January 5th, 2008

angry patrick

Homosexuality in animals.

I don't think anyone else has posted this. It may not be WTF, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Homoesexual behavior is commonplace among 1500 animal species but only well documented among 500 with no logical explanation other than that...well they like it.

So here is some video documentary on homosexual behavior among animals. And let us remember, homosexualism is not limited to anal penetration.



My favorite is the river dolphin of the Amazon that sticks is penis into the blowhole of a "friend."
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Keeping with the theme...

My favorite has always been Gunkanjima.

http://www14.big.or.jp/~kawamura/m-city/english_photo_gallery.html


I hope it's OK here, a bit more WTF_people but I think it looks nice next to the last post... mining and abandoned cities and such.

From wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunkanjima
"In 1959, its population density was 835 people per hectare for the whole island, or 1,391 per hectare for the residential district, one of the highest population density ever recorded worldwide. As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima's mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare, which is why it's called the Ghost Island. Travel to Hashima is currently prohibited."


They *SAY* it's prohibited, but I have found websites where private boat-owners will take you there and let you wander about for a very limited time (60 - 100 minutes). I'm hoping if I drop a little extra cash I can buy more time and have my wedding there :> ... But rumor is it's scheduled to be destroyed :(

( Next "Kowloon Walled City"? Or is this getting too unnatural :/ )
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Goliath Phasmid

~~waves~~ I'm new. I think I'm going to have fun here. In 2005 I worked at Broome Bird Observatory in North-west Australia and had many intruging wildlife encounters. Here's one of them.

When my co-worker called me to look at this "really big stick insect" I was expecting the skinny stick insects I was used to, just a particularly long one. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this.



About as wide as a finger, bright green and HUGE. It reminded me of an enlarged model of an insect in a museum.

This fella is a Goliath Phasmid (Eurycnema goliath). A harmless and surprisingly common insect in northern Australia. It's spread wings are stunningly striped in red and yellow. Unfortunately, like most insects, they fall prey to birds. I saw a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike one day with a phasmid in it's beak, looking decidedly impressed with itself.

P.S. The frogs in my icon were also photographed in Broome. They are green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea). They're well known for finding their way into toilets but this mob decided to dispel the myths that frogs are delicate creatures. They're sitting in a pile directly underneath a tin roof, and the temperature is nearing 40C.