caimanes

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Photographer, Alexandra Sailer captured a caiman that was basking in the sun in the tropical wetland of Pantanal, Southern Brazil, when the striking orange butterflies came to rest on its nose. Immediately irritated, the caiman tried to shake the butterflies off but they hung on tight and eventually it was forced to take to the water to wash them off. [Article]

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brazil’s yacare caiman were once hunted to near extinction for their valuable skin, but thanks to a global ban on the trade, its home in the pantanal — the world’s largest wetland, situated along along the paraguay river — now supports the world’s largest population of crocodiles. the caiman, however, face new threats: deforestation, dams, tourism, mining and seaport development.

photos by luciano candisani, who notes that the caiman are neither aggressive nor fearful but, for the most part, approachable - especially when busy with the shoal fish seen here in the pantanal’s shallow, murky waters.

Kindergarten Theory

I keep seeing theories that like… Jasper is a fusion. And I’m sorry but. That’s not horrifying enough for me. Anyways, the basic facts people have are that? 

  • Jasper has irises, like many fusion gems.
  • Jasper as a rock is an aggregate, or made from multiple gems.

Along with this is the theory is hte prevalent theory that Jasper is one of the successful gems made from the Kindergarten on Earth. 

The kindergarten is… regarded as vaguely horrifying by the crystal gems, so it’s obviously. Unnatural in some way. In a way that normal gem creation isn’t. Think of 

So, to summarize the basic assumptions for my theory:

  • Jasper is also a kindergarten gem.
  • Jasper is an aggregate (created from multiple things).

  • Kindergarten gems are created in a way seen as ‘unnatural’. 
Now, one more assumption, something that is shown time and time again throughout the series and implied by the presence of war.
  • During and after the war, there were several corrupted gems. Several gems on both sides were destroyed during the war.

Now think back again to Jasper’s status as an ‘aggregate gem’.

The kindergarten essentially recycles the bodies of dead or damaged gems. Running out of gems in the war effort, they used the remains of other gems to create new soldiers.

Amethyst is described as ‘overcooked’, likely to the point that it was no longer obvious she was an aggregate.

Dwarf Caiman - Paleosuchus palpebrosus

Also named Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Crocodylia - Alligatoridae) is a small, South American caiman, found near rivers and inundated savanna areas. This species is the smallest of the family. Males grow to about 1.3-1.5 meters, while the females grow to 1.2 meters. 

Paleosuchus palpebrosus is a social species with diverse and interesting behaviors. Like most crocodilians, they can convey social messages through sounds, postures, movements, smells, and touch. Although most crocodilians are somewhat social, P. palpebrosus are typically found alone or in pairs. 

Systematic studies of adults indicate that there are dominance hierarchies within groups. The most hostile and aggressive individuals appear to be the most dominant. These individuals control access to mates, nest sites, food, and living space. Dominance is asserted and maintained by social signals and displays.

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Photo credit: ©Thierry Montford | Locality: French Guiana (2008)