Here. Red Panda breaktime.Heyinto-the-weeds, excellent red panda photoset.
will do anything for foood
ok but seriously my favourite prehistoric animal is definitely andrewsarchus
THEIR JAW WAS A METER LONG
LOOK AT THAT SIZE COMPARISON
BUT THAT’S NOT THE BEST BIT
YOU SEE THEIR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES AREN’T BEARS
THEIR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES
Devil Rays Leap High Into The Air and No One Is Sure Why
by Chau TuThe Munk’s devil ray (Mobula munkiana), pictured above, got the nickname “tortilla” from the fishermen in the Gulf of California where the species lives, says Octavio Aburto, an assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who took the photo.One reason for the moniker, he says, is because this species is smaller than the three other devil ray species also found in the Gulf, averaging about three feet in wingspan compared with two or three times that size for its brethren. And secondly, the sound of the ray smacking its belly onto the ocean surface after jumping into the air is reminiscent of the slapping of tortilla dough between a chef’s palms.All 9 species of devil rays leap out of the water, but no one yet knows why, says Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, a marine ecologist who was the first to describe the Munk’s devil ray while he was earning a Ph.D at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the early 1980s. But as far as scientists can tell, the Munk’s devil ray is the only species that engages in “spectacular, frequently repeated jumping while in large-to-humongous groups,” he says, although it’s not yet clear if there’s a pattern to their leaping…(read more: Science Friday)photos: devil rays in Cabo Pulmo, Mex, by Octavio Aburto / iLCP
Illustrations Of Animals With Human Characteristics by Zarnala
Digital artist Kim Nguyen aka Zarnala has an amazing illustration series titled ‘Anthro’ and ‘Anthro II’ featuring stylish animals with human characteristics. In her illustrations, a jaguar transforms into a rockstar, suited monkeys and dogs turn into gun-toting gangsters, a fox preens as a demure geisha, and a bull terrier engages in a spot of baseball, all rendered with their own unique personalities and forms.
Absurd Creature of the Week:
This Marsupial Has Marathon Sex Until It Goes Blind and Drops Dead
by Matt Simon
In the forests of Australia, every year just before spring, there erupts a sexual frenzy unlike any other on Earth. It’s bigger than an ultra-romantic Neil Diamond concert, bigger even than spring break in Cancun. Here a tiny hyperactive marsupial called Antechinus sprints around mating almost non-stop for an exhausting three weeks, with single romps lasting as long as 14 straight hours.
Males relentlessly bound from partner to partner, as massive hormone releases in their bodies cause their immune systems to crash and their fur to fall out. They bleed internally. Some males even go blind, yet still stumble around the leaf litter hoping for one last tryst. In a few short weeks, every single male lies dead, leaving the females to raise their offspring. And so it seems that in perpetually dangerous Australia, even the sex can kill you…
(read more: Wired Science)
photos: Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum