As has been readily apparent, my blog is in hibernation until the New Year. Which I hope ends up being a good and hopeful one for as many of the billions of people on the planet as possible. In the meantime, I am travelling and scanning the horizon for snow:
“I’m okay as long as the wireless doesn’t go out!” (AgencyImage photo)
There’s been a lot of silliness going on today, so you know what that means? Animals! Because serot0nin needs a boost, man.
For instance, is there anything cuter and weirder than baby stingrays?
Did you know that some types of rays can fly?
Drones may be the new tools of the skies, but hawks are unimpressed:
Remember, lions are cats. Big, smart cats:
Humans unfortunately in large majority try to reject the idea of ecosystems, even when they learned about them in school. They want to separate out one bit from another, deny the connections and that things that affect the larger land or other humans will affect them in the process. They definitely often want to deny that the natural world knows what it is doing or that we can harm and alter it, and in turn be affected by that. This really fascinating video, “How Wolves Change Rivers,” about the re-introduction of wolves into the national park by the Sustainable Human organization, offers us a fascinating glimpse of those connections and how valuable and critical they are, how they go beyond our expectations of connection.
So if you ever run into somebody who doesn’t understand why we’re bothering to try to save one species of animal or another, and how one species can have a very large impact, point them towards this video. It is well worth your time.
A photo of the Silfra Fissure between the North American and European continents by photographer Alex Mustard:
Silfra Ravine by Alex Mustard
It’s a sad day today (though all our friends in that area of D.C. were okay, thank goodness,) and so for today, I am offering a fascinating science video about the extraordinary camouflage abilities of octupi, squids and cuttlefish. I knew they could hide themselves but I had no idea the extent of it. Scientists are studying it and humans of course are trying to figure out how to replicate it. Even if it weren’t showing you something amazing about them, it’s just a beautiful video altogether. Enjoy:
Still swamped, but watching baby otters learn to swim at a small animal park makes me happy. These particular baby otters are from an endangered species whose haibtat has declined.
My friend sent me these pictures, which she thought were from the Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshoni River in Wyoming, U.S., but which actually turn out to be Ibex goats nibbling on crevice plants and crossing the Lago Baitone dam at Brescia in Italy. But it doesn’t really matter, because anywhere in the world, it’s cool:
Unfortunately, I don’t know who the photographer is to credit the person. They appear to have been widely disseminated on the Web.