Creature number 8 of our #40AntarcticSpecies is the bone-eating worm (Osedax antarcticus). They seek out fallen whale and fish bones deep in the ocean.
This species has red, frond-like body parts called "palps" that stick out of the bone while the rest of the body burrows into it.
Bone-eating worms lack sharp teeth or other body parts that can cut through bone. Instead, they produce acids that can break it down!
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As requested @frogfriday For this weeks frog pic, frogs in amplexus. Wet weather and warmth is on its way. Can't come soon enough for species like Striped Rocket Frogs such as these I photographed late last year in northern NSW. Their call is absolutely deafening from nearby and doubly so when they aggregate around farm dams and other water bodies.
The Common Potoo is a large-eyed, nocturnal, forest-dwelling birds of the Neotropics, and despite its name is not that easy to find.
Camouflage in the tropical forest can be insane. Some animals like this Common Potoo not only use colours to blend in with the environment, but they drastically change their silhouette, adopting a cryptic position pretending to be an extension of a branch. This technique proposes the idea that by being invisible "in front of your face" will highly avoid danger from predators, as they intentionally won't look where they already discard searching of possible food…
Picture by @pabro_sanchez in a scouting and guide training trip in the Osa Peninsula.
This little face poking from the leaf litter belongs to one of our common backyard species the striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii). Finding frogs has been a passion of mine for a few years now and it’s led me to some amazing parts of Australia in search of these awesome animals. Some friends and I are thinking of sharing some of these adventures with you fellow frog nerds by creating a series of frogging adventure videos. If you identify as a frog nerd or just like frogs, feel free to follow update posts on @pobblebonks__and_kundagungans #frogfriday
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Want a sneak peek of the making of @coextinctionfilm? Curious how the idea for the film came to be? Want to learn about some of the challenges we've faced? 🎥 Check out this podcast just released by @whalescout!
In this podcast episode on @whalescout we talk about the power of storytelling, the importance of the public voice and how we can move people to action! You can listen to the full podcast episode on our IGTV or on www.whalescout.org 👈
Huge thanks to Whale Scout 🤙 As a registered 501(c)3 NFP, their mission is to protect Pacific Northwest whales through land-based conservation experiences 🏔 They’re powered by volunteers, so check them out if you’re looking for meaningful, rewarding work on the west coast!
📸 By Doug Wortley of @arrowsmith_media
On his own time, Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Ben Wheeler traveled to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest of Northern California to work the fireline in an effort to assist with the devastating Carr Fire. During their efforts, they came upon a female, Northern Spotted owl that looked injured. Wheeler tossed his fire shirt over the owl to further examine her. One of her talons was stuck through her bill. The talon was carefully extracted from the beak, and she was released with evidence of no further injuries.
Thank you, Ben, for your hard work in the forest and with the surrounding wildlife.
This is a simple drawing of a beautiful Picasso Clownfish. Help protect beautiful animals like these by taking simple steps towards protecting our oceans! Even the smallest changes make a difference :) Here are some tips from @natgeo! Read more at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/oceans/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/
1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
4. Help Take Care of the Beach
5. Don't Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
8. Influence Change in Your Community
9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly
10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
What’s a herbarium? Here's a hint: you can find fascinating specimens like this Nymphaea violacea water plant! Listen to our Branch Out podcast and learn more as you walk the corridors of a 165-year-old building containing 1.43 million plant specimens at the Garden. Discover its secrets, history and vital ongoing role in research with Dr Shelley James and Dr Marco Duretto. Subscribe and listen on your podcast app 📲
A female Eider Duck flies over a crowd of Long Tailed Ducks on the Arctic Ocean outside Kaktovik Alaska. Female Eiders eggs have seen more predation from Polar Bears recently. With less sea ice for them to travel on for seals they are looking for other feeding sources. While we were on a spit with an abundance of female Eider Eggs we bumped into this big girl. My first in person polar bear sighting! My heart was pounding when I spied her through my 100-400 lens. Luckily she was busy and we were able to round up our crew and head out on the water. With @matherpeter @theyukonblond @joebishop22
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I have been fascinated with photographing waves from the underwater perspective for a very long time. In most instances I always try to focus on surfing animals(seals, dolphins, turtles etc...) to infuse energy and life into my photographs. However on a remote reef in the northern Red Sea, waves, sunlight and a carpet of corals were enough to create this otherworldly image. Unpublished photograph from my @NatGeo magazine story ‘Seas of Arabia’ 🐾 Follow us @Harold_V._Garner 💝 💕 Make sure you push like follow for daily pics! 😃 💞 Thank you my friend
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // The calm and temperate waters of Holbox (Quintana Roo) are important feeding grounds for hundreds of whale sharks. Not surprisingly, the area also attracts hordes of tourists keen to swim alongside these gentle giants. In recent years, advisories and regulations have come in place to protect the sharks, but like many eco-tourism regions, the Isla Mujeres finds itself seeking solutions to the complex equation that is wildlife conservation and tourism. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier as our @Sea_Legacy team investigates what it means to be a responsible tourism operator and guest. #Ocean#Conservation#Tourism#WhaleShark
#75ReasonsWeLoveAudubon Reason 44: Migrating Monarchs! Birds aren't the only animals we see venturing southward over Audubon Greenwich each Autumn. Yesterday our hawk watchers tallied not only 600 migrating raptors, but an amazing 682 Monarch butterflies!! This is the largest count of Monarchs we have had at the center in at least two decades and a promising sign for a species that has experienced a sharp decline in recent years. Monarchs face a long and perilous migration to Mexico each spring and fall where they often encounter obstacles such as loss of their preferred habitat (milkweed) and inclement weather such as hurricanes. Thankfully there are many organizations that have helped to conserve the Monarch's habitat and release more into the wild so we hope to see their numbers continue to improve. Yesterday was a very good sign that they will!
Ed LaRue, Chair of the Desert Tortoise Council’s Ecosystem Advisory Committee (EAC) recently traveled to Washington, DC, to formally represent the Desert Tortoise Council in opposition to the development of the Northern Corridor through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in Washington County, Utah. This was an effort organized by our friends at @centerforbiodiv and in coordination with @conservationlandsfoundation, @conserveswutah, #backcountryhorsemenofamerica , and #shivwitsbandofpaiutes .
Earlier this month, Ed and three Utah residents, representing various groups and organizations, met with two Congressmen, three staff members of Congressmen/women, and three Senators.
From left to right: Glenn Rogers (Shivwits Band of Paiutes), Ed LaRue (DTC), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (California), Tom Butine (Conserve Southwest Utah), Freddy Dunn (Back Country Horsemen of America), David Feinman and Charlotte Overby (Conservation Lands Foundation). The DTC wrote letters relevant to this issue in the past: in 2015 regarding the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area Draft Resource Management Plans encompassing the Reserve, and letters written in 2018 opposing Congressman Stewart’s and Senator Lee’s bills that would establish a 7,000-acre mitigation bank (Zone 6) west-southwest of St. George and ensure development of the four-lane Northern Corridor through the Reserve.
In these meetings with representatives, Ed conveyed the significance of the biological and political impacts to Agassiz’s desert tortoise if these development plans were allowed to materialize.
For more about Ed’s recent advocacy work in DC, keep your eyes peeled for our next newsletter issue expected to be released next month. In the meantime, you can access the DTC EAC’s public comment letters on our website: https://deserttortoise.org/eac/ (link also provided in our Instagram bio).
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We have some more highlights to share from Lakeland College Environmental Sciences field week. Conservation and Restoration Ecology (CARE) students performed detailed site assessments (DSA) of native grasslands at some disturbed sites southeast of Wainwright today. The first site featured a recent west fireguard restoration and the second site a minimum disturbance industrial reclamation. Students assessed on/off site for vegetation comparisons to scrutinize native species seeding vs natural recovery.
Lakeland College would like to thank Alberta Environment and Parks - Land Management Specialist and Rangeland Agrologist, Patrick Porter for providing a highly detailed tour of the sites.
Hey you, who is looking at me..
However rough you think you are, uh-uh, it doesn’t matter to me,
as my cuteness will allow me to hold the key to your heart.
You know I live in this heavenly atmosphere called the Pantanal,
where not even my tiny delicate stature threaten my existence.
I like the way it is now.
If you take care of our environment,
I’ll promise you when you come back I will be there,
not just for you,
but for the generations to come.
That’s my promise!