Worlds Weirdest Birds
Worlds Weirdest Birds
Man gets chased by tortoise
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A National Geographic crew filming in the Seychelles came across two 250kg tortoises mating, not happy about being interrupted the male tortoise charged at the human offenders in what may be the world's slowest chase.
A remarkable video has emerged of a praying mantis jumping in super-slow motion. The footage, captured on a high-speed camera at Cambridge University, UK, shows the insect leaping onto a target in 1000 frames per second. The experiment was conducted as part of a study into the movements of insects at high speed by researchers Malcolm Burrows, Marina Doroshenko, Darron Cullen, and Gregory Sutton. Writing online about the experiment, Sutton said "the lab studies the high-speed movements of jumping insects. We use these motions as examples to show us how nature manages to control extremely fast movements. The video was taken in order to watch the movements insects make when jumping to targets. This is a very very hard thing for a small insect to do, controlling spin in mid air gets difficult when an animal is small - and we had originally thought that jumping insects were unable to control the spin. Movies of the Mantis, however, showed that they were not only able to control the spin, they were able to do it at high speeds. This is the first example of such high speed rotational control seen in such a small animal."
A remarkable video has emerged of a group of divers swimming with a translucent worm-like sea creature off the coast of Ticao Island in the Philippines. The underwater footage, captured late last month, shows the divers swimming beside the large marine structure called a 'pyrosome', composed of a colony of tiny animals called 'tunicates'. The creature can be seen giving off a bioluminescent glow, caused by the translucent organelles contained within the structure. Writing online about the experience, the filmer said "We encountered this translucent "worm" in the Philippines off Ticao Island. Not even the dive master had seen one before, but we later identified it as a colony of tine animals called tunicates. When they join together like this, they're called a pyrosome. The diameter of the structure was 4-5 inches and its length was about 4 feet."
A two-headed salamander tadpole has been discovered at a university in Israel, with scientists baffled as to why the creature has mutated. The tadpole was found in the Community Ecology Lab of the University of Haifa. Experts have suggested several causes for the mutation, including pollution of water sources, the effect of a dwindling population, or radiation changes. Researchers at the lab said they have observed an increased incidence of deformity, especially among the limbs of salamanders. However, they said in the past two-headed creatures were far more rare. The Salamander of Israel is an endangered species because of disturbances to its habitat. The soil and water have been polluted, while much of its natural habitat has been destroyed.
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