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peevishpants · 3 months ago
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Here are the sharks again but cut up into tumblr-digestible pieces!!
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have you ever wanted to learn about some hipster sharks you may or may not have heard of before?
because BOY do i have a bucket of Fun Shark Trivia for YOU
(drew and researched these pages for pinkcloverpress on twitter for an Animal-themed magazine last year!!! Twas a blast to get back to my Science-y roots for a hot second)
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protectoursharks · a month ago
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Clione limacina or Sea Angels
Sea Angels are a type of predatory sea snail. They’ve evolved an impressive defense mechanism for a mollusk- they produce a chemical compound that deters fish from eating it. This is the only example in which a chemical defense is produced by a mollusk that isn’t gained from its diet. 
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ocean-fact-of-the-week · 10 days ago
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OFOTW #410
Flashlight fish are a family of fish with the ability to bioluminesce. They utilize the glow of a type of bacteria by flashing in a pouch under their eyes to confuse their predators. This makes it hard to tell where one fish ends and another begins.
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sirprincessbutchtwink · a year ago
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Saw this screenshot of a Twitter post on Instagram and I stole it to put it on Tumblr because it fits my aesthetic
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blunt-science · 5 months ago
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A baby Aardvark and the strange teeth of their order “Tubulidentata”. Aardvarks are the sole living member of their mammalian order which includes another 15 or so creatures. They evolved shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs and are evidently named for their strange tube like teeth.
Each tooth is made of thin, hexagonal, parallel tubes that have their own pulp canals. The teeth have no enamel coating and they grow constantly throughout their lives, being worn down by usage. They also only have teeth at the back of their jaws, which are molars. Oddly, baby Aardvarks grow regular mammalian Incisors and Canines at the front of the jaw that fall out during adolescence and never grow back.
The name Aardvark means “Earth Pig” in Afrikaans and they are commonly thought to be Anteaters due to their similar appearance and the fact that they can consume up to 50,000 ants a day. But in reality, they aren’t closely related to Anteaters at all, but share a close lineage with Elephants.
Aardvarks almost exclusively eat ants and termites, but they also eat a fruit that they share a symbiotic relationship with, known as the Aardvark Cucumber. The animal defecates the seeds near their burrows into the loose, rich soil allowing the seeds to grow much faster compared with normal soil. Also, the specific environment within the intestines of the animal increases the fertility, and thus the probability of the survival of the seeds. 
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thevortexbloguk · a year ago
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Here are some interesting facts about the raven:
• They are one of the most intelligent birds on the planet - they can solve tasks, play tricks on other animals and can count
• Ravens can imitate human speech just like parrots
• They can reach 2 feet in size from head to tail - bigger than some cats
• Ravens do things just for fun, such as sliding down snowy hills, swooping when flying, and they even build their own toys out of sticks and rocks
• People who have owned ravens have said they are cat-like in nature and can be very cuddly and affectionate, but can throw a strop when they don't get their way
• Science has found that ravens can communicate by "gesturing", and point their beak in certain directions to tell other ravens where to go
• When they reach adolescence, ravens leave their parents to find other teenage ravens and join "teenage gangs"
• Ravens are monogamous and mate for life
• Although they have been seen for centuries to represent death and sadness, ravens are compassionate, loving animals and will console their raven friends if they have been injured
All in all, ravens are amazing and beautiful animals!
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nonbinarystarcomics · 2 months ago
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#autgust : Autistic Animal Mascots... 🐾
Which animal symbols do yall relate to?
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[Image transcriptions below]
Cats: "mew" • Like to make little noises to communicate • come off as aloof but actually just show affection differently • sometimes like touch...sometimes NO • ZOOM
Bats: often sensitive to light • unheard communication • known for flapping (literally called "Bats") • so misunderstood - and feared??? • Needs dark and quiet
Birds (especially corvids and parrots): Sounds Galore! Some even mimic sounds they hear • More flapping • puzzle solvers • some are prone to anxiety when favorite person is gone • unique senses of style
Whales (Dolphins, "whales", porpoises, belugas, narwhals): "EEEEE" • Some are very social, othrs are shy and roam the world humming ethereal tunes in the darkness we cannot comprehend • they do flips and spins just for fun • Sound sensitive. Noise pollution is harmful • Trickster Gods. But also have shown great empathy
Fireflies: Light it Up Gold! • Nonverbal Communication • Just love dark nights and cozy leaf litter • sensitive environmental changes • Somehow... we always find each other in the darkness ♡
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caprimulgiblog · 2 months ago
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Fun Fact
Potoos share a more recent common ancestor with hummingbirds than they do with owls. So, that means these two birds are more closely related to each other..
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...than these two birds, which really aren’t that closely related at all :) 
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eddieintheocean · a month ago
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footage of an endangered shark was recorded in wales
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angel sharks are a critically endangered species of shark. their flat bodies and ray-like wings are excellent for camouflage and blending into the seafloor. this is an uncommon feature in sharks.
there are roughly 22 species and they live in warm temperate and tropical oceans.
[unrelated]
while researching more on angel sharks I found out that shark scoliosis is a thing ???
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rats-for-you-and-me · 3 months ago
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Fun facts about rats!
Rats are cleaner then cats and dogs!
Rats love to cuddle!
Rats love fruits!
Rats are very social animals so should be kept in groups.
Rats really like to be up high.
Rats lack the neck muscles you need in order to throw up so they can't vomit.
Rats are super duper smart! They are used to find drugs, bodies, and to leave messages in war.
Over all rats are amazing!!!
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protectoursharks · a month ago
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Crocodylus porosus or the Saltwater Crocodile 
Saltwater crocodiles live from Northern Australia to Eastern India and South-East Asia. Unlike their name suggests, they can also thrive in freshwater. While they have a very high infant mortality rate (only 1% survive) they have fairly long lifespans; they can live anywhere between 65 to even 100 years old. 
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ocean-fact-of-the-week · a month ago
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OFOTW #407
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Seagrasses are the only marine plant that is known to flower. There are about 60 species that do this.
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daily-fun-animal-facts · 12 days ago
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Capybaras
They can run as fast as 35 kph (21 mph)! They are also extremely agile, which helps them run away from predators.
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hollowsart · 6 days ago
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North America's only marsupial, I love them dearly. Nature's vacuum.
They're also immune to most snake venom as they eat venomous snakes, too, and they are immune to rabies as well! Awesome!
They're also very adorable 💕
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cryptonature · a month ago
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Let people like what they like.
I mean, if someone had stood in the way of that one shark who loved a panda, we wouldn't have orcas today.
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sonicsmeteor · 5 months ago
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For anyone who's interested it's in absolutely no way a stretch for Charmy to be able to carry both Vector and Espio with ease. I did some math.
Charmy weights 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds.
Bees can easily lift up to 122 times their own body weight (bees are actually stronger than ants in this sense).
10×122 = 1,220 kilograms.
22×122 = 2,684 pounds.
Vector weighs 200 kilograms, or 440 pounds.
Espio weighs 36 kilograms, or 79.3 pounds.
Combine them and you get 236 kilograms, or 519.3 pounds, meaning carrying both Espio and Vector would be a piece of cake for Charmy.
Charmy could also very easily carry 6 Vectors with little to no issue. Do with that what you will.
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wintertidewater · 4 months ago
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Women, remember to support mosquitoes who try to bite you this month because the ones that drink blood are female so it’s just some girl on girl action go lesbians
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tiz-aves · a year ago
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The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is one of my favourite birds, mainly because it’s hella gay. An estimated one-quarter of all parings are homosexual, mostly males. These pairs have been observed to either steal eggs, or form a relationship with a female, driving her away after the eggs have been laid.
The black swan is almost exclusively herbivorous, and while there is some regional and seasonal variation, the diet is generally dominated by aquatic and marshland plants.
Photo credits: Jón Óskar Hauksson
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babyanimalgifs · a year ago
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Rats giggle when you tickle them. Their voices are so high-pitched you need special equipment to hear them, but when you do, their laughs are immediately evident. 
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penguinfacts · 6 months ago
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How does penguins vision work?
 Hi! Thanks for sending this in. I recognize it took quite a while to answer but here we go: Penguins are very much reliant on sight, just as much as a lot of other birds. They have to have pretty clear vision on both land and in the water and that leads to some interesting stuff!  Color: They spend most of their time in the water, and because just five meters under water you can’t see much red and yellow daylight, their ability to see nuances in those colors is limited. However, they can see lots of nuances in green and blue!
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Water: When we look under water, our vision is quite blurry, or at least not very acute. That’s because our eyes need air in front of them to properly refract light (in such a way that we can see). Penguins, however, don’t have this issue! Their eyes aren’t as vaulted as ours are and they have stronger eye muscles that let the lens transform more.
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(x) Catching Fish: African Penguins, more often than not, "catch their prey from below and kill it by a bite in the belly, directly behind the gills.” This is because they have very low depth of focus and can’t see very much in front of them while swimming, about 17 degrees is in their field of vision. but their vertical vision above their beak is more like 80 degrees! Allowing for much better ability underwater to catch fish if their prey is above them.
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