Cryptozoology, BioForteana, and Remarkable Species
Monday, February 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Coral Eats Jellyfish
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Golden Eagles Hunt Reindeer
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sightings of "hammerhead worms" (actually terrestrial planarians) up to 14 inches in length are freaking out some Alabama folk. (News source.)
A strange "blob" in the ocean off Alaska's northern coast turns out to be mostly marine algae. (News source.)
And, some videos here on a moth that clicks to jam bat sonar.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
"Stoned" Wallabies Make Crop Circles
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wolf Spider Behavior
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Komodo Dragon Attack
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
They're Getting Smarter...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Surviving Outer Space
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Non-Vocal Sonation in a Hummingbird
Anna's hummingbird "chirps" and "whistles" with its tail during display dives during mating season. (News source.)
"Wind tunnel tests confirmed that the outer tail feathers vibrate like a reed in a clarinet. The bird's split-second tail spread at dive speed thus produces a loud, brief burst that sounds like a chirp or beep."
Friday, January 25, 2008
Vacationers thought the dolphins were fishing for salmon, until they realized a small porpoise was being deliberately targeted and rammed. (News source.)
"Film taken of gangs of dolphins repeatedly ramming baby porpoises, tossing them in the air and pursuing them to the death has solved a long-term mystery of what causes the death of so many of these harmless mammals - but has left animal experts baffled as to the motive.
"Another mystery is that the animal 'murders' have only been reported in two parts of the world - along Scotland's East Coast and in America off the beaches of Virginia, where even more alarmingly, the victims were scores of the dolphins' own young."
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The Man Who Lives With Crocodiles
A story from South Africa:
"The most amazing story was told to me by Boy Hancock, the ranger who took over Ndumu Game Reserve after we left. It was reported to him by the game guards, and Sigohlo was one of them — a trusty and reliable man.
"The guards were on patrol in the Reserve on the Pongolo where the new channel cuts through into Baga-Baga pan and past Nangri, an island, which the amaTonga swore was haunted. Dusk was falling as they made their way through the riverine forest when Sigohlo pointed to the river and they saw a man floating downstream with only his head above water. The guards shouted at him to get out quickly, for the river was alive with crocodiles. When the man was directly opposite the guards he grabbed an overhanging branch and half pulled himself out of the water. At that moment a crocodile head popped up behind him, and the guards watched in horror, expecting to see him pulled under. But the croc merely bumped its head against the man’s back. He turned round, gave the crocodile a gentle push with his hand, then climbed out. He looked at the guards once, grunted, and vanished into the reeds.
"An almost incredible story, but what made it ring true to me was the guards’ description of the crocodile bumping its head against the man’s back. This is how the crocodile behaves in the water. I had seen it on other occasions at Umfolozi when zebra had been taken in the Black Umfolozi River. There was also no earthly reason why three guards should make up a story like this. Boy Hancock questioned each one individually, but there were no discrepancies in their story.
"Boy also spoke to amaTonga living on the edge of the Salene forest, and they said this man was well known to them; he had merely gone wild and was living with the crocodiles."
Saturday, January 12, 2008
An Octopus and Its Toy
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
An interesting press release here, on geophagy (soil eating) in chimpanzees. An excerpt:
"The deliberate ingestion of soil, or ‘geophagy’, has important health benefits for chimpanzees, according to Sabrina Krief and her colleagues from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France. Far from being a dysfunctional behavior, geophagy has evolved as a practice for maintaining health amongst chimpanzees. In this particular study (1), to be published online this week in Springer’s journal Naturwissenschaften, geophagy increases the potency of ingested plants with anti-malarial properties."
1. Krief S, Klein N & Fröhlich F (2008). Geophagy: soil consumption enhances the bioactivities of plants eaten by chimpanzees. Naturwissenschaften
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Shark vs Kangaroo
A Geelong, Australia, man says he watched a kangaroo hop down to the beach and start swimming. About 80 meters from shore, the animal was struck by a 2-3m shark that leaped out of the water and struck it, pulling it under. No pics, unfortunately. (News source.)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
North Carolina Predator
Friday, November 02, 2007
Fox on a Bed
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Turns out cowbirds weren't merely duping the host birds into taking care of their eggs and offspring; it was blackmail, pure and simple. National Geographic News notes:
"Cowbird mothers keep watch on the nests where they've laid their eggs.
"If the birds find that their eggs have been destroyed or removed from the nest, the cowbirds retaliate, the study says.
"The birds reportedly destroy the host birds' eggs, pecking holes in them or carrying them out of the nest and dropping them on the ground."
Not all ornithologists are convinced by this new study, as the cowbirds' deprivations weren't caught in the act, but the proponents say they have ruled out all other possibilities.