A (somewhat) serious post.
Cormorants are cool because they’re basically really crappy ducks. Ducks have oil in their feathers to help waterproof them for their aquatic life style. (The book Ducks Don’t Get Wet is a great resource for more information, if you’re less than this many: ✋.) One can imagine a time in history when little dinosaurs were floating in the water thinking “this is way too cold, let’s develop oils!” and, millions of years later, we get ducks. Cormorants are just starting out. Who knows, maybe they’ll figure out the oil trick and stop having to spend so much time drying themselves out. Maybe, though, they’ll do something else. They could develop a rubber-like feather (like the kiwi did). They could develop hydrophobic feathers (like lily-pads). They could go even weirder and develop some symbiotic relationship with an algae or something that needs the water more than they do, which absorbs it into their developing young and, when mature, drops off the bird at night, leaving it dry and ready for the next day.
Sadly, the only three ways to find out are:
1) Develop a time machine and travel forward to find out what happens.
2) Develop a stasis machine and be stuck in mid thumb-twiddle for several million years.
3) Hope someone else invents a time machine, thinks that cormorants are just as cool as you do, and comes back in time to tell you all about it. I’m hoping for a visitor at ten this morning.
Some flowers are built by committee.
Once the butterflies turn bright orange, you know they’re ripe and ready to pick.
Donkeys are masters of balance, which is why you often see them performing on the tightrope act at the local circuses.
“Let him be damned, like the glutton! pray God his tongue be hotter!”
The best way to find red pandas is to wander the forest and lift any large pieces of bark you see. You have to be quick with the camera though, as they are afraid of the light and will scurry away quite quickly.
The river otter has dense insulating fur and a streamlined body so they can move quickly through the water to chase down and catch their native prey … carrots.
This flying fish has feathers, which is concerning. It is probably not safe to eat and should be thrown back.
Ibises have evolved a curved bill so they can more easily remove keys that have dropped down storm grates. Scarlet ibises are the leading cause of car thefts on the Northern coast of South America.
The sticky skin and wide toes of the Australian green tree frog make it very easy for it to climb branches and very difficult for it to play the mandolin.
Though not seen here, the bubbletree has roots that complete the sphere. During times of wildfire, the bubbletree will pop out of the ground, rolling downhill and into valleys where it is more likely that water will prevent the spread of the fire.
Here we see the mighty Misponyotin creating a cool summer breeze.
Greater flamingo isn’t feeling so great, actually.
1. occurring, found, or done often; prevalent. –
“salt and pepper are the two most common seasonings”
2. showing a lack of taste and refinement; vulgar.
“they are far too common”
Guess which one of these applies to monkeys.
Here’s a hint. Look out your window. See any monkeys?
Denmark’s a prison.
A goodly one, in which there are many confines, wards and dungeons, Denmark being one o’ the worst.
As the days get hot, lions melt from the inside out … much like M&M’s.
This crab is only two inches wide. It’s too small to eat and should be thrown back.
Lacking fur to keep warm, Steller’s sea eagles take the soft fur from their prey and use it to fill their beaks for insulation.
In the hot days of summer, occasionally, without warning, ducks explode.