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Nature Freaks Me Out Sometimes

sometimes from close up, sometimes from far away, sometimes over a long period of time

Waterton Lake Eclipse by Yuichi Takasaka

Ants Build Complex Structures With a Few Simple Rules | Simons Foundation

Waterbear / Tardigrade

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"As a hydrogeologist, this is porn for me." via @James Leng

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.

When Trilobites Ruled the World / "A well-preserved trilobite specimen from Morocco that lived during the Devonian Period roughly 400 million years ago."

  • Jim Rienhardt

    The marketing for the brine shrimp (sea monkeys) is very misleading. They sometimes actually claim that you are buying trilobites, so Jessica, you're confusion is understood. Be skeptical of things you buy.

  • Jenny Koba

    They have a thing called triops they are similar but they are not brine shrimp. I had some triops and they were about 2 inches long and black and looked like swimming roaches. I ran out of food and I gave them beta fish food and they died.

  • Duncan Masters

    Some modern isopods also look a bit like trilobites. I don't know about buying them.

  • Richard Larose

    So you mean, we could raise shrimp in the Moroccan desert in brackish water canals that filter down to giant aquifers, only to be pumped back to the circular fields by a wind mill and be fertilized by the algae grown also in the canals?

  • Kris Nott

    ^^^^^^^ is the above comment intended for this pin?

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Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin report that crazy ants are actually able to detoxify fire ants’ venom, helping them displace this usually dominant species.

  • Kari Jucksch Martin

    But crazy ants are going to invade and will be very dangerous to our homes. Do your research on these things.

  • Richard Larose

    How about invasive account ants from the Middle East?

"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

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The Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus - meaning "blood-colored six-gills") is a dorid nudibranch

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Pregnant Pygmy Seahorse

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A red fox pinpoints field mice buried deep beneath the snow, using his sensitive hearing and the magnetic field of the North Pole to plot his trajectory. / also, the cutest thing.

"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

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH / via @Mike McCaffrey

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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 Largest Living Thing on Earth / DIY TV

True Facts About The Mantis / ze frank!

Dallol - The World's Weirdest Volcanic Crater / via @binx

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.

  • Sha Hwang

    "It’s particularly interesting in raptors. Raptors swoop down on prey with talons/legs outstretched. The impact with the prey folds the raptor’s legs against its body, causing the talons to clench automatically, tearing into the prey. The automatic grip is strong enough to kill, and is what allows many hawk species to catch and kill other birds in midair. The ingenuity and perfection of this mechanism is mind-blowing."

  • Uncle Milkins

    Perfect and awesome...

  • Katy Osterwald

    It's perfect until Bald Eagles and other fishing raptors nab a fish that is too large for them to fly off with, can't let go cause their feet don't work that way, and end up drowning. Birds are fascinating!

  • Angie Mantooth

    That's amazing I did not know this.. THX!!

  • Rodrigo Lince

    Great tumbler blog. Thankyou @Sha Hwang

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

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Sandra Selig, Universes 2007. Spider silk, enamel and fixative on paper. 42 x 29.5cm

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."

  • Jorge Garcia

    I am getting hungry, clams or mussels anyone?

  • 80swoman

    Too late, 'scientists' already took care of it!

  • Heather Martin-Kuhn

    they did the same thing with the FIRST giant squid they found, and then it was yrs til another surfaced

  • Liz Barry

    Same with the oldest tree ever found...they cut it down to study it, and then were shocked to find out what they had done

  • 80swoman

    Why is it that the more 'advanced' we become, the more brains we lose???

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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.

  • Gregg Tracton

    Back in the 1990's, folks in the vision world hypothesized that people have fairly equal acuity in horizontal and vertical directions, whereas cats have a strong horizontal component but only a weak vertical component. This is supported by inspecting the neural wiring behind the eye where this processing takes place. Cats lack the up-down connections between rods/cones that detect motion and possibly shapes in that direction. Explains alot about how cats act, methinks. :)

  • Elena Sullivan

    Interesting!

  • Judith Davidsen

    How much is hypothesis and how much is proven?

  • Dorieke de Wind

    I think you cannot really prove it, because you can not look trough a cats eyes

  • Gregg Tracton

    we know fairly well how most animals see. what we don't know is why they are the ways they are.

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Grey Goblin [gif] / via @binx