Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category

Happy Valentine’s Day: Unusual Insect Mating Rituals

Posted by admin on June 1, 2012  |   No Comments »

Here are the courting habits of seven different insects and arachnids. <3

Photo credit: Shannon McKown

Video: Ram Rumble

Posted by admin on June 1, 2012  |   No Comments »

You may have seen rams butting heads in cartoons, but here’s the real deal: these big-horned sheep battle for mating rights with 40-lb. horns.  Watch the video from National Geographic below.

See Through Animals

Posted by admin on May 25, 2012  |   No Comments »

Mother Nature Network has compiled a slideshow of nature’s most intriguing transparent creatures.  Check out the pictures here.

Number of Genes Not Related to Animal Size

Posted by admin on May 25, 2012  |   No Comments »

Scientists at Indiana University Bloomington and U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute have found that the water flea has a gene count 30% greater than humans. In addition, to having an astoundingly high gene count, more than 1/3 have never been seen before in other animals. Check out more about the water flea’s genes here.

Costumed Scientists Release Pandas

Posted by admin on May 25, 2012  |   No Comments »

Eager to keep captivity-bred pandas as wild as possible, scientists at China’s Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center have taken to dressing themselves up as giant pandas during interactions with the soon-to-be-released cubs.  Their goal is to prevent any exposure to humans and allow the pandas to survive as long as possible on their own.  See the pictures here.

New Species of Fish Walks with Hands

Posted by admin on May 25, 2012  |   No Comments »

The pink handfish can be found in the waters off Tasmania.  What is truly amazing about this creature is its locomotion- it uses handlike fins to walk on the ocean floor rather than swim.  See photos of this rare and little-studied fish here.