Nature Freaks Me Out Sometimes
sometimes from close up, sometimes from far away, sometimes over a long period of time
Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California recently filmed and edited this 5 minute video taken with a drone. It shows thousands of dolphins, three gray whales migrating off the coast of San Clemente, and a humpback whale snuggling with her calf in Maui.
"This is a video showing a person killing a praying mantis virtually taken over by a huge parasite of the species Nematomorpha (horsehair worm). When the mantis dies, the parasite evacuates its host. These parasitic worms grow up to 100 cm in length, with extreme case specimens reaching 200 cm. The infection they infest their host with can ‘program’ the hosts brain and cause it to drown itself, returning the nematomorph parasite to water." / this horrifying thing via kenyatta
"They are deep-sea animals that live only on land plants. Congratulations, evolution, you have outdone yourself. The most prominent members of the woodfall communities are clam-like creatures called Xylophaga. They arrive as larvae and grow into weird inch-long seashells. They use their long, muscular feet to drive their ridged shells against pieces of wood, turning themselves into living chisels." / via xuhulk
Eoperipatus totoro is a species of velvet worm belonging to the genus Eoperipatus. The species name was given after a Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. Because the velvet worm looked somewhat like the multi-legged cat that runs as a bus (Catbus) in the film. / via @Charlie Loyd
The structure of bird feet is set up so that the foot automatically grasps when the ankle joint is bent. This automatic grip allow birds to sleep while perching, and for raptors clench/grasp prey as the leg is folded on impact. The mechanism of the foot is ingenious…. there’s no muscle in there at all. The foot is powered entirely by a pulley system of tendons.
Inflating a set of cat lungs [gif] / Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called aveoli, Mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air. / via migurski
New record: World’s oldest animal is 507 years old / "The pattern in Ming’s growth rings does not only provide scientists with an accurate age of the animal; the A. islandica can also provide a unique insight into past climate conditions. By examining the various oxygen isotopes in the growth rings, scientists can determine the sea temperature at the time when the shell came into being."
We spend a lot of time looking at cat videos, cat photos, all things cat. But what do cats see when they look at us and the world around them? The photos hypothesize what human and cat vision looks like. Human vision is up top and cat vision is below.