Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Wolf Eel: The Old Man of the Sea


Picture one of those double-take moments when you have to look again in a mixture of curiosity and alarm. Then imagine that you are thirty meters underwater when that happens. Over the years, divers off the coast of California have had many such moments when they suddenly come across the huge face of an old man peering at them from the rocky reefs below. Yet this is not anything approaching a subaquatic nightmare: it is the face of an extraordinary creature, the wolf eel.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Goats Just Wanna Have Fun



Let’s face it, if you are as sharp and curious as the average goat then life in the farmyard could become just a little bit dull.  However, when a flexible steel ribbon is placed inside your pen for no apparent reason then a use for it just has to be sound.

This video shows that just like most other living things on this wonderful planet of ours, goats just wanna have fun.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Nudibranchs of Anilao



The nudibranch is a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage.  They have astonishing colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranchs.  This short film by Dustin Adamson of Ocean Shutter focuses on the nudibranchs of Anilao in the Philippines.  The close-up macro shots are simply stunning. Enjoy!

Dawn the Rescue Fox Wags her Tail and Makes Happy Sounds



This is Dawn – a rescued fox.  She was very young when she was discovered by members of the public and they took her to a dog rescue center.  By the time it was realised she was, in fact, a dog she had become too tame to be ever put back in the wild.

However, she was taken to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary in the UK where she quickly made herself at home with the five other resident foxes there.  In this video one of her carers enters her enclosed area and the sounds of welcome – together with the amazing wagging of her bushy tail – are a joy to behold.

Despite the fact that the video is not high resolution this has gone viral.  Yet we wouldn’t be a responsible site about animals if we didn’t slip in a quick statement.  Foxes are not animals which can be domesticated – although they can bond with individuals they are way too volatile to be around strangers.  In other words, pet foxes are pretty much a recipe for disaster. So, while Dawn is cute and adorable she would have had a much better life in the wild.

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