January 1, 2015
Check out this leap, Tigers are amazing creatures with great athleticism.
September 2, 2009
I recently stumbled on this video of what I think must be one of the strangest birds in the world. It looks so much like a furby. When I looked them up on Wikipedia, they do actually exist and are not fake.
See this link below on Wikipedia.
October 8, 2008
Photo: The Flys Eye
Close up view of a Flys Eye, very interesting and thanks to University of Hawaii at Manoa via photosfan.com for the image.
August 23, 2008
Lots of funny animal clips here. This video has been around for a while, so if you have seen it then maybe you can laugh all over again. If not sit back and enjoy some
July 20, 2008
Video: Google Video
HaHaHaHaHa… Good to see, I’ve never considered hunting a sport, think about it, you use a high powered rifle with a scope to kill some poor creature and call it ‘sport’?… if you did the same thing to another human, it would be murder.
OK, I know that there are circumstances where you have to cull certain animals for various reasons. In Australia for instance, feral pigs, cats, dogs, dear, buffalo, goats and camels can cause enormous damage to our delicate Aussie bush and our farms, and I’m all for shooting programs, either to bring down their numbers or even to wipe them out, to protect that delicate bush.
We also have situations where the Kangaroos end up in plague proportions; largely because we have changed the balance, and we have to kull them. Now don’t get me wrong here, I have no problem with this culling, in fact I’m some what pissed off when a bunch of bleeding harts try to stop these culls… sort of a save Skippy thing.
I’m also pissed off when these same people, protest at Kangaroos being ‘farmed’… because “You can’t eat our national symbol.” Well yes you can, the Aboriginals have for some 60,000 years or more. It’s also one of the healthiest meats having very low cholesterol and having the advantage that they do less harm to the bush than Beef… we should be farming them.
But killing for pleasure, no I’m sorry but I’m not happy with that. By the way, did you know that another reason given for the Kangaroo and the Emu being on our crest is because they can’t take a step backwards… an Australian trait all but gone in the last 30 years. Hears another fact. In every conflict that Aussie military personnel were involved in, it was our boys who were the first to win battles amongst the allies.
July 12, 2008
The Star-nosed Mole (Condylura cristata) is a small mole found in in eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States. It is the only member of the tribe Condylurini and the genus Condylura.
The Star-nosed mole lives in wet lowland areas and eats small invertebrates, worms, insects and mollusks. The mole is a good swimmer and can also forage along the bottom of streams and ponds. The mole digs shallow tunnels that it can use to forage for food.
The Star-nosed mole is covered in a thick black/brown water repellent fur, has large scaled feet and a long thick tail. It is the mole nose though which is it’s most distinctive feature, it has a circle of 22 mobile, pink, fleshy tentacles at the end of the snout, which is used to identify food by touch.
“The incredibly sensitive nasal tentacles are covered with almost one hundred thousand minute touch receptors known as Eimer’s organs. These were first described in the European Mole in 1871 by German zoologist Theodor Eimer. Other mole species also possess Eimer’s organs, though they are not as specialized or numerous as in the Star-nosed Mole. Because the Star-nosed Mole is functionally blind, it had long been suspected that the snout was used to detect electrical activity in prey animals, though there is little, if any, empirical support for this contention. It appears the nasal star and dentition of this species are primarily adapted to exploit extremely small prey items. A report in the journal Nature gives this animal the title of fastest-eating mammal, taking as short as 120 milliseconds (average: 227 milliseconds) to identify and consume individual food items. Its brain decides in the ultra short time of 8 ms if a prey is comestible or not. This speed is at the limit of the speed of neurons. They also possess the ability to smell underwater. It is done by exhaling air bubbles onto objects or scent trails and then inhaling the bubbles to carry the smell back through the nose.”
“The star of tentacles is formed in a unique way so far not seen other places in the animal world. Instead of growing in the same way fingers grow outward on a hand, they start as swellings on the face around the nose, and some days after birth they break free and move forward in the same way a banana is peeled.”
The Star-nosed mole is just one of the many amazing, yet not so well known creatures that inhabit this world, we will from time to time be showing more of these amazing inhabitants of this place we call home.
Website: Star-Nosed Mole
May 27, 2008
I am amazed! What makes the duckling want to feed the food to the fish. Is he hoping to fatten them up and then when he is bigger he can eat them? Whatever his reasons I am still amazed that he wants to feed them, he looks like he is enjoying doing it.
May 21, 2008
Flying fish!, That’s pretty amazing. What is also curious is that the fish appears to fly along beside the ferry that the person was filming from.
May 21, 2008
This mysterious fanged fish was found in pond in Utah. I don’t think I would like to go wading in that pond.
Four or five months ago I was swimming in our local river, as I was walking out of the water I felt this thing attacking my ankle, it was really latching on and biting me so I quickly got out of the water. Apparently it was a catfish and I had disturbed it’s breeding ring where it has it’s eggs laid.
When I got out of the water I had a small amount of blood dripping from my ankle and a few little bite marks. Somehow I don’t think that the fish in this video would have been quite so forgiving, you would really know it if it had latched on like the catfish did.
Anyways, my advise is stay out of the local ponds!
May 20, 2008
For those who been with us a while I must confess that I’m prone to the occasional act, of what I guess could be call Anarchy. Well it all started when I was dragged out of the Kenyan Bush and at the not so tender age of about 7 or 8; we all know what absolute terrors come from that age. Anyway, I was taken to church by the school I’d just started in England.
Actually, now that I think about it there had been an earlier incident. A teacher had dragged me out of the class by my ear for saying bloody, and she’d threatened to wash my mouth out with soap. I had no idea what I’d done, I didn’t know what was the problem, I had after all only been in this, my first British school, for a couple of hours… it made no sense. Where I grew up bloody wasn’t a big deal, but then I didn’t realize I was a heathen. What I did know was I’d never been woman handled like that before and I did not like it one little bit, and I realized this race of people and me weren’t going to get on at all.
So getting back to the church thing. As far as I was concerned it was bullshit, so I told my mum, a Norwegian heathen; my father was a British heathen who went back to Africa after flying Spitfires there during WWII. Anyway, I did not want to go to church again, so I got my mum to write me a note. She also wrote me a note because I did not want to wear a school tie… nor a uniform for that matter, but I consented to wear similar colors; though later much nicer styling, and still later when they tried to give me spelling detention; I’m dyslectic though at the time we did not know that, I got my mum to write a note saying not to put me on detention.
OK so you have the picture I guess, I’m a hard ass, I’m in your face if you screw with me or mine… but I love my mum and I still ring her just about every week, and I like animals, even cats, though I will occasionally torment them as I did to my mother’s bossy horse, who tried to put me in her pecking order. So I drove her nuts to the point she would go to the furtherest end of the paddock to try, unsuccessfully, to stop me from patting her. 🙂
About now your wondering what is Beam on about? Well I’m about to use another dirty word…
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