remarkable animals

Article: Sharks as you won’t see them on Shark Week: Intelligent and remarkably social animals

“In experiments, scientists have learned that individual sharks have distinct personalities. They appear to develop closer relationships with certain sharks over others. They can be trained to recognize shapes and colors, remembering how to complete a task months or years later — and can even teach other sharks how to do things.” 

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“This is Aldous Huxley, a man haunted by a vision of hell on earth. Mr. Huxley wrote a Brave New World, a novel that predicted that some day the entire world would live under a frightful dictatorship. Today Mr. Huxley says that his fictional world of horror is probably just around the corner for all of us.”
 - Mike Wallace in 1958 on Aldous Huxley

In this remarkable animated interview by @blankonblank​, Huxley foretells a future when telegenic presidential hopefuls use television to rise to power, technology takes over, drugs grab hold, and frightful dictatorships rule us all. 

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“One of the issues that orca face is that they are such remarkable animals, and because of that people want to see them up close and personal…so there are other people who want to make a profit from that. They capture the orca from the wild, and they rip them out of their families and they dump them into these concrete tanks and make them perform tricks. People pay to go and see that, they’re brainwashed into thinking that this is a really good thing to see and a good thing to do, it’s “family entertainment”, and they  just don’t seem to realize how much these animals suffer.” - Dr. Ingrid N. Visser

ladynorbert  asked:

I'm chuckling at your remark about animals loving Robert Vaughn. One of the episodes he was in on Murder, She Wrote had him as a stable owner, and I remember thinking that the horses seemed quite fond of him.

Ahhh, I forgot about the horses, too!  The horses adoring him is really something because, according to an interview of his I read that was around the time of Hustle, he actually confessed that he was afraid of horses, and mused on the irony that he did so many Westerns and had all those horseback scenes, but, like his fear of drowning and the water scenes, did the scenes anyway.

But I guess it must have helped that the horses liked him, though! 💜

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Japanese Giant Salamander (Andrias japonicus), Tottori Prefecture, Honshu, Japan, ~1 m long

We owe a HUGE thanks to Dr Sumio Okada who showed us these remarkable animals. Sumio has been devoted to the study of Andrias ecology for > 20 years.  On this fine September day he first showed us this ~ 1 meter giant, then took us to see a “den master” male guarding eggs.  I’ve seen many wonderful animals in my life - this ranks easily as a top 5 highlight.

photograph/text by Marshal Hedin

It’s a tiny, toothy Fossil Friday!

Crocs today are mostly aquatic animals, but many early crocodylomorphs—the group that includes living crocs and their extinct relatives—were small animals that lived on land.

Many of the early crocodylomorphs were small, terrestrial hunters. Hoplosuchus kayi was a tiny (approximately 8 inches), graceful croc that lived about 140 million years ago in Utah. Its long legs were built for running and its needle-like teeth were probably adapted to eating insects, lizards, and other small animals. This remarkable fossil may be the only one known for the species.

See a cast of this fossil in the new exhibition, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, now open!

Image: © Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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