the wwf’s living planet report 2014, which discovered that we’ve lost half of all the world’s wildlife in the past fourty years, showed more specifically that the population of common dormice dropped by 43 percent between 1993 and 2010.
not only are dormice vulnerable to habitat loss, but they’re hesitant to cross open fields, and the grubbing out of hedgerows in recent decades has removed the wildlife corridors between woods that has allowed the dormice to move more freely to new habitat.
dormice have very specialized diets of berries and nuts, and with less habitat they are unable to seek out enough food to fatten up before their six month hibernation. (click pic x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x)
If you polled people on marine life they thought was cute, sea slugs would probably rate somewhere near the bottom if they made the list at all. That’s a shame, though, as the amusingly named nudibranch group is full of vivid color, out-there shapes, and even downright adorableness.
But maybe the sea slug’s image is about to change because the Japanese Net, purveyors of all things cute, have just discovered Jorunna parva, the fluffy little bunnies of the sea. The Japanese name for Jorunna parva is gomafu biroodo umiushi, which loosely translates to black speckled velvet sea slug.
And if you think those pictures of the Pacific sea slug are cute, check out the little fluff-ball in very slow action, captured on film by a diver off Shizuoka Prefecture.
Now that the episode is out I can talk about why I love Lil’ Buddy so much. It’s such a good portrayal of how kids can act out because they don’t know any other way of coping with their feelings. I grew up knowing a lot of kids who would act like Clarence did in this episode. I was always told by adults that those kids were just bad eggs, when in reality there was probably a lot more going on.
Hats off to Spencer, Steven, and Niki, because they hit it out of the park with this one!
this is a sea angel (clione limacina), photographed by alexander semenov swimming with its wing like fins in russia’s white sea. these translucent pteropods, measuring only a few centimeters in length, are actually sea snails sans shells. lacking this cumbersome but protective shell, sea angels instead synthesize bad tasting compounds that dissuade predators from eating them. (see also: bobtail squid and josh lambus’ work)
‘Lil Buddy was a really great episode, but it tore my heart apart!
I genuinely started crying at the end of the episode! To see Clarence change from being always happy to being depressed and angry just crushed my heart! The ending was just very sweet and heartwarming!
I love this episode so much! Please don’t hurt this child again! <333