Bioluminescence may not seem to be that weird today after many of us have seen it online for many years now, but it never ceases to amaze me. As a kid, I never knew about this wonderful phenomenon and I still remember the first time I saw glowing plankton on YouTube or NatGeo or somewhere. I may not recall where but I do remember that unearthly glow that made me take a breath and remember how much magic there is in science.
It's a weird animal, but it sure is adorable: the white baby reindeer captured by photographer Mads Nordsveen is stealing everyone's heart. The calf even posed for the photographer's attention. He was able to approach the little calf and look directly into its eyes as he snapped the photos to share with the world.
None of these animals are particularly weird, especially when it comes to all of the different weird animals out there, but all of them eat in ways that might surprise you. Did you know that snails have some pretty fearsome-looking teeth, or that katydids hold their food with their appendages? This video depicts different animals eating in different ways and some of them might surprise you. Just watching the beta eat mosquito larvae made me wish I had beta surrounding my house.
The more we learn about ancient animals and their behavior, the more facinating they seem. Many ancient creatures seem like alien life forms for as much as they don't resemble today's creatures, and with so much ocean life left to explore, how could we possibly ever get bored with this subject? Take prehistoric sharks, for example. The Squalicorax, it has been found out, used to dine on the pterosaur, otherwise known as a flying lizard.
A virginal birth used to be something reserved for religion and myth, which are the same thing, depending on who you ask. Yet now we're not so sure. Two komodo dragons have laid viable eggs in Europe that seem to be doing well--completely without fertilization. If those things hatch, will we have a new paradigm regarding reptilian reproduction?
It's weird news, but it's good news: Costa Rica is closing every zoo in order to release all of the country's animals. They are opting for cage-free habitats for their animals from now on! While they still have contracts with two zoos to maintain for another decade, once those expire the country plans to allow those animals to live cage-free as well.
The tiny, rare gazelle known as the Speke's gazelle has some pretty interesting features. For starters, the small animal has the most incredible nose ever seen in a mammal (maybe aside from the elephant). Its nose inflates to assist in making calls! The honking noise made by the endangered animal can be increased just by adding in more air.
Death is never funny or something to mock, but I can empathize with the rage of a creature who is used for entertainment and rides against its will every day. When I was a kid, my mother and I boycotted the circus that other kids attended, and while I was young I remember feeling a little jealous that they'd been able to ride an elephant and I hadn't. Now I would never attempt to do such a thing.
Over the weekend, my family and I had the chance to see the Tsavo lions at the Chicago Field Museum. The entire trip was a treat with so many exhibits we didn't even get to see half of the museum, but the research behind the lions sure made them less mysterious and more sympathetic than we'd ever imagined.
If you've ever wondered how alligators survive the coldest months of the year, you need to take a peek at these photos of gators in a frozen North Carolina pond. (Who thinks of North Carolina when they think of gators, by the way? It totally makes sense but the focus is always farther south.) It's amazing to see how the alligators survive!