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Archives for November, 2008

Spiders in Space

Two weeks ago the University of Colorado College of Engineering sent two orb weaving spiders up in the space shuttle. The spiders’ web building behavior was observed and streamed back to earth, serving as a classroom tool for teaching fifth though ninth graders about the effects of zero gravity. Great idea. Except when scientists opened…

Strange Squid Video from Deep Sea Oil Rig

Very cool video of a bizarre squid from the genus Magnapinna. Also known as bigfin squid, few specimens have ever been observed and only a handful ever captured. The squid in this footage has tentacles 20 feet long. This footage was filmed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Houston, Texas by cameras…

Riverdance Miniatures in Victoria, Australia may have set a new record for the world’s smallest horse. This prematurely born foal stands only 15 inches high, or 3.3 “hands”, in horse-speak. The previous record for a fully grown horse was 4 hands and 1 inch. Miniature horses are in fact, miniature horses, and not ponies. They…

You be the judge…

“Scientists” tell us that the tarsier is the only member of its lonely family Tarsiidae, which itself is the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes… We here at Zooillogix think they might be more closely related to other species than zoologists think… Pygmy tarsier vs. Furby Pygmy tarsier vs. Mogwai Pygmy tarsier vs. Jabba…

Did you know?

If you are one of the 10 or 20 people in the world living outside of the Zooillogix bubble, you might not know that I collect zoo and aquarium shot glasses. If you send me a new one (scroll down on left sidebar), I will shower you with love and praise. For example Miriam Goldstein…

Pygmy Tarsier Rediscovered in Indonesia

High in the mountaintop forests of Indonesia, this little Furby-gremlin hybrid hid undiscovered (and unmolested) for the last ninety years. Last seen alive in the 1920s, the pygmy tarsier was thought extinct until researchers from Texas A&M University rediscovered the little guy last month. Pygmy tarsier is not amused. Over a 2.5 month period, the…

The Census of Marine life is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are the latest pics of some new species they’ve discovered at the bottom of the ocean. A blind lobster from the genus–Thaumastochelopsis Sweet new comb jelly More below the fold…

We’re gonna need a bigger canoe… This is not a hoax. This monstrous Chinook Salmon was found dead in a shallow stream by the California Department of Fish and Game. Biologist Doug Killam discovered this angler’s dream during a survey of salmon that had recently spawned in Battle Creek, California. “I have counted tens of…

The tiny, 3.5 ft. long helicopters in the video below hover over sperm whales as they spew air, mucus and other gases out of their blowholes. The helicopters are covered in petri dishes which collect samples of the slimy, gooey, gaseous emissions which can then be used to test the health of individual whales and…

Squirrels Dancing

Speaking of animals commonly found in the US, we bring you the gray squirrel engaged in a typical fall ritual to prepare for the winter.