Category Archives: Animal News

Black Penguin Sighting

I didn’t even know that black penguins existed! 

Dr. Allan Baker’s, an ornithologist and professor of Environmental and Evolutionary Studies at the University of Toronto and head of the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum, first response upon seeing the photo was:  "Wow. That looks so bizarre I can’t even believe it. Wow." 

 

Dino Colors Revealed

When I was in elementary schools dinosaurs were all green or grey…not very attractive critters at all. I guess they originally went with those colors because they felt like they were colored like the reptiles of present day and because they probably thought they would be colored to hide in their surroundings. Now, through pigment analysis possible because of today’s technology,  we can see that greens and borwns were definitely not the norm…

For more on how this was done, you can read the rest of the article atNational Geographic.

Marine Landlords

 

Red Groupers, which are prevalent along the coast of Florida, are the ‘beavers’ of the marine community. They find holes in the sea floor and excavate the loose sediment from them to make a home for themselves.
The openings become dream properties for corals, sponges, and sea anemones, as well as cleaner fish, crabs, and spiny lobsters seeking refuge from predators. 

 
 

The fish meticulously maintain their holes, clearing away any stray sand or debris.

In return, the groupers get regular grooming sessions from the cleaner fish, a safe haven to attract mates, and, occasionally, an easy meal, the study says.

For an interesting video and more information about the red grouper, visit National Geographic.

Glass Frog

I still follow interesting news from National Geographic. My favorite articles are about new species being found or interesting animals.  So, today, I hit a twofer. The link will take you to some photos of amazing new species of animals. One of the photos says the critter in that photo was found in Ecuador. I am guessing they all were, but they don’t all say. Anyway, here is my favorite!

glass frog

Isn’t that little guy amazing? The glass frog lacks pigmentation, so you can see how everything inside is working! I think that is soooo cool!  Apparently there are 150 species of glass frog.   And here is another interesting link with information about the glass frog. Enjoy!

 

Some Headlines That Caught My Eye Today

Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities – It isn’t oil. It is biological. It may be some sort of algae bloom, but no one remembers ever seeing anything like it. I am wondering if it is the Blob! After all, they did find the remains of a bird (bones and feathers) in it….
The tiddler who caught a monster: Schoolgirl angler nets record catch that’s twice her size and weighs 14stone – This is an amazing story! This young English girl has broken the world’s record too!




H1N1 pandemic spreading too fast to count: WHO – This story just scares me! I am not only worried about the overall affect on the world of a pandemic, but I have plans to go to Australia and New Zealand in two months…geez!
Treatment neutralizes muscular dystrophy in mice – This is an awesome story! I once worked with a child with muscular dystrophy. She died when she was 4 years old. She was an amazing little girl. I know Jerry Lewis must be smiling.

Lynx Kittens Signal Success in Colorado

lynx kitten

Lynx kittens are sign of hope in Colorado.  Ain’t that just the cutest little thing you ahve ever seen? 

The discovery of ten lynx kittens this spring marks the first time newborn lynx have been documented in Colorado since 2006, heartening biologists overseeing restoration of the mountain feline. Lynx were wiped out in Colorado in the early 1970s.  Approximately 200 lynx from Canada and Alaska have been released in Colorado in recent years.

Echidna???

You know that I love animals! Well check out this interesting little fellow!




Is that the most interesting thing ever or what? It’s body parts remind one of a mole, a pig, a porcupine, and an anteater! And one of his legs resembles a human foot to me! This shy little guy is only found in the rainforests of New Guinea and a few surrounding islands.
One thing that makes him neat is that he is one of three living species of mammals that lays eggs to reproduce (these mammals are called monotremes).
Scientists say they can learn a lot by studying this little guy…when they are able to catch up with him!