14 Seriously Interesting Animal Facts They Didn’t Teach You In School –
We’re not sure that even those who watched a lot of David Attenborough films in their childhood and slept with their biology textbook under their pillow know that anglerfish latch on to females, kangaroos are fitness bloggers, rhinos can make cat noises, and that looking like a gopher may mean you’re related to elephants!
1. This is a rock hyrax, the closest relative to an elephant at the moment.
2. Kangaroo females prefer fit males so they show off their biceps to attract them.
3. If these kamikaze ants lose a fight, they explode themselves while spraying some sticky liquid around that doesn’t let their enemies move.
4. The biggest living organism on the planet is the mushroom: a single specimen of Armillaria ostoyae was found in Malheur National Forest in Oregon and was 2,400 years old, covering 3.4 square miles.
5. Tithorea terracina pupas look like gold jewelry.
6. Starfish are skilled predators: they can easily open up a mussel’s home and eat it.
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Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | Most people think of sea stars as beautiful but lowly creatures of little ecological consequence. Nothing could be further from the truth! Like miniature lions or wolves, the ochre sea stars pictured here are voracious hunters, preying on and even controlling mussel populations. Legendary ecologist Bob Paine called ochre sea stars keystone predators, their presence or absence significantly impacting the intertidal ecosystems they inhabit. In 2013 a mysterious wasting disease afflicted them in the Pacific Northwest and quickly the disease severely decimated populations from Alaska to Mexico. Fortunately sea star populations are now showing signs of recovery, with juveniles colonizing some rocky shores in great numbers. However, it will probably take another five years before the recovery is complete. To experience more underwater photographs and discover other marine keystone species follow @thomaspeschak
7. Cachalots sleep vertically.
8. Small rhinos can produce cat sounds.
9. Black herons are predator umbrellas in Africa. They promise shade and cold and lure fish right into their mouths.
10. During the only sexual intercourse in its life, this spider bites off its genitals that are no longer needed.
11. This anglerfish male is way smaller than females, so it eats by forming a pair with the female’s body and over time, they become inseparable.
12. This Vampyrellid amoeba makes a hole in seaweed, puts its tentacle inside, and sucks all the contents out.
13. This cute deep-water creature with big eyes didn’t deserve its name, vampire squid. It actually eats organic leftovers!
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How do vampires travel across the sea? On blood vessels! 😬 These vampire squids aren't your typical blood-suckers; they primarily feed on marine snow falling from the surface waters. The vampire squid is neither a squid nor an octopus. It is the only living member of Vampyromorpha, an ancient cephalopod order which gave rise to both squids and octopuses. Vampire squids are often found in the oxygen minimum zone, an area ranging from 500 to 700 meters deep (in the Monterey Bay) which is very low in dissolved oxygen and thus hosts very little life within its boundaries. #cephalopodweek #MBARI #deepsea #deepsealife #ocean #squid #vampiresquid #underwater #underwatervideo #marinebiology #explore #nature #cephalomania #nofilter #exploremore
14. If you scratch a shark’s nose, it will fall into a trance and may even roll on its back.
Bonus: Near the New Zealand shore, divers have found a rare sea creature. It turned out to be a Pyrosomatida which is a colony of creatures that can glow.
Did you know any of these facts or are all of them completely new to you?