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platypu · 16 hours
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you think you know suffering? can you look me in the eyes and tell me you have experienced a pain worse than trying to learn how to identify grass? do you know what an awn is? have you heard of a lemna? you want me to get my little microscope out and be able to know what the achene is supposed to be? what the fuck. what the fuck are these words. You want me to pull apart this miniscule piece of shit with my hungry hungry hands? what am I? a fucking surgeon? no, no don't point out what the glumes are. I don't want to know anymore. get me out. get me out. get me out of here-
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fishyfishyfishtimes · 7 hours
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Daily fish fact #309
Anchovies!
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Some anchovy species can grow as long as 40 cm (15 and a half inches) while some can be as small as only 2 cm (1 inch)! Anchovies are typically greenish in colour but appear blue or grey due to a reflective stripe running along their sides.
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dougdimmadodo · 2 days
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Orca (Orcinus orca)
Family: Marine Dolphin Family (Delphinidae)
IUCN Conservation Status: Data Deficient 
Found in open oceans worldwide from the tropics to the poles, the Orca (also known as the Killer Whale, a mistranslation of an early Spanish name for this species, “asesina de ballenas”, meaning “whale killer”) is the largest living species of dolphin, and one of the most extensively studied of all cetaceans. Like most cetaceans Orcas live in complex social groups known as pods, but the makeup of these pods is unlike that of any other mammal in that individuals of both sexes typically remain with their mothers for their entire lives: each pod is led by a dominant female (known as a matriarch) who guides the pod in finding food, and upon her death a matriarch will be succeeded by one of her daughters. All of the males in a pod (which can be distinguished from females due to their longer dorsal fin) will be a son of one of the females within it, and while they may temporarily separate from their birth pod to mate with females from other pods they will almost always return afterwards. Different populations of Orcas differ greatly in the strategies they use to hunt and the vocalizations they use to communicate with one another, with some researchers having likened these differences to the variety of languages and cultures seen in humans. Owing to their intelligence, large size and cooperative hunting strategies, Orcas are tertiary consumers (apex predators) in every ecosystem they appear in and have been known to prey on animals as large as Blue Whales and other tertiary consumers such as Great White Sharks (although smaller prey such as sea turtles, smaller dolphins, seabirds, pinnipeds and a range of fish species are more typical prey.) 
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Animal Advent Calendar - Day 2
Image Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/41521-Orcinus-orca
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great-and-small · 4 months
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Apparently if you find a tagged Horseshoe crab and report it to Fish and Wildlife they’ll send you a certificate with info about your crab AND a pewter horseshoe crab pin! Keep your eyes peeled 👀
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(Photo from the Nantucket Conservation Foundation)
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sabrinazoarium · 1 month
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in honor of gar week! did you know gars are prehistoric?? i wish i was prehistoric...
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honoratacarnage · 1 month
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on of my biggest pet peeves is how little design/art people actually try to research about phenotypical differences when creating an monster/making a character based on an animal. like animals from the same species can change sooooooo much!
take the very famous Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) for an habitat based change exemple!
first this is how they look living in the siberian arctic:
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ultra fluffy dense coat, stocky limbs, rounder body and small ears for retaining body heat!
now look at how they look in the arabian desert (no this is not a fennec!)
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pointy boy unlimited! very long limbs, big tail and ears for body heat dispersion, super lean built.
so when you are designing an animal or using it as a base for a character, try researching a bit more for potential subspecies!
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oarfjsh · 5 months
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cambrian lego creatures by luis peña
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marinememes · 4 days
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Babe, wake up, new long creacher just dropped
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typhlonectes · 13 days
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platypu · 3 days
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Daily fish fact #308
European perch!
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They can survive and thrive in acidic waters better than many other fish! To breed they need water with a pH level above 4, though.
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dougdimmadodo · 2 days
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Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
Family: Gull Family (Laridae)
IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern
Arctic Terns live a life of almost constant migration: they breed in the Arctic circle and surrounding subarctic zone during the northern hemisphere’s summer (typically inhabiting their nesting site from April until August), and upon the end of the breeding season they travel over 24,000km (roughly 14913 miles) to spend the southern hemisphere’s summer in the waters surrounding Antarctica. Depending on where the terns leave from and where they choose to nest, this pole-to-pole migration adds up to a total distance of between 48,000 and 70,000km (29826-43496 miles), making it by far the longest migration carried out by any animal. Arctic Terns feed primarily on young fish (although they will also take crustaceans, molluscs, worms and, where available, insects and berries) and nest in colonies, with each individual returning to the same colony and reuniting with the same mate every year, so long as the male in the pair succeeds in an initial courtship display involving being chased through the sky by the female to show his fitness and providing gifts of fish to show his hunting ability. They nest near the coast by excavating a small ditch in soft, sandy ground, and produce a clutch of 1-3 eggs which are brown and speckled to help them blend in with their surroundings. Both the mother (who stands guard of the nest and incubates the eggs) and the father (who provides fish for his mate and chicks) will fiercely defend their nests from any other animals that come near them, and have been known to drive back threats as large as Polar Bears.  
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Animal Advent Calendar - Day 3
Image Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/4449-Sterna-paradisaea
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hawkpartys · 4 months
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i would like to introduce you all to my favorite genre of photo: nightjars being grasped firmly
all photos sourced from inaturalist, links in the image captions. these guys are being held for banding by professionals
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great-and-small · 2 months
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I literally cannot express to you how important it is to never touch a wild animal that you can’t definitively identify
(That is NOT a scarlet king it’s a venomous coral snake that very politely allowed this person to live)
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sciencenick · 1 month
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Elderly female lion grows 'awkward teenage mane,' baffling zookeepers
An elderly female lion at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas has sprouted a mane. This phenomenon has only been seen a handful of times.
sulc.us/femane
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Lesser known small mammals (or mammals whenever i bring up people have no idea what im talking about)
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Quoll ..a carnivorous marsupial native to Australia that spends most of the day sleeping in its dens. there have been 111 recorded events of quolls eating human remains (x) (pictured here is a spotted-tail quoll)
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Numbat..an insectivorous marsupial from Australia that is diurnal (or is primarily active during the day). unlike other mammals that primarily eat termites, they have a jaw with 50 very small teeth. they live in tree hollows and block the openings with the thick hide of their rump
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Hyrax ..a small thickset herbivorous mammal that is more closely related to elephants and sea cows than pikas and marmots. theyre found in africa, and they have rubbery paw pads that help them climb up rocks (this is a rock hyrax)
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Solenodon... a venomous, insectivorous little mammal that is easily provoked into a frenzy of squeaking and biting. it uses echolocation to compensate for its poor eyesight, and females have two teats almost located on its backside (above is a cuban solenodon)
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Sengi (elephant shrews (or better known as the get a look at the snout species))...is another insectivore that is more closely related to elephants than true shrews. they live in southern Africa and have relatively large brains for their size (a respectable 11 inches) (this is a black and rufous sengi)
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Tenrec..omnivorous little mammal that lives in land, sea, underground, and in trees. there are many different subspecies of tenrec that can look like hedgehogs, opossums, rats, and shrews (this is one is a lowland streaked tenrec from madagascar)
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