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Japanese dwarf flying squirrels. 'Unicorns of the Sea' Tagged for New Tracking Effort. 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.

'Unicorns of the Sea' Tagged for New Tracking Effort

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. 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.

Continents may reflect conditions in the Earth's core

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. Creepy Critters: Marine Life Surfaces for Halloween. Incredible Wildlife Photography. 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?!”

Incredible Wildlife Photography

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. Smithsonian Institution. Orange Donkey – World’s Strangest Animals. There are so many different kinds of animals, that no one knows the exact number.

Orange Donkey – World’s Strangest Animals

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) Isle Royale National Park - Large format photography - US National Parks Large Format stock photos. 50 Cute Baby Animals that Make You Smile. Canada’s Spotted Lake. 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. 10 Positively Peculiar Plants. 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.

10 Positively Peculiar Plants

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. 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.

Don’t Stand Under the Cannonball Tree

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. 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. Top 10 Unusual but Fascinating Cloud Formations. What is the sky without little fluffy clouds?

Top 10 Unusual but Fascinating Cloud Formations

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. SQUIRREL'S GOTTA EAT: Have some nuts little buddy (7 Pics. 10 largest animals on Earth: Argentavis. Dam Goats! Cute Baby Animals. These pictures of baby animals were taken mainly in the wild, in the national parks and game reserves of Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa.

Cute Baby Animals

As with the young of domestic animals, baby wild animals have a special appeal and it’s magical to see them in their own habitat. I’ve included on this page pictures of baby foxes,baby raccoons, baby giraffes, baby cats, baby elephants, baby bears… ← Older Comments. Animal did you knows. Siamese tortoise.

Tiny Adorable Animals. New Week Nudibranch! - Blue Dragon. Image credit: image credit: image credit: the doubtful guest image credit: | Dan | image credit: 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. Mental_floss Blog » 6 Animals That Show Mother Nature’s Sense of Humor. You've heard jokes like these all your life: What do you get if you cross an octopus with a cow?

mental_floss Blog » 6 Animals That Show Mother Nature’s Sense of Humor

An animal that can milk itself. I didn't find such an animal, but the world has plenty of strange species that at first glance appear to be hybrids of unrelated species because they have attributes that surprise us. However, we are only surprised because our personal experiences don't encompass all that nature offers. Climate change is making our environment 'bluer' The "colour" of our environment is becoming "bluer", a change that could have important implications for animals' risk of becoming extinct, ecologists have found.

Climate change is making our environment 'bluer'

In a major study involving thousands of data points and published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, researchers examined how quickly or slowly animal populations and their environment change over time, something ecologists describe using "spectral colour". Ecologists have investigated the link between fluctuations in the environment and those of animal populations for the past 30 years.

Animal Sleep. Most animals have a daily pattern of rest and activity. Some animals are more active during the day (diurnal) and some are more active during the night (nocturnal). How much time do animals spend sleeping? Infographic of the Day: An Atlas of the World's Ecosystems. On April 22nd, the Nature Conservancy will release it's first Atlas of Global Conservation--a book of maps summarizing everything we know about nature on earth. No one's ever done that before. Three years of work went into producing it. Esther Havens Humanitarian Photography. Hurricane Irene - Alan Taylor - In Focus. Now Is the Time To Stop Climate Change. Hey Kids! Mimic Octopus.

10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World. The lake that glows in the dark: Eerie phenomenon that turned waters... 10 Amazing Examples of Espalier - Tree Art.