 2016

In the tradition of ‘Killer Whale vs Seal‘, ‘Lion vs Buffalo vs Crocodile‘, ‘Shark vs Octopus‘, ’Leopard vs Porcupine‘, ‘Hornets vs Honey bees‘, ’Salmon vs Grizzly Bear‘, ‘Hippopotamus vs Crocodile’, ‘Polar Bear vs Walrus Colony’, ‘Giraffe vs Giraffe‘, ‘Caterpillar vs Frog‘, ‘Frog vs Poison Newt’, ‘Rubber bands vs Water Melon’,  ‘Sarcastic fringehead vs Sarcastic fringehead’, ‘Jaguar vs Crocodile‘, ‘Snake vs Crocodile‘, ‘Centipede vs Snake‘, ‘Moray Eel vs White Tip Reef Shark‘ and ‘Rabbit vs Snake‘ here is ‘Octopus vs Octopus’:

I can’t even tell who won !!?!

There’s a Fish Hidden in This Video

May 14, 2015

Camouflage is really cool. And this clip is no exception …

Worm Shoots Its Appendage over Man’s Hand

May 5, 2015

This is a marine ribbon worm. The weapon of the ribbon worm, or Nemertea, is a proboscis (elongated appendage) that the worm uses to snag and attach itself to its prey (sometimes with venom!). Basically, that proboscis is like a muscle inside of them that can dart out when the body contracts to attack prey.

Shape-Shifting Frog Discovered

March 29, 2015

Scientists have discovered a frog that changes its skin texture to match its surroundings.

Shape-Shifting Frog

The mutable rain frog can go from smooth (left) to spiny in minutes.

Pristimantis mutabilis, described in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, is believed to be the first amphibian known to have this shape-shifting capability.

The scientists believe the ability to change skin texture to reflect its surroundings may enable Pristimantis mutabilis to help camouflage itself from birds and other predators. Learn more here, here or here.

The Squeaking Caterpillar

September 27, 2014

This is Rhodinia fugax, an animal sometimes called the Squeaking Silkmoth. That’s because when you give it a gentle squeeze, it will sqeak adorably.

See through frog

July 21, 2013

The cloud forests of South America are home to some of Earth’s most extraordinary creatures, but few are as intriguing as the glass frog. Seen from above, most glass frog species look pretty nondescript, but a glimpse of their underbelly reveals a fascinating anatomical anomaly: translucent abdominal skin. From underneath, a glass frog’s heart, liver, and various other internal organs are often completely visible.

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The glass frog couldn’t be more aptly named. After all, his entire underbelly is translucent like glass. Amazingly, that’s not the only unique thing about these beautiful creatures. They’re also one of the handful of critters where the father actually handles all aspects of parental care. Females flee as soon as they have delivered the eggs. Then males stay during weeks in close proximity of the egg clutch, improving its survival probability by maintaining it wet and, sometimes, scaring away predators.

Leaping shark

May 29, 2013

Despite its spectacular leap, this great white shark is going home with an empty stomach. The seal that it has crushed in its jaws is a rubber decoy, created by the photographer, Dana Allen, to tempt it out of the sea.

Leaping shark

The shark was pictured in False Bay, off Cape Town in South Africa. It’s common for great whites to leap out of the water in this area, but it took three days of dangling his decoy for Allen to capture this perfect moment on film. Learn more here.