It might look like this tripod fish is “standing” on the edge of the Moon, but he is actually facing into the current on the top of a ridge at 1,960 meters depth in the Northeast Providence Channel near Eleuthera Island, Bahamas.
Image courtesy of Bahamas Deep-Sea Coral Expedition Science Party, NOAA-OE.
now that I’ve watched the documentary Attenborough and the Giant Egg, I take back what I said earlier about it being delightfully weird. it’s actually very touching. Giant Egg is presumably about the elephant bird egg David Attenborough brought back from his visit to Madagascar during the filming of an episode of Zoo Quest, though the egg actually ends up with very little screen time. David returns to the country to visit some places he hasn’t seen for 50 years. huge areas of Madagascar were deforested during that time, including most of what he’d visited before. the film’s strongest point is that it allows him to hold the screen most of the time. hearing him narrate is one thing, but seeing his real enthusiasm as he talks about animals is wonderful. there’s this very restrained sadness to him as well when he talks about the changes to Madagascar. the greatest moment in the whole thing, I think, was when a Malagasy conservationist (a former hunter) takes David to see (and feed) an Indri- a lemur that, 50 years ago, was so wary of humans that it took days for the film crew to get the first video footage ever of the animals.
my favorite titles of animal studies works: a list
presented here for you, without comment:
- Cosmodolphins: Feminist Cultural Studies of Technology, Animals, and the Sacred
- Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World
- Beyond dominance and affection: Living with rabbits in post-humanist households
- The Platypus and the Mermaid and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination
- The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats
- The tamed wild: symbolic bears in American culture
- Blue Juice: Euthanasia in Veterinary Medicine
- Frog and cyberfrog are friends: Dissection simulation and animal advocacy
- Blood Intimacies and Biodicy: Keeping Faith with Ticks
here’s an incomplete list of evidence of a resident cougar population in Michigan. I’ve left out some commonly citied evidence (the bone shards, certain scat samples) because of conflicting information from the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy and the labs they worked with at the time. Michigan’s DNR does not really acknowledge the presence of cougars in the state (despite calls from nonprofits, citizens and the media to do so), but they do post warnings about them in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
1906, near the Tahquamenon River in Luce County (UP): last recorded kill of a mountain lion in Michigan.
1970, Porcupine Mountains State Park (UP): an assistant park manager finds fresh cougar tracks in the wet clay soil of a hiking trail.
1997, Porcupine Mountains State Park (UP): hunters find a deer carcass cached in a tree.
1997, Alcona County (LP): a photograph of a mountain lion is taken on private land.
1998, Gulliver (UP): three photographs are taken of a cougar amongst some dunes near a bed & breakfast
1998, Seul Choix Point (UP): a carcass cached by a large cat is found by hunters.
2000, near Hancock (UP): scat found and DNA tested, confirmed to be from a mountain lion.
2000, Huron National Forest (LP): a DNR wildlife biologist sees a cougar from a distance of about 60 yards, and later finds tracks from the animal.
2001, sites throughout Michigan (UP & LP): tracks, kills and scat from at least seven cougars are found and verified.
2004, area unknown: a hair sample is taken from the bumper of a car reported to have hit a mountain lion. DNA testing verifies this claim.
2007, Sterling Heights (LP): someone posts a police cruiser video of a house cat on youtube. idk.
2009, Bruce Township, DeTour, Gulliver (UP): the DNR verifies a photograph of a cougar from a trail cam, taken in October of that year. tracks are verified in the DeTour and Gulliver areas.
2010, Wallace (UP): another trail cam photo is verified and released by the DNR.
you can find more information about the MWC’s (sometimes controversial) cougar work at their website.
if you see a mountain lion in Michigan, report that shit!
Rufous elephant-shrew (Elephantulus rufescens)
Chequered elephant-shrew (Rhynchocyon cirnei)
Short-eared elephant shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus)
North African elephant-shrew (Elephantulus rozeti)
Four-toed elephant shrew (Petrodamus tetradactylus)
Black and rufous elephant-shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi)
Golden-rumped elephant-shrew (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus)
The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus)
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It’s tough being the last surviving member of your species. Sometimes it helps to sing about it.
simple but lovely animation. the story of modern extinction told through showtune.