Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Ten Animal Phenomena To See Before I Die (Part 2)

More 'cool-things-animals-do', i.e. another post from the Glasswing Butterfly everyone will just skim over and then trash.

1. Glowing seas
 Algae with phosphorous properties can sometimes be seen washed up on beaches at night. This is often Noctiluca scintillans but might also be other algae in that genus.

2. Bubble Net Fishing, a show brought to you by humpback whales

Whales are my favorite animals, and since I've already seen a humpback whale breach, here is another amazing thing they do (did I mention I love whales?). Bubble net feeding. They literally just blow bubbles and funnel all the fish into one spout by blowing bubbles in a circle. Then they go and eat it all. Amazing, right?

3. The Peace To All Creatures Mantis Shrimp
Not only can this creature see about nine times more colors than we can, it's also absolutely ferocious. But mostly, I want to see them attacking and killing something. They move so fast when they have their eye on dinner lights blink around them, something called sonoluminescence. And that's not all; their armor is so strong it's being studied for use in combat.

4. Rainbows on Trees

Eucalyptus trees. Yeah, we have a lot to thank the Australians for. Basically, what happens, is as the wood dries and flakes off, it happens at intervals. So you have one totally fresh piece of bark next to a flaking one, resulting in such rainbow colors. Pretty cool, huh?

5. The Great Turtle Hatching

I'm sure you all know what happens to turtles. Mommy lays them and says goodbye. If no predator (i.e., humans) discover the nest, they manage to hatch in hundreds of thousands. Only about one in a hundred actually survive the fifty metres from nest to shore. But it's bound to be an absolutely fascinating if heartbreaking spectacle to watch these baby turtles struggle their way to sea, and get steadily picked off by gulls and other assorted predators. But there's the fact, that due to stolen eggs, there are less and less turtles every year, something akin to the future fate of the Sardine Run. So, I want to see this as soon as possible. 

Yeah, so that's it. Anything you want more information on? Any questions? Any arguments? Let us know in the comments!
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