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Archives for February, 2008

Anyone who knows Andrew and me is aware that we have a deep love of only two things in this godforsaken world, animals and beer. Now, some genius Englishman has combined the two with a scallop-infused beer!!! Mmmm…bi-valvo-licious! Scallop Stout has been created by a brewery named Shepherd Neame, apparently the oldest brewery in England.…

Swim with Whale Sharks… at the Aquarium?

A novel approach to connecting people and animals while generating new revenue or exploitation and poor judgment from those who should know better? The Georgia Aquarium announced this morning a new program that allows regular Joe Public to swim with their famed whale sharks, among other critters, in their largest tank. For the low price…

What a Bad Idea – Tiger Splash Park

Out of Africa Wildlife Park was founded in 1988 by a husband and wife team in Arizona. In their words… “It was a preserve born from their single-minded objective of bringing God, people, and animals together in a natural setting.” In our words… oh Jesus… this place is a disaster waiting to happen. In particular,…

Scientists in Malaysia have strapped high-tech backpacks onto flying lemurs, humans’ closest cousins, to help understand the aerodynamics of how these nifty little creatures glide through the air. The flying lemurs aren’t actually lemurs, so from now on we’re going to refer to them by their mother’s maiden name, colugos. The scientists also didn’t “strap”…

Those scoundrels at Deep Sea News narrowly beat us to this story. But the video is spectacular! Click here to watch it, and read their much-better-informed-than-ours-would-have-been description.

Scientists have discovered two new species of animal recently, one in Tanzania and the other in Nepal. Though the researchers had spotted the giant, cat-sized shrew (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis) as far back as 2005 in Tanzania, they have now identified it as a new kind of giant sengi. The findings were published in the Feb. 4…

Thermal Zoo Pics

These pictures were taken by the Predator while hunting at the London Zoo. Turns out the Predator’s actual name is Steve Lowe! There’s an article about it in the Telegraph. The images show how different animals use their fur and feathers to regulate their body heat. More below the fold…

The Pistol Shrimp – Sonic Weaponry

Alpheid shrimp are a type of snapping shrimp, which have a specialized claw to create a blast of pressure to stun or kill their prey. This motion can also create sonoluminescence, a burst of light from a collapsing cavitation bubble. While the light is not visibile to the naked eye, the pistol shrimp is the…

Arctic Wolves and the Neighborhood Birds

Some very cool BBC vids of arctic wolves getting pestered by snowy owls, then doing some pestering of their own. Both videos are below the fold because, unfortunately, we can’t seem to prevent them from both running automatically and don’t want you to startle your cubicle mate unintentionally.