A Salute To Animals That Don't Get The Recognition They Deserve

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    Dec 22, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
    I rolled out of bed this morning and decided to do a video search on badgers. This is what came up... Honey Badgers are apparently the most fearless animals in the world. Who knew? These guys wreak havoc on the African Savanna.

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    Dec 22, 2009 1:03 PM GMT

    I think you should all pay attention to the ocelot ...

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    or the bottlenose dolphin ...

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    ... resist if you dare.
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    jrs1 said
    I think you should all pay attention to the ocelot ...

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    Ahhh, pretty kitt--OH GOD THERE GOES MY ARM!
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
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    The chillaxin Sea Otter.

    They can dive deep down and pick out clams, oysters and sea urchins for dinner. They put a rock on their belly and whack em open to get at the good stuff. Clever and determined. And they are so damned cute.
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    You would post a forum about odd animals... alright ill Bit. The North American Beaver. They have the ability to compleatly stop a river and creat a wetland. Humans try to form wetlands since they are being destroyed fairly quickley and with all our technology, we most of the time fail. But the Beaver can do it almost every time.beaver.jpg
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    Dec 22, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    WARNING: THE FOLLOWING MAY MAKE BUTCH GHEYS FAINT

    Some of my nominees:

    1. Portia spiders:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portia_(genus)

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    We call them 'mata mata' (literally: 'one who has many eyes') here in the Philippines. Nothing unusual physically, but are renowned for their apparent intelligence. They use very cunning tactics for different prey and all on a very tiny amount of brain cells (which challenges the notion that a large brain means intelligence). They can also learn new tactics for new enemies on their own. And note that their prey are other spiders, often much much larger ones and more dangerous ones.

    2. Emerald Cockroach Wasp (Ampulex compressa)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_cockroach_wasp

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    We've all seen wasps carrying off spiders and insects to their nests for their young to feed. But this creature is TINY and guess what its main prey is? Cockroaches. So how the heck do they bring cockroaches back?

    Simple. Brain surgery. LOL. These wasps sting cockroaches on very very specific parts of the brain which then makes the cockroaches benign slaves. By tugging on the roaches' antennae they can lead the roaches into their nests to be eaten alive willingly.

    3. Siphonophorae
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siphonophorae

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    Some of the most beautiful creatures ever. And also some of the deadliest. What's fascinating about them is that they aren't ONE animal. They are in fact colonies. Made of hundreds to thousands of individuals, each with different functions and functioning as if they were a single animal. Much like corals but much much more actively cooperating. It is theorized that this is actually similar as to how single celled organisms eventually evolved to become higher animals. (we humans for example contain traces of this phenomenon - in our mitochondria. The one thing in our body with a different DNA. They are thought to have been ancient bacteria that were once endosymbiotic and eventually merged with our ancestors giving birth to the first eukaryotic cells with power, becoming a single organism in the process. Upgrade huh?). They are also far from tiny. Siphonophores can grow to very larges sizes. The deadly Portuguese man'o'war (which is actually a colony of four kinds of animals) have tentacles for example can stretch for 50 meters. And some of the wormlike chain colonies can extend to hundreds of feet.

    4. Dumbo Octopus (Grimpoteuthis)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimpoteuthis

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    Possibly the cutest animals evar!!! Named after the fins on the sides of their heads which resemble the ears of the Dumbo movie (which incidentally was my favorite Disney movie growing up)

    5. Pistol Shrimp (Alpheidae)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpheidae

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    One of the only two groups of animals that hunt by creating sonic booms. ;) It can close it's claws as such a speed that it leaves a cavitation bubble in the water. A region of much lower pressure than the surrounding area. The bubble then implodes instantaneously producing temperatures that are almost as hot as the surface of the sun and producing a sound loud enough to stun or kill small fish and break glass. They are some of the loudest animals in the sea, rivaling whales, despite their small size (they are actually louder than jet fighters forchrissakes).

    Hence the name. Glad they're actually quite tiny eh? The range is also only a measly 4cm from their clawtips. icon_razz.gif

    6. Mantis Shrimp (Stomatopoda)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp

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    Close relatives of the Pistol shrimp. But usually larger and much more beautiful.

    They also have probably the best eyesight in the animal kingdom, Able to see colors which are invisible to human eyes. That would actually mean that they are much more colorful than they appear to be. We just don't see past the visible light spectra. They are also highly intelligent and appear to communicate with each other through the colors on their bodies (much like cephalods).

    Now what makes them interesting is that they also possess an interesting claw similar to the Pistol Shrimp. But unlike the pistol shrimp who are simply in effect 'snapping their fingers' to produce the cavitation bubble, mantis shrimp will strike with their claws AND produce the cavitation bubble at such speeds that the larger species can strike with a force similar to that of a small caliber bullet (and can demolish a double layer of safety glass easily). By rights, they should have been the ones named 'Pistol' shrimp really. There are two types. The one I described are the smashers, who use that force to open clams and eat them (so you can only imagine what could happen if tender humans gets hit. It can deal serious injury). The other type, the spearers are also dangerous as well. Though not using cavitation bubbles, they can slice your fingers at lightning speed with their sharpened claws.

    7. Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus)

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    Another cephalopod. Octopuses are usually very good at camouflaging themselves (most people won't ever notice them when diving), but mimic octopuses have something unusual in that they mimic other animals. And mimic them well. They can mimic almost everything from gobies, sea serpents, crinoids, rays, jellyfish, sea anemones, to the mantis shrimp just described above. They are so successful at this that they were only very recently discovered as divers tend to mistake them for some other animal (or plant) instead of an actual octopus. Of course, like most cephalopods, they are also remarkably intelligent.
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
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    8. Green-banded Broodsac (Leukochloridium paradoxum)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucochloridium_paradoxum

    By far the most fascinating creature unknown to most people ever.

    To put it simply. These are mind controlling worms.

    Yep. Mind control in the most fucked up sense. The adults of this flatworm are bird parasites. So how the heck do they get inside birds when they are hatched in water? Simple. Through zombie snails from hell.

    The larval stages of the worm hatches in is eaten by snails and travels to its digestive system. There it moves on to the next stage of it's life and migrates to the tentacles of the snail. The snail's tentacles becomes swollen, colorful, and pulsating. As in the following picture of a poor infested snail:

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    They look like... yep. You guessed it. Big juicy worms. Not only that, but the worms somehow also affect the snail's brain so that instead of seeking dark moist places like they usually do, they now will travel mindlessly to the brightest places possible. Making it easier for birds to spot them. And birds of course, mistaking their now swollen tentacles to be worms, will bite the poor tentacles of the snails off. And thus, the larvae become adults inside the birds. Evil. icon_twisted.gif

    There are more. But too many to list here. Read about some of them from one of the best blogs I've drooled upon ever:

    http://www.bogleech.com/scrapbook/biomain.html

    I guess I have a different idea of what's 'cute' XD
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    I think honey badgers are my new hero. Next to the sharks. I loves my sharks!
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    Dec 22, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Sedative saidWARNING: THE FOLLOWING MAY MAKE BUTCH GHEYS FAINT

    2. Emerald Cockroach Wasp (Ampulex compressa)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_cockroach_wasp

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    We've all seen wasps carrying off spiders and insects to their nests for their young to feed. But this creature is TINY and guess what its main prey is? Cockroaches. So how the heck do they bring cockroaches back?

    Simple. Brain surgery. LOL. These wasps sting cockroaches on very very specific parts of the brain which then makes the cockroaches benign slaves. By tugging on the roaches' antennae they can lead the roaches into their nests to be eaten alive willingly.


    you're cracked. plain and simple. I read this and ... well ... thought this creature should be payed much more respect. it's awesome!
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    Dec 22, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
    /me covers up cracks with plaster.

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    And yep. The world of smaller organisms is far more vicious than that of higher mammals. A lot of chemical warfare going on for example.
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    Dec 23, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    Sedative said/me covers up cracks with plaster.

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    And yep. The world of smaller organisms is far more vicious than that of higher mammals. A lot of chemical warfare going on for example.


    Holy shit, Sedative... *phlunk*


    ^That was the sound of my mind imploding. Awesome. I was captivated by every word of that post. I'm going to check out the blog when I get back from dinner.
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    Dec 23, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
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    Dec 23, 2009 1:31 AM GMT
    The lyre bird <3




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    Dec 23, 2009 5:06 AM GMT
    Being an outdoorsman who also loves animals I dig this thread in honor of the animal kingdom! nice topic for a change!!


    ♥ Leandro ♥
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    Dec 24, 2009 6:16 PM GMT

    don't forget the butterfly:

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    Jan 22, 2010 7:21 AM GMT
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    We have them in the river in the park where I walk my dogs, just down the road.
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    Jan 22, 2010 7:22 AM GMT
    creature saidThe lyre bird <3






    I love em too, we had them in the bush of the farm I grew up on, I loved sighting them.
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    Jan 22, 2010 7:23 AM GMT
    For me, all creatures great and small.
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    Jan 22, 2010 7:33 AM GMT
    all those chickens, pigs. turkeys, lamb/sheep. cows we get out food from .. through their demise and suffering.
    Those deserve recognition!!
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    Jan 22, 2010 7:47 AM GMT
    Pangolins are fucking awesome.
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    Armadillos wish they were this cool.