Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

If “Finding Nemo” were scientifically accurate, Marlin would have switched sexes after Nemo’s mom died and mated with his son.

 

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Check out the Bird of Paradise, man. Doin’ up the old courtship dance like a boss for a possible mate. What lady could say no to those moves? Sorta reminds me of my college roommate Billy Gillespie at the Serene Lounge right before closing time. Billy could get really desperate toward the end of the night.

Mill Creeks galore.

A Honey Badger in a South African Wildlife Center built towers out of rocks and sticks so he could climb over the wall and fight lions in the exhibit next to his.

 

Why would a Pufferfish work so hard to make such beautiful designs, you ask? To attract a mate of course.

Rays sometimes swim in schools which can number in the thousands, feeding on crustaceans and small schools of fish. These Rays can form, without warning, huge schools, creating a spectacular natural phenomenon. In the video below a group of about 10,000 Rays were filmed off the coast of Baja, California. And et this –  nobody knows why they gathered there or where they went afterwards. That’s nuts, man. Nature, doin’ it big per usual.

Pretty wild video that takes a dark turn at the end.

Check out that Humphead Parrotfish, man. Dude has chompers like a damn horse. Humpheads can weigh up to 100-pounds and cruise the reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Fun Fact: Humphead Parrotfish can live up to 40 freakin’ years of age. That’s cray-cray. Anywho, Humphead Parrotfish.

PS- Check out the video of this guy munching on some coral. Wild stuff.

Check out the Plover Bird, man. Little dude is just sitting in that croc’s mouth like a boss. Fearless like you read about. Here’s the dilly – after a meal of a warthog, a bird or maybe a fisherman from a nearby village a crocodile will mosey up onto the bank and sit there with its mouth open. This action signals the little Plover Bird to enter the crocodile’s mouth and pick off tiny bits of food that remain in the huge reptile’s teeth. See, old food can cause infections and whatnot in the croc’s mouth. This is called a Symbiotic Relationship between animals, because both benefit from it. The Plover Bird gets a meal and the crocodile gets a free dental check-up and teeth cleaning. In addition, if the Plover Bird senses danger it lets out a screech and bolts, warning the croc something is nearby. Nature, man. Doin’ it up big per usual. Anywho, Plover Bird.

Check it out, man. These Flying Foxes, which are actually big freakin’ bats, get really hot and they need to get wet in order to cool off and survive. All they have to do is get their chest a little wet and that’ll save them. The problem is, when they dive bomb the river there are crocodiles waiting to leap out and snatch them. That’s diabolical, man. Anywho, it’s all explained in the video. Enjoy . . .

I know, I know. More people die more from falling soda machines than from sharks every year, blah-blah-blah. But holy Mother of God that beast is the size of a 2009 Toyota Camry. Dude could have taken that boat down in seconds and consumed everything in it. Hey, I saw Jaws. Don’t tell me it couldn’t. That’s a 2,000-pound killing machine, man. And I love how the guys in the boat are laughing nervously. You do that when you’re 5-seconds from getting ripped to shreds by rows of razor-sharp teeth. I honestly can’t say how I’d have reacted, though. I’d have probably just wept.

PS- The ocean has to be the scariest freaking place on earth, man. 

Kotisaari Island was a traditional stronghold of the Lumberjacks in Kemijoki, Finland and is located in the middle of the scenic Kemi river. The photos are from each season.

The Portuguese Man of War is one of the badasses of the sea. It’s tentacles can grow up to 160-feet long and deliver one helluva paralyzing sting. It pops up that sail-looking thingy and sails across the ocean like a ship, hence the name. Bottom line, if you see one on the beach, although it looks real purty do not pick it up or you’ll feel like you grabbed a live electric cable. And get this – they reproduce sexually via a method known as broadcast spawning. Large groups of individuals come together, where females release their eggs and males release their sperm into the water column, all at the same time, sorta like your parents did back in the 60s. That’s cray, man. Anywho, Portuguese Man of War.

Check out the Blackspot Tuskfish, man. What makes this guy so special, you ask? Oh, he’s just the first wild fish ever to be filmed using a tool, that’s all. That’s right, kids, the Blackspot Tuskfish was seen holding a clam in its mouth and whacking it against a rock. Soon the shell gave way, the fish gobbled up the tasty clam, spat out the shell fragments, and swam off like the little boss that it is. Check out the video below for this guy in all his awesome glory. Anywho, Blackspot Tuskfish.

Note: For more animal awesomeness, just type “Cool Animal” into the search box on the left there and enjoy. 

Beautiful. Click for a close-up.

Boom. Stay out of my territory.

That little bird is so cute I’ve included a bonus video in its honor. You’re welcome, little bird.

Stunning. Click on the pic for a close-up.

Not the actual lion but a man can dream, right?

Daily Mail: A big cat poacher has been killed and eaten by the pride of lion he was hunting at a private game reserve in South Africa. The hunter was heard screaming for help as he was attacked at the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit outside Phalaborwa. But the lions quickly killed their victim and devoured most of his body before being chased off, leaving his head untouched. A hunting rifle was found close to what was left of the blood drenched body. 

Man, what a great way to start the day, huh? It’s like Christmas morning up in here. Nothing is better than an animal turning the tables on bad humans. Nothing. Hey, Mr. Poacher, how do like me now? Oh, that’s right, you can’t like anything because all that’s left of you is your head! Hahahahaha! Karma baby!

PS- You know those lions left that head on purpose. Talk about sending a message to the poaching community. Boom. Bring it on, poachers.

 

Check out the Ladybug Mimic Spider, man. Just mimicking a Ladybug like you read about. See, Ladybugs taste nasty because they contain toxic stuff so birds avoid them, hence the benefits of looking like a Ladybug. That’s diabolical, man. On a related note, nature, damn you straight to hell. Anywho, Ladybug Mimic Spider.

Sweet Jesus look at that Tree Stump Spider, man. Dude is definitely the spawn of Satan or something. Just horrific like you read about. And not to terrify you more or anything, but this bad boy can jump remarkable distances. Chilling. They also “move in a jerky gait” which somehow makes them even more scary. Anywho, Tree Stump Spider.

Nothing to see here, just a Giant Trevally fish eating a freaking bird like some sort of demon sea monster from the depths of hell. I mean, watch that video. Good God. It usually eats other fish but occasionally goes for other goodies like a seagull or other flying prey. Anywho, Giant Trevally.

Check out that Ravine Trapdoor Spider, man. Dude has a butt the Kardashians would envy. Here’s what makes this guy different from other trapdoor spiders – rather than make a trapdoor out of dirt and whatnot, the Ravine Trapdoor Spider uses its butt like a manhole cover, sealing off its burrow from potential predators. That’s diabolical, man. Anywho, Ravine Trapdoor Spider.

PS- Unlike some I don’t hate spiders. You know they keep mosquitos from obliterating mankind, right?

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Lady thought it was cute until, you know, it tried to murder her.