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Mantis shrimp. Called "sea locusts" by ancient Assyrians, "prawn killers" in Australia and now sometimes referred to as "thumb splitters" – because of the animal's ability to inflict painful gashes if handled incautiously[4] – mantis shrimp sport powerful claws that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning, or dismemberment.

Mantis shrimp

Although it only happens rarely, some larger species of mantis shrimp are capable of breaking through aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon.[5] Ecology[edit] These aggressive and typically solitary sea creatures spend most of their time hiding in rock formations or burrowing intricate passageways in the sea bed. Axolotl: Der Wunder-Wundenheiler - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft. Amazing jellyfish lake. Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau.

Amazing jellyfish lake

Eil Malk is part of the Rock Islands, a group of small, rocky, mostly uninhabited islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu. It is notable for the millions of golden jellyfish which migrate horizontally across the lake daily. photo source. Mating chirps, fighting sperm, hero ants - it's sex and society in the insect world. CBBC Newsround: News and fun facts for kids - Very rare white humpback whale spotted in Australia. This page was made on Thursday 29th September 2011Last updated at 15:01 A very rare humpback whale that's entirely white has been spotted near Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

CBBC Newsround: News and fun facts for kids - Very rare white humpback whale spotted in Australia

The whale's thought to be a few weeks old and was spotted by a local man. He said: "I couldn't believe my eyes, and I just grabbed my camera. Then the white calf approached my boat, seeming to want to check us out. " White whales are rare - the reef's rep says there are only 10-15 among the 10,000-15,000 humpback whales living along Australia's east coast. Insektenfund: Riesen-Wespe verblüfft Forscher - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft. Monster Crab Exits Shell Video. Mimic Octopus. Squidly. Story and photos by Scott Cassell Under an orange moon, Jacquie and I are 75 feet deep in the Sea of Cortez waiting for demons to appear.

Squidly

As we search the black water below our camera lights, a green glow begins to move toward us. Bioluminescence is signaling the approach of a shoal of Giant Humboldt squid rising to investigate us. There’s no doubt they’re hungry… The Ark In Space: The Incredible Glasswing Butterfly. A butterfly with transparent wings?

The Ark In Space: The Incredible Glasswing Butterfly

Surely not. Yet there is a species that exhibits this trait. Take a close look at the incredible Glasswing, an enchanting species that confounds science. Insekten-Evolution: Schraubgewinde lassen Käfer besser klettern  - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft. NMNH IZ Features - leeches. Haementeria ghilianii de Filippi, 1849 USNM 59930.

NMNH IZ Features - leeches

The orange bead was attached to "Grandma Moses" while alive and distinguished it from other members of the University of California-Berkeley breeding colony. The Giant Amazon Leech (Haementeria ghilianii de Filippi, 1849) is the world's largest leech, growing to a length of 18 inches (45.7 cm), and possibly living as long as 20 years. This green-brown species is a temporary blood-sucking ectoparasite on mammals and feeds by injecting a long proboscis [up to 6 inches (15.2 cm)] into the host's skin. 3.24.2005 - Octopuses occasionally stroll around on two arms, UC Berkeley biologists report. UC Berkeley Press Release Octopuses occasionally stroll around on two arms, UC Berkeley biologists report By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | 24 March 2005 BERKELEY – Two species of tropical octopus have evolved a neat trick to avoid predators - they lift up six of their arms and walk backward on the other two.

3.24.2005 - Octopuses occasionally stroll around on two arms, UC Berkeley biologists report

This first report of bipedal behavior in octopuses, written by University of California, Berkeley, researchers, will be published in the March 25 issue of Science.