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'Unicorns of the Sea' Tagged for New Tracking Effort | Narwhals, Arctic Sea Animals, Animal Tracking | Arctic Ocean, Arctic Sea Ice | LiveScience The frigid waters of the Arctic are home to near-mythical creatures, sometimes called the "unicorns of the sea" for the long, ivory tusk that spirals several feet out of the top of their heads. Worldwide there are only about 50,000 to 80,000 narwhals, as they are more commonly known, with about two-thirds of these whales summering in the fjords and inlets of Nunavut in northern Canada. Scientists are hoping to learn more about narwhals through a new effort to track them as they move around the icy waters of northern Canada, as well as more about how declining amounts of sea ice are affecting the creatures. "Although we've been working on a better understanding of the narwhal in the past seven or eight years, it was only recently that people have figured out how to fit satellite radios to them, so we know where they go and what they're eating,” said Pete Ewins, an Arctic species specialist for the environmental group WWF-Canada. A narwhal being tagged by researchers.Credit: WWF 'Unicorns of the Sea' Tagged for New Tracking Effort | Narwhals, Arctic Sea Animals, Animal Tracking | Arctic Ocean, Arctic Sea Ice | LiveScience
Continents may reflect conditions in the Earth's core In bold new research, a group of scientists in France believes that it has established a link between two of the great discoveries in 20th-century geophysics – plate tectonics and the fact that the Earth's magnetic field has reversed direction many times throughout the planet's history. The researchers from Ecole Normale Supérieure, CNRS and Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, argue that during a given geological period the location of continents is linked with the frequency of magnetic field reversals. The findings have been met with cautious excitement by other geophysicists in the field. The Earth's magnetic field is produced by the flow of molten iron in the planet's outer core – the Coriolis force helps to create a convection pattern in this zone, leading to a geodynamo. Continents may reflect conditions in the Earth's core
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Wildlife — By Stephanie on January 11, 2010 at 10:58 am Canada goose protects her young Ever have one of those moments when you think to yourself, “Boy, I wish I had my camera?!” Well, you can enjoy the good fortune of the photographers who were not empty handed when they shot these amazing animal pictures. These high-speed images are treasures that tell stories we rarely get to see – let alone capture – in stunning detail. Incredible Wildlife Photography | Peachy Green

Incredible Wildlife Photography | Peachy Green

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Orange Donkey – World’s Strangest Animals There are so many different kinds of animals, that no one knows the exact number. So far, people have discovered very big number of them, but, so many animals has left to be a puzzle. Here is some really strange and bizarre animals, that i bet you never seen before. If you did, take a look again, because, these are some really special species. Shishamo Makropinna (fish with a clear head) Orange Donkey – World’s Strangest Animals
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 GreenMuze Staff Canada's Spotted Lake. Located near the city of Osoyoos in British Columbia, Canada’s Spotted Lake draws visitors from around the world. The calcium, sodium and magnesium sulphate, silver and titanium filled lake creates more than 365 strange pools and patterns during the summer months when the water levels are low. Long considered to be a sacred healing lake by local First Nations’ groups, visitors can walk through the lake looking at the various pools when the water evaporates during the summer months. Canada’s Spotted Lake Canada’s Spotted Lake
The Buddha's Hand The Buddha’s Hand fruit looks, to all intents and purposes, as if it could have been grown in a certain town called Springfield. As well as a three eyed fish, it would come as no surprise to see the Simpson siblings discover this peculiar fruit, grown as a result of contamination from Mr Burns’ nuclear power plant. 10 Positively Peculiar Plants 10 Positively Peculiar Plants
Don’t Stand Under the Cannonball Tree It is the case with a number of plants that they are given popular names which reflect how they look or what they do. So it is with the Cannonball Tree whose fruit is so large that they look like cannonballs. Not only that, when they fall to the ground a large noise is created similar to... you guessed it. Don’t Stand Under the Cannonball Tree

Jabuticaba – The Tree that Fruits on its Trunk

No, this is not a belated April Fool’s prank. They look as if they may have been pinned there by an over enthusiastic gardener to impress the neighbors but the fruit of the Jabuticaba really does grow off the trunk of the tree. Otherwise known as the Brazilian Grape Tree, this plant is native to South America, notably Paraguay, Argentina and (obviously from its name) mostly from Brazil. Jabuticaba – The Tree that Fruits on its Trunk

Top 10 Unusual but Fascinating Cloud Formations

What is the sky without little fluffy clouds? Boring if you ask me. A cloudless plain sky is like a garden without flowers. Clouds can generally be classified by appearance – cumulus (heap), stratus (layer), cirrus (curl), nimbus (rain) – or by height of cloud base – high level, mid level, low level clouds and clouds with vertical development. Top 10 Unusual but Fascinating Cloud Formations
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New Week Nudibranch! - Blue Dragon image credit: redbubble.com image credit: nectonsub.com.br image credit: the doubtful guest image credit: | Dan | image credit: redbubble.com Habitat: around the world in temperate and tropical waters I’ve decided to start a tradition that every Monday I will post a new species of nudibranch. New Week Nudibranch! - Blue Dragon
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