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biomorphosis:

Saiga is a type of antelope. They are known for their huge, inflatable, and humped nose which help them to filter out airborne dust during the dry summer migrations, and filter out cold air before it reaches their lungs during winter. They are a migratory species, migrating in the summer and winter and can run up to 80 miles per hour in a short time.

Local people kill saiga because of its meat and horns. Horns are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Saiga is listed as critically endangered species and were once in the millions but today only less than 50,000 left in the wild.

(Source: eternalsloth)

giyari:

unexplained-events:

Sea Creature that looks exactly like a rock with guts.

Pyura chilensis is a creature that not only looks like a rock, but is also completely immobile like one too. It eats by sucking in water and filtering out micro-organisms. Its blood also produces a   rare element called vanadium. 

It is born male, but becomes hermaphroditic at puberty. It also eproduces by tossing clouds of sperm and eggs into the surrounding water and hoping they knock together.

Another fun fact about this creature is that it is consumed. Locals of Chile or Peru (thats where it is found) eat it raw or in stews. They say it tastes “soapy” and "bitter" 

Yet another fun fact. This creature is a tunicate, which means it’s in the phylum chordata, which means, it’s related to animals with back bones. Tunicates are thought to be at the base of the evolutionary branch that lead to whales, tigers, crocodiles, eagles, and humans.

Yes, millions of years ago, your ancestor could have quite possibly looked like a rock with guts.

howtoskinatiger:

Hey look, another way in which livestock guardian dogs are helping with conservation!

(Source: summershadowtwin)

weirdlookinganimals:

The gerenuk, Litocranius walleri, also known as the Waller’s gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn shrubland and desert in the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region.

Weird Looking Animals

libutron:

Brown Pricklenape

Acanthosaura lepidogaster (Agamidae) is a striking agamid lizard that occurs in Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and northern Thailand, through Lao PDR to Viet Nam and south to Cambodia. It also occurs in the southern Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guangix, Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan.

Acanthosaura lepidogaster is commonly referred as Brown Pricklenape,  and Scale-bellied Tree Lizard. 

These lizards are arboreal and are usually restricted to evergreen forests, often near streams.

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Photo credit: ©Thomas Calame

Locality: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.

photos from spellbound waitomo tours, forevergone, blue polaris, and martin rietze. (more cave photos) (more bioluminescence photos)