2. fairy-wren:

    gang gang cockatoo

    (photo via wildlife in victoria blog)

    (via a-n-i-m-a-l-p-l-a-n-e-t-deactiv)

  3. mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

    Peek inside a Leatherback Turtle’s (Dermochelys coriacea) mouth: How to eat jelly fish when your mouth is an exquisitely evolved jellyfish deathbed. 

    We know turtles like to eat jellyfish, and the Leatherback likes them most of all. However, this is the biggest turtle, consuming a prey that extremely low nutritional value, therefore it has to nom on a lot of them. As it does so, it takes in saltwater as well. The jellies and the saltwater get stored in the esophagus. 

    What happens next you ask? Is it to do with the horrific looking backwards facing spines that don’t look comfortable in anything’s mouth? 

    But of course! Because that is the beauty of evolution, the refined logic of adaptation. 

    The muscles of the esophagus squeeze the seawater out of the mouth and the spines, which get progressively larger down the esophagus, hold the jellyfish in place. Once all the water is gone, the jellies are passed into the stomach. 

    This is one of the many *awesome* characteristics of the leatherback turtle - trawling for jellyfish on this earth for over 90 million year. 

    Trawling for fish/shrimp (by humans, not leatherbacks), is one of the reasons Leatherbacks are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. 

    Source: Evolution FB

    (via amazingzoology)

  4. wabiisabii:

    Too perfect, but a little melancholy. 

    (via theherbarium)

  5. earth-song:

     ”White-chinned Sapphire (Hylocharis cyanus)” by jarbas mattos

  6. fairy-wren:

    eye to eye

    (photo via photoity)

  7. freefireflyy:


    feed me seymoreeeeee


    (via rumcum-deactivated20140124)

  8. mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

    Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) esophagi. *Shudders*

    I want to tell you about how my nightmares from now on will have me stuck in a room made out of Leatherback esophagi, but the conservationist in me wins:

    Leatherbacks feed almost entirely on Jellyfish. Plastic bags floating in the water look like jellyfish. I can attest to this - having flapped in panic out of the way of a plastic bag on a dive, only to realise what it was, and check to see if any other divers saw my mistake, and then pick up the bag. 

    Now imagine a plastic bag caught on those spines. That’s not going to dislodge easily. No, it’s more likely to cause suffocation and starvation. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not our nightmare. It’s theirs. And it’s come true. 

  9. magicalnaturetour:

    “” No .. No .. Thanks .. “” by SIJANTO NATURE:)

  10. scientificillustration:

    Brownea leucantha by BioDivLibrary on Flickr.

    Fragmenta botanica, figuris coloratis illustrata.
    Viennae, Austriae : Typis Mathiae Andreae Schmidt, typogr. Universit., 1809..


  12. I’m Back from nowhere. =)

  13. jtotheizzoe:


    transparent specimens series

    Iori Tomita

    These are gorgeous. Like the Secret Life of Plankton video, but bigger! Lovely stuff.

    (Source: moshita, via geologise)

  15. plantingart:

    Tiny sedum blossoms (Taken with instagram)