This super-adorable creature with a cartoon sheep’s face is Costasiella kuroshimae, a shell-less mollusk or sea slug that looks green because it can incorporate chloroplasts into its body from the algae it eats. The slug then uses these stolen parts to photosynthesise! This great shot by @jim_lynn_photography took out first place in Australasia Underwater Photo Competition 2014.
Do any other animals work out in the way humans do?
That’s an interesting question and I think first it’s important to consider the reasons humans work out in the first place. Lets be real, most humans like to build up muscle mass for aesthetic reasons, or people work out to lose weight often gained due to the abundance of food we have or our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
The problems mentioned above are exclusive to humans. In the wild, animals are constantly hunting which helps them to stay fit. Food is not in abundance, so these animals need to be cautious about conserving energy. Just excercising for the sake of excercising like we humans do, burns too much calories. For animals, this energy is best preserved for hunting/reproducing etc.
That being said, animals do engage in play and I don’t know if that is similar to humans playing sports recreationally?
If anyone else knows anything about this pls add to this post, I am interesed too!
If you want to use a Goodra on your team, you should probably take lots of showers. This adorable dragon loves to hug its trainer, only to leave them coated in their sticky slime. A variety of animals in our world coat their skin in slime like Goodra for lots of different reasons: let’s take a look at some of them!
First and foremost, we have frogs! Frogs, and a variety of other amphibians, rely on being able to survive both in and out of water. Considering that Goomy is found in the swampy Kalos Route 14, Goodra must be similar. To keep their skin moist when they’re out of water, frogs secret slime through their skin. Frogs have specific mucous glands in their skin that secret the slime.
Frogs can also breathe through their skin, known as cutaneous respiration. The moisture coating helps trap oxygen near their skin, allowing them to absorb it more easily. Several frogs also have poisonous or foul-tasting slime, repelling or warding off predators, not to mention making it easier to slip away and escape. Lastly, frogs have been shown to use their slime for temperature regulation. If they are too warm or too cold, they will coat themselves in more or less mucous, like putting on a nice gooey coat.
A mucous coating doesn’t end with frogs, though. Lots of other animals use it as well!. Slugs and snails, for example, are quite the mucous engineers. They leave a slimy trail wherever they go, of course, and while it also helps keep them moist, the mucous primarily helps with movement!
A snail’s mucous is gel-like, and has many unique properties. Under pressure, it behaves like a liquid, but when at rest it acts like a solid. While a snail is moving, parts of its foot are pushing down while other parts aren’t, sort of like taking steps. This allows the snail to use the solid-like parts of its slime to stick to the surface of just about anything, including straight up or upside down. Some snails can even use their mucous as a bungee cord, to lower themselves down!
Many fish also secrete mucous, one of the more famous, the hagfish, will produce a lot of thick slime if something tries to eat it. This gets the hagfish stuck in the predator’s throat, essentially choking it and allowing the hagfish to escape.
Last but not least, the parrotfish! Unlike the others we’ve mentioned, the parrotfish doesn’t emit slime from its skin, but rather through its mouth. Before sleeping, the parrotfish will burp out slime and cover itself in a cocoon-shield. This keeps both parasites and predators away while it sleeps in peace.
As we’ve learned, animals coat themselves in mucous for a ton of different reasons, from staying moist, regulating temperature, to climbing up walls and keeping predators at bay. Goodra probably secrets mucous for many of the same reasons! Perhaps a Goodra hugs its trainers so often because it is worried about our dry, slime-less skin. Not wanting us to dry out, have trouble breathing, or get eaten by predators, it hugs to share some of its slime with us.
Goodra secretes mucous through its skin. The slime has many different uses, including keeping Goodra wet, making it easier to absorb oxygen through its skin, regulating body temperature, climbing places, and warding off predators.
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does – or does not – say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her mother, Camille, the town’s tiara-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock, a woman who is trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia. When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, CeeCee’s long-lost great-aunt, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to Savannah. There, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity—one that appears to be run entirely by strong, wacky women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons; to Tootie’s all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones; to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.
Realizing romantic heroes are a thing of the past, graduate student Eloise Kelly is determined to focus on her work. Her first stop: England, to finish her dissertation on the English spies of the Napoleonic Wars, like the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian.
But her greatest conquest is to reveal the most elusive spy of them all, the dashing Pink Carnation. As she does, she discovers something for the history books-a living, breathing hero all her very own…
Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.
Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care–and Clara is committed to the public asylum.
Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara’s story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother’s violent act? Piecing together Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices–with shocking and unexpected results.
There’s been a lot of talk about how bad a headmaster Dumbledore was.
He routinely hired incompetent and evil teachers, he regularly cancelled exams, he didn’t interfere with teachers straight-up bullying their students except when the students being bullied were his personal favorites (namely Harry, though likely also the Mauraders, Hagrid, and a young Tom Riddle).
And you know what? It makes perfect sense.
Because Dumbledore never for an instant thought of himself as a teacher or a headmaster. Hogwarts wasn’t the place he wanted to be, it was his personal place of exile, to keep himself from taking over the world alongside his ex-boyfriend.
He saw himself as a puppetmaster and a general, and all of his decisions reflected that.