A Gray Whale Mom and Baby Get Up Close and Personal!

Photography, Science, Thoughts

My grandma sent me this link today on Facebook and it truly made me all warm and fuzzy inside! I’ve never had an experience like this before with whales, but I hope to one day!

I’ve been close to a whale shark down in Baja Mexico- and I was definitely in awe and freaking out a little too from the boat. I took a couple videos- so I’ll share one with you. Don’t mind the commentary though- you really don’t think about what you’re saying when you’re completely and utterly enthralled with what’s in front of you 🙂 I actually got to swim with one that got close to shore from where we stayed-and I WISH that I had footage from that because it was incredible. Animals that are that big and swimming around you are quite intimidating as well…

But here’s the whale video that touched my heart. It inspired me put a new item on My Bucket List 😉

Here’s my whale shark video!

Awkward, Cute, And Funny= Sloths

Thoughts

Baby Sloth Cuddle Time.

Oh sloths- they are a very unique species on our planet. I’d have the pleasure of touching one before at Sea World Camp- all I can say from that experience is that they are very slow moving creatures with super coarse hair. But here are some fun facts I learned about sloths while surfing the internet:

Fun Sloth Facts:

  • Sloths are related to armadillos and anteaters
  • Sloth fur exhibits specialized functions: the outer hairs grow in a direction opposite from that of other mammals. In most mammals hairs grow toward the extremities, but because sloths spend so much time with their legs above their bodies, their hairs grow away from the extremities in order to provide protection from the elements while the sloth hangs upside down. (Thanks Wikipedia!)
  • Sloths live in trees- but they visit the ground once a week to do their “business”- they dig a hole and then cover it up once they finish
  • Their fur is a great breeding ground for algal growth- so from the air their eagle predators think they are more apart of the tree than a juicy meal
  • Most of them can’t survive in zoos 😦

You can’t help but smile when you watch this YouTube video of baby sloths in a reserve in Costa Rica- ENJOY!

Cyclops Shark- Eye Love You!

Science, Thoughts

So I’m sure many of you have seen the latest news articles about the 1-eyed shark anomaly. It’s quite an intriguing little creature to look at..still looks extremely fake to me. But I’d totally love to have one!

Credit: Pisces Sportfishing

Found in the stomach of her mother in the Sea of Cortez, this 22-inch-long dusty shark looks like something out of a cartoon than a real life shark. But National Geographic confirms that 2 scientists from the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (in La Paz) have studied the shark and determined that the fetal shark does actually have 1 functional eye at the front of its head.

If only the fishermen who “legally” caught the pregnant dusty shark wasn’t catching and killing sharks, or else we might have been able to see this little cyclops in the wild! But to be quite honest the shark’s fate was pretty well determined even if it was born. Kittens and puppies born with the disorder cyclopia die within a day or so after being born. Poor little fellas.. No other cyclops sharks have been caught before- further insinuating that they die soon after birth.

The scientists who studied the shark took X-rays which will be released in their research report  coming out soon (hopefully). Comparing these X-rays to previous cases of cyclopia (which has actually been found in humans) can possibly present some interesting comparisons.

Do you think it’s really REAL or REALLY FAKE? Comment and let me know!

The cutest thing you will see all day :) I promise.

Thoughts

I ran across this on a Twitter post- And I couldn’t help but click on it.

I’ve seen my share of elephant seals off the coast of California- and the 500+ pound males definitely don’t look too cuddly. But the little pups sure do! Check out this video of a photographer and his encounter with some loving elephant seal pups on his adventures in Antarctica. Hope it puts a smile on your face like it did mine 🙂

The Animals Save The Planet!

Science, Thoughts

So I ran across some awesome clay-mation videos Animal Planet produced. The video series is titled: “The Animals Save The Planet.”

All the videos portray messages of conservation, and sustainability- which is right up my alley! They are adorable and I couldn’t help but share them with you.

The first one deals with being aware of your water usage..

The second one encourages you to consider using biodegradable products..instead of plastics

The third one is about cows and their large production of methane gas .a “nasty” greenhouse gas. Pushing you to eat less cows, so they don’t “stink” up our planet.

The fourth one is about more sustainable ways of transportation.This one reminds me of a bunch of my friends who are avid bicycle riders. I give them props!

The fifth (and final one) I’ll show you guys is about taking re-usable bags when you go shopping. It’s very clever.. I like it a lot!

There are a couple more videos- you should check them out on your own 🙂

Save the planet- one little task at a time!