Red-lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini)

Posted in animals with tags , , , , on February 18, 2013 by rockyc5

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According to the NOAA (Natinoal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)) approximately 95% of Earth’s oceans remain unexplored. This leaves thousands of species to inhabit the seas unnoticed…until eventually discovered.

Take this red-lipped batfish for instance. It can be found 20 to 30m from the surface of the Pacific Ocean, off of the coast of the Galapagos Islands. Aside from the bright red lips that give this fish its name, it is also a very poor swimmer. So, how does it travel you might ask.. Well, it uses its fins to “walk” along the ocean’s floor. In addition, like the angler fish, it has a structure called an illicium on the top of its head used to attract prey (i.e. fish, shrimp, mollusks).

New species are found every. single. day. If this creature exists here today, imagine what else is out there! Help conserve these critters and share these great wildlife discoveries with family and friends. Everyone deserves to learn about the beauty Mother Earth holds.

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)

Posted in animals with tags , , , , on February 12, 2013 by rockyc5

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Many species are experts at mimicry and camouflaging with their surroundings in order to remain undisturbed or unseen by predators or their prey. The common potoo, without a doubt, is one of the most talented players of “hide and seek.”

It is a nocturnal bird living in the lowland forests of southern Central America and northern South America. At night, potoos explore the forests in search of flying insects to catch. During the daytime, they can be found roosting upright on snags (standing dead trees). It is astonishing how not only their feather coloration, but also their behavior makes them look just like a tree stump!

New species are found every. single. day. If this creature exists here today, imagine what else is out there! Help conserve these critters and share these great wildlife discoveries with family and friends. Everyone deserves to learn about the beauty Mother Earth holds.

Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis)

Posted in animals with tags , , , , on February 8, 2013 by rockyc5

Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis)

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This adorable reptilian is found in the tropical forests of New Guinea. They are a crepuscular species, meaning they are active at dawn and dusk- looking for food, water, a mate, etc.

These, like geckos, are vocal animals, especially when in distress…and may even “play dead” when startled.

Red-eyed crocodile skinks have been kept in captivity since 1994, and thus can be bought as pets through various online shops. Adults can reach lengths of 8-10 in (males are usually larger than females). http://www.vmsherp.com/CarePages/CareTribs.htm

If you plan to have these lizards as pets, be certain that you meet all of the requirements stated on the “care sheet” provided during your purchase in order for your friend to live a happy, healthy life.

New species are found every. single. day. If this creature exists here today, imagine what else is out there! Help conserve these critters and share these great wildlife discoveries with family and friends. Everyone deserves to learn about the beauty Mother Earth holds.

Blue Dragon Sea Slug (Glaucus atlanticus)

Posted in animals with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by rockyc5

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Have you ever seen a real live Digimon? Well, the blue dragon sea slug is probably as close as you are going to get to seeing one. This incredible little critter is bright blue and silver in coloration with various appendages branching out from its body.

The blue sea slug spends its time floating upside down on the surface of the oceans, traveling by the currents and winds. They are often found washed ashore in various parts of Africa (i.e. South Africa, Mozambique), Australia and Europe.

Something else that’s amazing about this animal is that it preys on larger, venoumous species such as the Portuguese Man O’ War!

New species are found every. single. day. If this creature exists here today, imagine what else is out there! Help conserve these critters and share these great wildlife discoveries with family and friends. Everyone deserves to learn about the beauty Mother Earth holds.

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