the-apex-predator

anonymous asked:

foolish. when you refuse to eat meat you refuse your right to the top of the food chain. The animals you campaign for would eat you alive given the chance.

Oh yes. Cows, pigs, chickens, etc., are such vicious predators

Look how ruthless they are

Truly murderous

Originally posted by mashable

But seriously, why do you think we’re at the top of the food chain? Do you have claws or sharp teeth? Are you adapted to run down a fast-moving prey animal, and then proceed to kill it with your bare hands? Do you have patterned skin for camouflage from prey animals? Does your mouth water at the thought of raw meat and the smell of blood? Are you a lion, or a shark, or a wolf? No. If eating meat was absolutely necessary for us this discussion would be over, but it’s not, which makes the killing of an animal unnecessary and therefore cruel.

(On a side note, why does this anon sound like a fucking villain from some cheesy anime, lmao)

I’ve seen a lot of videos going around of urban-dwelling critters coming to humans for help with various problems, ranging from boxes stuck on their heads to young trapped down a storm drain, and it’s gotten me to thinking:

On the one hand, it’s kind of fascinating that they know to do that.

On the other hand, setting any questions of how this sort of behaviour must have arisen aside for the nonce, does it ever strike you how weird it is that we’ve got a whole collection of prey species whose basic problem-solving script ends with the step “if all else fails, go bother one of the local apex predators and maybe they’ll fix the problem for no reason”?

Yeah, I see a lot of shark positivity posts on my dash these days and I really appreciate that. But I think something is being left out of the message so I’m just gonna say that:

  • YES, Sharks are not bloodthirsty monsters. They only do what they do because they are instinctively driven to do so.
  • NO, sharks are not your friends. They are not sea-puppies, gentle babies, or whatever BS anthropomorphic “cute” term you want to use to describe them.
  • YES, you are more likely to be killed by falling coconuts and any number of improbable circumstances than you are to be killed by a shark attack,
  • NO, sharks are not “harmless”. They are apex predators of their habitats and deserve to be treated with the same respect that you would give to a wild lion, bear, or wolf. JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT LIKELY TO ATTACK YOU DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY WON’T. ACCIDENTS CAN ALWAYS HAPPEN, AND A SHARK’S PATIENCE IS NOT LIMITLESS.
  • YES, you should take every precaution to prevent a shark from “test-biting” you.
  • NO, a test-bite is not just a harmless consequence of shark curiosity. A TEST-BITE CAN KILL YOU. Just because sharks generally release people after the first nip and don’t make any effort to eat them does not mean that the bite is somehow any less deadly. You will bleed out in the water if the wound is bad enough.
  • YES, sharks are endangered and unfairly demonised and worthy of our support.
  • NO, that does not mean that anthropomorphising them and spreading false information is okay. 

Please support sharks, but please, for the love of god, give them the respect they deserve when you do so. YOU ARE NOT HELPING THEM BY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO SWIM RIGHT INTO THEIR JAWS.

Split Fanon Syndrome is a term that I’m coining right now to refer to multifaceted characters whose personalities are interpreted in two or more distinct ways by fandom. When this happens, the people in each camp will accuse the other camp’s interpretation of being the “Fanon” version of a character, while their interpretation is the “Canon” version. In reality, though, both camps are correct, because a character can, in fact, exhibit multiple, different traits.

Notable examples of characters who suffer from Split Fanon Syndrome are Nepeta from Homestuck (innocent kitty girl | apex predator), and Sans from Undertale (angstlord mcpowerful | punman mcjoke). In reality, both of these characters exhibit both sets of personality traits, as they are complex characters.

Largest great white shark ever videotaped underwater?

Mexico’s Guadalupe Island is seasonal home to dozens of adult great white sharks, but as far as anyone knows, none is as large as a monstrous female nicknamed Deep Blue.

The massive predator, measuring 20-plus feet and boasting the girth of a fat hippo, was featured last year by the Discovery network, which aired part of a tagging effort that involved local researcher Mauricio Hoyos Padilla.

The shark, perhaps 50 years old, was said to be one of the largest white sharks ever tagged and videotaped, and on Tuesday Hoyos posted newly released footage of the same shark on Facebook, under the title, “I give you the biggest white shark ever seen in front of the cages in Guadalupe Island… DEEP BLUE!!!”

The footage reveals how small the divers in the cage appear to be, compared to the pregnant shark, which can be seen investigating objects around and attached to the cage, but ignoring the divers in a roof-less submerged steel cage.

Hoyos, reached Tuesday via email, said he discovered the 50-second clip this week in his computer. He could not remember who was behind the camera, only that the footage was obtained about the same time as when the Discovery crew was on site, in the fall of 2013.

That’s prime time for shark sightings at Guadalupe, which is located 165 miles west of Ensenada, in Baja California.

Divers and shark enthusiasts travel from all over the world to view white sharks in the gin-clear water beyond the island, which boasts an elephant seal colony, which is attractive to the sharks.

The clip was viewed more than 800,000 times and shared more than 16,000 times in the first 20 hours since it was posted on Hoyos’ Facebook page. Comments, mostly in Spanish, contained terms such as amazing, wow, and beautiful.

After all, who wouldn’t want to check out one of the largest white sharks ever videotaped, and the largest ever to grace curious cage divers at picturesque Guadalupe Island?

Read more at http://www.grindtv.com

Attempting pre-empting… 

One of my favourite bits of making this comic is the problem-solving in working out things like how a tortoise would wear a wristwatch. 

Happy Reading, creatures! 

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The ferocious roar of a mighty apex predator.

DIY Inspiration: Teeth Purse by Artist Nancy Fouts

Because it’s the little creepy details that are the scariest…

How can you make your own? Dentures and a coin purse. And yes, they sell dentures online - even at Amazon.

For a super cheap option, these are $8.55 for a set of 9 (left), or these $4.99 Vampire Teeth Fangs (right).

Or there are these dentures for $24

You can read more about Nancy Fouts and her Un-Think exhibit  here, and see a catalog of her works at her website www.nancyfouts.com - check out 2012 for the teeth purse.

Other Teeth DIYs and Inspiration

Amazon sells these resin teeth for $8.00 that would be great in a lot of DIY projects.

DIY Vampire Fang Necklace from Flickr Photostream of zozietoast here. The teeth are made out of polymer clay.

DIY Halloween Inspiration: Fantich & Young Apex Predator Shoes here.