After being almost hunted to extinction, Humpback whales were added to the U.S. list of endangered species in 1988. Adults can be 40-50 feet long and weigh around 80,000lbs! Endangered Species feed
Welcome to the world’s largest natural rock chamber – accessible by a beautiful planked walk through the buzzing jungle of Mulu, and home to some of the most bizarrely adapted cave species is Deer Cave. Imagine it, its 5pm and the sun is rising in the exciting air of Borneo. The sky dangerously suddenly becomes
Gratitude for mother nature is easy when it comes to the sweet, the small, the non-threatening beings…but what about the huge insects and arachnids on this page, many of that are endangered or threatened: How would you really feel facing down a spider the size of a wall clock or an 8-inch-long beetle? 1. Giant
image credits Never mind the fascinating story of the frozen Frogs. There are tiny creatures on this planet that are tougher than any other you could name, and you could easily find some in your garden. Known affectionately by many as Water Bears, or Moss Piglets, Tardigrades are without doubt the greatest survivors in all
Australian researchers snapped this extraordinary sight in August while they were carrying out a census of fish off Great Keppel Island off the Great Barrier Reef image credits This is believed to be the first time scientists have ever photographed a shark eating another shark. The photo shows a type of carpet shark called a
Species extinction is to global health what finding metastatic cancer cells is to one’s individual health – a sign that something fatal is going on. Species carry out specific functions that keep the biosphere working, just like the different organ tissues in your body carry out the tasks that keep you alive. How many species
It’s almost certainly a member of the scorpionfish family, which is easy to recognize from the bony protrusion under the eye. It looks similar to sea robins, which also have modified pectoral fins for “walking” on the sea floor. image credits Looks like an armored searobin, which is in that family. It’s a deep sea
Its blood is blue and comes from a creature more ancient and resilient than dinosaurs – and even medicine itself has claimed this animal to be “a new life-saving tool”. Not only serving great purposes towards its natural habitat, but now saving countless human lives is the remarkable and bizarre horseshoe crab. Image Source: The
China is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Entwined with temples of culture, mountains painted in white snow, lands of the giant panda, coastlines enriched with amazing colonies of unusual birds, dense forests that are roped with hunting tigers and a great wall that stretches through the land and ripples with history.
image credits Beetles, mosquitoes, flies, moths and any other flying insects are at risk, after dark, in the area of the USA where the Mexican free tail bat lives, because when they emerge, at dusk, for a night of hunting prey, each individual will probably eat its own weight, in insects, in that single hunt.
Nature has always been prepared to mix and match, seeking out the best qualities in a species to pass on to future generations. It sometimes happens that creatures which belong to the same genre families come into contact, though rarely, and manage to successfully breed. The results of such matings can be stunningly attractive, as
Humanity is constantly pushing its way into more areas of the natural world, seeking room to build and grow crops, and ecosystems come under threat, to the extent that species numbers begin to decline, because of loss of habitat. Naturally beautiful treasures, seemingly destined for disappearance from our world, are many species of spectacularly colored
image credits You may have been under the impression that, where freshwater fish are concerned, the one you would least like to encounter would be the Piranha, famous flesh-eater from the Amazon river, but you might need to think again. Recently, another kind of fish, so savage that it makes the terrifying t piranha seem