british mammals


natgeotravel Video by @paulnicklen// Humpback whales lunge feed for herring and breach along the coast of British Columbia.


Another Bat!

This pipistrelle bat was brought in to us, after being found in the daytime. Like the brown long-eared bat from last week, pipistrelle bats hibernate and are not usually seen out at this time of year.

Interesting facts: There are more than 1,200 bat species in the world! Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide.

anonymous asked:

Hi there! Is there any way to tell a bobcat skull from a Lynx's? I've recently bought a Lynx skull, but it looks exactly like the bobcat skull I've had for a while, they're even the same size, I'm concerned I've just been given another bobcat 😰

Hi Anon! Lynx and bobcats have very similar skulls but there are a couple little things to look for to help tell them apart. I’m afraid I don’t have a lynx skull to use for comparison against a bobcat skull (sold it off a while back and haven’t had a chance to replace it) but here is a screenshot from a post on the forums with a fantastic illustration showing how to tell the difference between the two.

Closeup of the Illustration (Source:  Cowan, I. McT., and C. J. Guiguet. 1965. The Mammals of British Columbia. Handbook No. 11. Provincial Museum, Victoria. pp. 276.) Here’s the original post on

Hope that helps, Anon!


Wild Orca Splashdown par Ken Goldman Photography
Via Flickr :
Transient pod of killer whales hunting in the Gulf Islands, BC 2011-08-09 at 11-16-54

I like English things. I think English animals and forests are really cool. I like English gardens. I like the idea of the squirrel. I like moths, because they’re so tatty. They’re just so English. Crap butterflies. I like crap animals. Mammals that are tiny and you never see them because they’re rubbish. If you see a documentary about them you just turn it over. If it’s about frogs you think ‘aaah noooo,’ but if it’s about hyenas you watch it. British mammals, I’m bringing them back in.
—  Noel Fielding

Otter(a0417) by Martyn Cartledge ASP Photography
Via Flickr:
Juvenile Otter.