August 17th, 2008

  • vitch36

Just a humble thought on the chupacabra ~

My son has now taken a fascination with this fabled creature. After carefully viewing the vid that 2 law enforcement officers obtained, during the DAYLIGHT I might add, ( see link) I have come to a new theory. (see below)      +     + Mange = Chupacabra.

OK, so I'm kidding. But shave off those antlers and throw in a bad case of mange and it at least LOOKS right.-LOL What can I say....I was young when family had me searching for the legendary Jack-A-Lope. I had my doubts even at the young age....but C'Mon why would my elders fib to me?

Answer..becuase I gave them a good long laugh out searching for the BIG Bunny.

Have a great weekend!

Eyebrow Waggle
  • zargon

Corals reproduce by synchronous spawning


Since scientists discovered that corals reproduce by synchronous spawning in 1981, they have been searching for its catalyst. In October 2007, Australian, Israeli, and American scientists discovered the trigger for the mysterious procreation habits of coral.

Corals reproduce both sexually and asexually, and each individual coral, called a polyp, may reproduce both ways within its lifetime. Coral live in colonies that may consist of one or both sexes.

At least a third of corals in the Great Barrier Reef reproduce by synchronous spawning, a process in which the eggs and sperm are released into the water at the same time. Eventually the sperm and eggs merge together and create embryonic corals that sink to the ocean floor, and, if conditions are right, form new colonies. Synchronous spawning is dependent on the time of year, water temperature, and tidal and lunar cycles. Spawning happens in the spring during the third through six nights following a full moon, layering the sea so completely with eggs that they are visible to the human eye.

Until 1981, corals were thought to be primitive creatures without a brain or eyes and knew nothing of their environment. Graduate students at James Cook University changed that thinking when they discovered a mass spawning in the Great Barrier Reef. Over the last 25 years, the spawning rituals have been observed by scuba divers and scientists, and documented on PBS by photographer Al Giddings.

Mystery Solved!

Corals have primitive photoreceptors, idea discovery first introduced by Israeli scientist, Dr. Oren Levy. In October 2007, scientists discovered that these photoreceptors have photosensitive chemicals that respond to moonlight like human lovers to each other. The photoreceptor response to the Moon triggers the largest spawning event on Earth. The Moon functions like a clock for corals, alerting them when to release sperm and eggs. The discovery is a big step forward for coral researchers and also sheds light on evolutionary questions. Corals emerged over 500 million years ago, which means we now know light receptors evolved much earlier in the development of animals than was previously thought.

aye aye captain
  • drhoz

Lanyard's Strap-Toothed Whale

Given the recent wtf posts about the Montauk Monster, and the Monster iof Troy, and interesting news I got elsewhere about Australian Snubfin Dolphins ( aka 'Snubbies' ), I offer you a tribute of data about mysterious skulls, dead stuff washed up, and dolphins - in the form of the mysterious and rarely seen Mesoplodon lanyardii or Strap-toothed Whale.

This is the best-observed species of Beaked Whale, and even for this one the natural state is most often 'decomposing'. Some Beaked Whales are so wary of boats that they've never been seen alive, and the genus - the largest genus of ceteceans - remains the most poorly known group of large mammals today - two new species were discovered in the last 10 years, for example. Dead, admittedly.

The Strap-toothed is fairly typical in anatomy, if certainly on the large size for one of these dolphins - an adult can be up to 6.1 meters long. Adult males also enjoy another, very odd, feature - a pair of tusks that curl back and around the beak, preventing him from opening his mouth more than a few centimeters. Indeed, Lanyard's Beaked Whale lacks any other functional teeth.

Predictably, this appears to be a duelling weapon.

Not being able to open wide might frustrate cetacean dentists, but doesn't seem to limit the Strap-Toothed's ability to catch food, or even the size of the squid and deep-sea fish they can catch compared to their mates, so it seems certain they're suction feeders - stunning the squid with a sonar blast, then sucking it into the mouth.