island of borneo


Clouded leopards are found on a number of small islands in Vietnam and Borneo, and there has been a lot of speculation as to how they got there.  The answer is quite simple; these cats are excellent swimmers!  Clouded leopards will readily and eagerly enter water to explore new territory, find prey, or just cool off on hot days.

Welp. It was nice being the dominant species while it lasted.

5 Animals Who Taught Themselves Human Skills

#5. Orangutans Are Learning to Spearfish

In 2008, workers at an animal sanctuary on the island of Kaja in Borneo noticed the apes hanging from tree branches and attempting to spearfish with harpoons, just like the locals do. In other words, the orangutans saw us using weapons to cause harm to other species and quickly realized how powerful and awesome that makes you feel. Look at that majestic bastard up there. He even seems proficient, dangling precariously above water that we assume is full of deadly piranhas, steadying himself for a lethal strike of laser-like precision.

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The Legend of the Mermaid, a creature with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish, has circulated the worlds oceans as far back as 5,000 B.C.E

The Sightings
•First Century AD, Pliny the Elder writes about Nereids – women with rough scaly bodies like fish, a mythological precursor to mermaids.

•Fifth Century AD, Physiologus in his Bestiary describes the real mermaid with the upper body of a woman and the lower of a fish, split at about the navel. The book is a study of animals and their natures and remains influential until the 18th century.

•13th Century, Bartholomew Angelicus in his book De Propietatibus Rerum described the mermaid as a femme fatale stealing sailors from their ships.

•1493, January 4, Christopher Columbus reports seeing three mermaids playing about and jumping out of the water. He says, “They were not as beautiful as they are painted, although to some extent they have a human appearance in the face….”

•1560, Bosquez, aide to the Viceroy of Goa, performed autopsies on 7 mermaids caught by fishermen in Ceylon.

•1599, in the book Historia Monstrorum a mermaid and her mate are reported embracing near the Nile River delta.

•1608, June 15, Henry Hudson, explorer and discoverer of the Hudson River, records seeing a mermaid near Russia. He wrote in his log: Two crew members - Thomas Hilles and Robert Rayner - sighted a mermaid at 75° 7’ N, and shouted at the rest of the crew to come and look. Hudson further recorded it as having a “tail of a porpoise and speckled like a mackerel.” She was “looking earnestly on the men” who gathered on the side to see her. The description Hudson wrote says she had very white skin, “speckled like a macrell” (mackerel), long black hair, white skin and a woman’s breasts - with the tail of a porpoise.

•1614, John Smith sees a mermaid off the coast of Massachusetts

•1718, a “sea wife” is caught off the island of Borneo and put in a large vat, where it died after a few days. It was heard to utter cries like a mouse.

•1739, sailors of the ship Halifax caught and ate several mermaids in the East Indies. Said they tasted like veal.

•1811, a farmer near Kintyre reported spotting a real mermaid washing herself and combing her hair.

•1830, a farm woman in the Outer Hebrides spotted a mermaid frolicking in the water. They were unable to capture her alive but did manage to kill her with a rock. The corpse was seen and described in detail by Alexander Carmichael, a well-known scholar.

•1842, Phineas T. Barnum displays the famous Feejee Mermaid at his American Museum on Broadway in New York City.

•1857, June 4, a reliable report of a real mermaid with “full breast, dark complexion and comely face” seen off the coast of Britain.

•1947, Island of Muck, 80-year-old man reports seeing a real mermaid sitting on a lobster trap and combing her hair.

•2004, wild internet reports of a mermaid corpse seen in Chennai, India, after the famous Christmas tsunami. Photographs were included, but research shows that the pictures had been circulating for some time before the tsunami.

Beyond eyewitness sightings of the Mermaid, there remains no physical evidence of the creature’s existence. Although many of the witnesses, who report sighting the Mermaid, are highly credible, until modern science has an actually corpse, not another hoax like the Feejee Mermaid, the creature will remain nothing but a legend.