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The Glasshead Fish

The Glasshead Fish

The Barreleyes (A.k.a the The Glasshead Fish) is one of the most mysterious marine creatures known to science.
Its length is no more than 15 cm, and it lives at a depth of about 2.5 kilometers.
The body of the fish is completely transparent gelatin that allows us to see his internal organs.
The translucent skull is not just an interesting fashion statement, but a vital feature for the fish. Because of his see-through skull cap, he can absorb the little light that sleeps to this abyss. There are two black circles that look like cute eyes, well, Contrary to what had been thought in the past, these are not the eyes but it is the fish’s nostrils. The eyes are the pair of green balls that are in his skull cap which named the fish Barreleyes due to their barrel-shape. The light comes through his transparent skull and the eyes of the fish can rotate 90 degrees, so it can look up.
Its source of food is jellyfish, but in this case jellyfish are only the source and not the food itself – the fish feeds on the plankton around jellyfishes bodies, and it does not harm the jellyfish themselves.
The gelatin that makes up his body is very soft, and a slight contact with any object is enough to tear this layer and kill the fish, so the seabed is probably the only safe place where it can dwell.
The existence of the fish has been known since 1939, but until 2004, only the dead bodies were found via fishing nets. The only (so far – 2017) shot of a live Barreleyes fish was taken by marine biologists Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler which took the video by an unmanned, undersea RC robot.

April 19, 20170 commentsRead More
Dolphins name each other

Dolphins name each other

Scientists discovered that each dolphin gives itself a name in the form of a sound-pattern which is unique to him and then publishes it among the pod (a pod usually is around 12 members). In this way, dolphins call each other distinctly. a dolphin who wants to call his friend, will whistle the name of the pod member and in response the pod member will whistle his name back to confirm that he is present and heard the call. Names are often used when dolphins are in large groups, such as when several pods meet in the ocean, they exchange whistles in order to introduce themselves and get to know each other. More names are used when one of the dolphins moves away from the pod. In this case, the other dolphins call the dolphin so it will not go too far or to look for a missing pod member. It also turns out that dolphins are able to recognize that they have been called even when the voice is produced by someone other than a dolphin!
This discovery was made by a group of scientists who were on a boat (off the east coast of Scotland) and recorded the sound while a dolphin announced his presence, the researchers then Responded with the same whistle as a response to the call.

April 18, 20170 commentsRead More
Koala bears have chlamydia

Koala bears have chlamydia

Next time you visit Australia, think twice before you hug a fluffy koala bear.
WHY? well… you might be infected with a sexually transmitted disease.
In recent years more than half of the koala population in Australia is assumed to be carrying chlamydia And it turned out to be a type of chlamydia that people could get infected with as a result of a close contact with Koala urine-remains.

EXTRA FACT – The boys of “one direction” band were photographed hugging a koala that seemed to have urinated on them.
After the picture were taken they got tested – Test results have never been published.

 

April 17, 20170 commentsRead More
The Japanese Penguin who went to the market

The Japanese Penguin who went to the market

In a Japanese village lived a cute penguin called “Lala”, who walked every morning alone, to the local market with a backpack to collect fish. The villagers who knew Lala well would help him load the fish into the bag (also in the shape of a penguin). In 1996, when Lela was 10 years old, a film crew set out to document him in his daily routine as he walked to the fish market and back home.

April 14, 20170 commentsRead More
Whale vomit is expensive

Whale vomit is expensive

Did you know Whales puke? Maybe not, It might not come as a big surprise. What might surprise you is what can one do with this lump of vomit … well, glad you asked! Perfume!

Perfume usually contains a mixture of several aromatic oils, water and alcohol.
Aromatic oils are oils that are made out of  all kind of materials, mainly from plants, but also from animals.
This is where the vomit of whales part comes into place (a.k.a “black amber”). After appropriate treatment the rare substance departing from the gastrointestinal tract of the sperm whale starts to emit a pleasant aroma which can be used in the making of luxury perfumes.
When the sperm whale ejects the vomit lump and then it floats on the sea surface due to its fatty content.
To isolate the pleasant fragrances in the black amber it is crushed, and than heated in alcohol and then left to cool down.

Most perfumes are produced out of plants (such as almonds, anise and parsley). However, essential oils can also be extracted out of glands of musk deer or Rock-hyraxes, as well as honeycombs and other materials derived from animals. Today, due to over hunting of whales and other animals used for the production of luxury perfumes, many became threatened with extinction, and the use of such materials are now mostly banned.
Many fragrances are nowadays artificially synthesized in the laboratory, so we can have reach the scented oils such as black amber or musk without harming animals.

 

 

March 13, 20170 commentsRead More
pandas are black and white

pandas are black and white

Hey Panda bear!  Why black and white?
So the first reason just like (almost) any other every animal in nature – camouflage.
White spots on the face, neck, abdomen and back of the Panda help the animal hide under/near/around the snow. Dark-colored hands & feet allow blending in better with the shadow it casts.
Another reason is the panda’s poor nutrition. Since the main food source of the panda is bamboo which is fairly low in nutrients and calories, the mammal has to worry about eating throughout the year, therefore should be able to hide all four seasons.
But it turns out that the panda fur beautiful markings are intended not only for disguise.
The bear’s black ears and eyes marks are intended to signal the cruelty and aggression against potential predators and competitors pandas. Another cool fact – in September 2016 the IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature – declared that the giant panda is out of danger of extinction and is now “JUST” Vulnerable – which is actually good news since it means it made a long way from “critically endangered”.

 

 

March 9, 20170 commentsRead More
Pigeon Guided Missile

Pigeon Guided Missile

During world war II mostly terrible things took place, but some funny things did occur too. while Nazi scientists were working on teaching dogs to talk – There was an American attempt to develop a Pigeon-Guided Missile! This project was funded by the National Defense Research Committee with $25,000 to the research of the world known behaviorist Burrhus Frederic (B. F.) Skinner (this sum of money is equal to about half a million dollars in nowadays value!).

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Source>> Wikipedia – Project Pigeon

Photo by B Balaji – (some changes were made – Some rights reserved)

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March 16, 20151 commentRead More
Peabody Ducks

Peabody Ducks

Peabody Hotel is situated in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A. The Peabody Hotel  is a luxurious hotel with a long tradition of Ducks marchin’ down a red carpet headed to an elevator to their room, wait… WHAT?? Yes, this luxury hotel is actually best known for the Peabody Ducks who live on the hotel’s roof and swim daily in it’s lobby’s fountain. Since The 1930’s, twice a day (11am and 5pm) The ducks make their route to or from the penthouse (actually the roof…) it has become a genuine tradition.
The tradition began when the General Manager ( a man named Frank Schutt)  returned from a hunting trip with a friend.
Coming back from the trip they kept the 3 ducks which they used to attract other ducks, and as a joke they decided to let them stay in the hotel’s fountain, the guests loved it, and the rest is history.
It’s a surreal scene and people from all across the United States and actually the world come to behold this funny yet cute tradition- notice that the Lobby get’s very crowded around the march, so come early to grab a place near the red carpet.

Source>> Wikipedia: Peabody Hotel

Hotel’s website >> PeabodyMemphis.com

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February 6, 20150 commentsRead More
Bears Butt Plugs

Bears Butt Plugs

The Bears “butt plug” (also known as “Tappen” or “Rectal Plug“) is made out of dense feces. In the past it was thought that bears got themselves ready for hibernation by consuming large amounts of indigestible plants and thus form a rectal plug that prevented them from eating. This was proven wrong but still being mentioned in the media due to lack of knowledge.

Wildlife Researchers from Minnesota found that most of the plug is intestinal secretions and cells that form during hibernation, which means that the plug actually forms in the intestine mostly during the several months of the hibernation period, the feces just stays there so long that the walls of the intestine suck all its fluids and making the plug dry and hard, the leaves and “indigestible plants” turned out to be all sorts of stuff that bear intake while grooming and licking their fur.

So… Why do they have this butt plug? Well, no one is entirely sure, it could help prevent bugs or ants from entering during hibernation, it could help to prevent defecation during hibernation, or maybe both.

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Source>> Wikipedia –  Tappen (biology)

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June 8, 20141 commentRead More
Herring Fart to Communicate

Herring Fart to Communicate

Herring Fart to Communicate, yup they do… or at least there is scientific evidence for that from A 2003 study. As it appears the Herring are farting in order to alert other Herring in a high pitched fart that only Herring (or at least mostly Herring) can hear, that can come in handy when a bigger predator is after you.

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Source>> National Geographic – Herring Break Wind to Communicate, Study Suggests

 

September 7, 20130 commentsRead More