natgeo Video: @tbfrost | Please see link in my profile to read the entire Australia crocodile conservation story on the National Geographic Magazine website. I’ve shared this video before, and while many of you have seen it many of you have not - and nonetheless , it is worth re posting to remind the world that crocodiles are - I think anyways - the best designed animal on the planet. Their jaws slam shut with incredible power, anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 pounds per square inch, perfect for grabbing prey and holding on and crushing bone. Across their legs and backside they have both osteoderms and scutes. The osteoderms are a bone filled scale that forms an almost impenetrable armor. The scutes, also formed with bone, help protect the crocodile but, as one of my instagram followers reminded me, serve another purpose: their design and formation on the back of the crocodile create cross currents that cancel each other out which is why when they swim it barely disturbs the surface of the water. And then we have their tails, pure muscle so strong it can propel a crocodile completely out of the water! like this one on the Adelaide river in the Northern Territory of Australia.
This wonderful sketch page of Adelaide was made by @sylladexter who knocked it out of the park. It really was wonderful to see just how much emotion and movement these sketches had and the top notch expressions. Not only seeing all these multiple angles but also the handling of the clothing and the way it falls and flows makes it feel like its own character. I really can’t choose a fav sketch of the the bunch, i just love em all. Thanks again ^^
southaustraliaSo… this is how echidnas roll in Adelaide! When you’re built like a big, round pin cushion you can expect to take the odd tumble or two - especially when your mates give you a helping hand! Neil Edwards stumbled across this parade of echidnas on a photo mission in the Onkaparinga Hills. While he was busy training his lens on birds and kangaroos, he spotted a little movement as he was packing up for home - and what happened next clearly made his day! These shy monotremes (egg laying mammals) are pretty common around these parts, and right now it’s mating season so they’re more active during the day. If you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for ‘echidna trains’ – where one female is followed by up to 10 males at a time! That’s apparently what’s happening here… and good luck to the young lady! #SeeSouthAustralia [📍Location: just a 2 hr flight from Sydney to #Adelaidein #SouthAustralia ]