Nature is great. Some animals have the art of camouflage down pat, disappearing right into their surroundings. Christian Ziergler captured some amazing pictures of these creatures at their mimicry best for National Geographic, and you can try to locate sneaky leaf-little toads and the such in this interactive image gallery.
Domestic cats have been getting bad press lately for as one of the world’s top invasive species. Now, thanks to evolutionary biologist Jaroslav Flegr — whom National Geographic dubbed a ‘cat detective — we know they can make us all a bit cuckoo too. The guy discovered that the toxoplasma gondii parasite that’s pervasive in [...]
The winning shots of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 are awe-inspiring. We especially like the one of the Matterhorn in the Pennine Alps by Nenad Saljic (Places category, winner) and Eric Guth’s shot of glacial ice washed ashore along Iceland’s eastern coast (Nature category, honourable mention). So ethereal.
Why did the kitten cross the river… nah, how? Why, it had the help of a giant water lily — specifically, the Queen Victoria (Victoria regia) water lily, a monstrously huge plant that can reach up to 8 feet in diameter and hold up to a hundred pounds. The National Geographic notes that the ‘air [...]
Our friends at National Geographic have just published a series of amazing photos of new fossil species found in the Atlantic Ocean, including this one above, the Sea Cucumber Mountaineer, which is ‘normally found on the ocean floor’. Says marine biologist Monty Priede of the discovery: ‘We’ve always thought of them as slow-crawling animals, but they are actually capable of swimming. This is quite important on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, because otherwise there’s a risk of starving if they get stuck on a ledge somewhere’.