Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Category archives for Animalia

Whale versus Bird

tags: whale, humpback whale, seabirds, Whale Versus Bird, Vancouver Aquarium, British Columbia, education, streaming video Imagine you’re a bird, you’re minding your own business, leading your flock, when out of nowhere — Humpback Whale tail! Either the Humpback has a serious dislike for birds, or while feeding this coincidence occurred. This video was shot in…

Animals that are Better than You

tags: nature, animals, streaming video This video points out that people are not the center of the universe, as so many of us think we are. And one of those animals that are superior to humans are the penguins. Can you think of why that might be?

tags: HR669, pets, exotic animals, invasive species, pet animal trade, PetSmart, politics As expected, PetSmart has officially spoken out against HR 669. As a large corporation, you KNOW PetSmart has a flock of lawyers who are studying legislation such as this to make sure that laws are not enacted that would damage them or their…

tags: HR669, pets, exotic animals, invasive species, ornamental fish trade, aquaculture, New England Aquarium, politics This morning, I was contacted by Scott Dowd, a biologist who specializes in studying fishes in the Amazon with the New England Aquarium. Scott sent this letter, written yesterday by Bud Ris, the President and CEO of the New England…

tags: new species, Papua New Guinea, Zoology, Biodiversity A large brilliant green tree frog, Nyctimystes species, with enormous eyes, was discovered by scientists next to a clear-running mountain river. Image: Steve Richards/Conservation International. A brilliant green tree tree frog with giant black eyes, tentatively classified as a Nyctimystes species, is one of 56 new species…

tags: human-chimp hybrid, humanzee, chuman, science, streaming video Humans and chimps have DNA that is something close to 99% identical, so could there ever be a human-chimpanzee hybrid — a Humanzee? Watch this video to learn the answer to this question [2:28]

Golden Ray Migration

tags: Golden Rays, cow nosed rays, Rhinoptera steindachneri, Sandra Critelli, image of the day Golden (cow nosed) Rays, Rhinoptera steindachneri, gathering off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, near the coast of Mexico. This spectacular scene was captured as the magnificent creatures made one of their biannual mass migrations to more agreeable waters. Image:…

Never Say Goodbye: Ocelot

tags: Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis, Joel Sartore, National Geographic, image of the day Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis. 195 animals remaining (Estimated U.S. population is fewer than 100 wild, 95 captive). Image: Joel Sartore/National Geographic [larger view].

tags: Central Park, NYC, racoon, image of the day Central Park Racoon. Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George [larger view].

Of Raisins and Reindeer ..

tags: California Raisins, holidays, funny, humor, parody, streaming video Are you in the Holiday Spirit yet? No? Well watch this silly video and maybe this will help you get there … [2:54]