Hunter S. Thompson
"While he was talking about piracy and salvage in the Florida Keys, there is an ecological attractiveness in this statement that cuts to the core of our relationship with the ocean and sharks in particular." - IUCN(via mad-as-a-marine-biologist)
Before I get into it, just know the pictures just serve as visual representations, not actual pictures
Okay so anyway, evidence for this theory is the following:
THE FACT THAT HUMANS ARE SO HAIRLESS:
Only two kind of habitats give rise to hairless animals, an aquatic one and a one below the ground (a naked mole rat for example)
.The suggestion that humans have become hairless to prevent overheating has been rendered false because hair can act like a defense against the sun.
This is why camels retain their fur even in the hot dessert environment.
OUR FAT CELLS
We have ten times the number of fat cells as expected in an animal our size. Only two types of animals have large fat cells: hibernating and aquatic ones.
In hibernating it’s seasonal fat, but in aquatic it’s all year round. It’s unreasonable to think that we evolved this feature in land because large fat pockets would have just slowed us down.
Primate babies are always born slender, but human babies start to develop fat even before birth.
WALKING ON TWO LEGS
So we’re the only mammals that have developed bipedalism. This is a surprise, because walking on 2 legs vs. walking on 4 legs is very disadvantageous. It’s slower, unstable, our organs are vulnerable to damage.
One theory is that if our habitat was flooded, we’d have to walk on two legs to keep our heads above the water.
The only animal who has ever evolved a pelvis like ours, the swamp ape, used this method.
We have conscious control over our breathing. Ever other land animal doesn’t. Mammals like dolphins and seals also conscious control because it tells them how deep they are going to dive and they can estimate how much air they need to inhale.
Our body is so wasteful of salt and water. Think of tears and our way of sweating. Other land mammals don’t have this. Water mammals do however.
Okay anyway I hope you learned something.
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So. Basically. We were FUCKING MERMAIDS. Damn.
I mainly want to believe this is correct so I can be descended from mermaids
Also! we’re pruny. we have a better grip on submerged objects when our fingertips are pruny. ah wow theories,
The porbeagle (Lamna nasus) is a common, fast-swimming, potentially dangerous shark. They are dark gray on top and white underneath; there is also a small patch of white on the rear edge of the dorsal fin. Porbeagles have a torpedo-shaped body and two keels on the tail, making it an efficient swimmer.
Porbeagles are functionally warm-blooded; they retain the heat generated by their muscles and recycle it to heat their body, keeping their body temperature up to 20°F (11°C) warmer than the cold waters they live in.
This mackerel shark can grow to be up to 12 feet (3.7 m), weighing about 350-550 pounds (160-250 kg).
HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION
Porbeagles live in cold waters down to about 1,200 feet (370 m). These common sharks live in the North and South Atlantic and the South Pacific Oceans.
TEETH AND DIET
The porbeagle feed on fish (mostly mackerel, squid, cod, hake, flounder and other bottom-dwelling fish) with its long, sharp teeth.
SPEED AND SWIMMING
The porbeagle is a very fast, powerful swimmer. Porbeagles have a torpedo-shaped body and two keels on the tail, making it an efficient swimmer. Porbeagles must swim continuously to get oxygen.
Porbeagles are viviparous (they give birth to live young). Embryos are cannibalistic in the womb; only 2-4 pups survive pregnancy.
PORBEAGLE SHARK CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom Animalia (animals)
SubPhylum Vertebrata (vertebrates)
Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish)
Subclass Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays)
Chances are better than slim that this picture has popped up on your Tumblr dashboard (or elsewhere) during your recent internet wanderings. All that strange and beautiful life, present in just a single drop of seawater! A microscopic bestiary overflowing with life’s smallest oddities! Isn’t it amazing?
Just one problem: It’s not true.
This is certainly a collection of zooplankton (what we call non-photosynthetic plankton species), but it’s absolutely not from a single drop of ocean. As Miriam Goldstein explains at Deep Sea News, it’s from a volume more like that of a swimming pool, captured and concentrated in a special net that scientists use to survey these microscopic species. Check the link to find out more about why and how scientists collect these beautiful samples!
So who cares? What’s the difference if it’s a drop or if it’s a swimming pool? The problem is that we’re missing out on some very cool truth by lazily inserting some very cool lies. We don’t need to lie about how amazing nature is. The ocean is (quite literally) full of amazing life. We can celebrate that without inventing a story, right? Because the real story, the one that uses a beautiful image to connect us to actual scientific research, is awesome in its own right.
Although this image has gone viral recently, I posted it five months ago, wrong information and all. I didn’t check to make sure that what I posted was true, and that was my bad. I should do better. We all should.
What if it bites me and it dies?
that means you’re poisonous. jesus christ, nate, learn to read.
What if it bites itself and I die?
What if it bites me and someone else dies?
That’s correlation, not causation.
what if we bite each other and neither of us die
oh my god
this is still my favorite text post collaboration ever
I work at a natural history museum and I literally use this to teach small children.
Why is human vision blurry underwater? Here’s the science behind why! Also, does this mean fish vision is blurry while out of the water? If they wore goggles filled with water could they see clearly on dry land? Check out today’s infographic to get a deeper understanding. Feel free to share.
High Res Image: http://i.imgur.com/W7J0qvK.png
This is not as boring as it looks:
Sometimes in our lives we take an introspective moment to look back on who we used to be and find that we hardly even recognize our old selves. Typically in my life, this requires me thinking back several months or years into the past, but recently I went on the adventure of a lifetime to study abroad in New Zealand and Australia. Coming out of this three and a half week course, I discovered myself to be someone new who had been in the making for about a year. And this new me is livid.
For those of you who know me, you know that I’m very environmentally conscious and I try to negatively impact the planet as little as possible. However, without easily accessible information for everyone, it’s hard to make all the appropriate changes—or at least to get in the mindset necessary to make those changes—to live sustainably.
Everyone I know wants to believe that they are being a good person and that they are living in accordance with their morals. Everyone I know would adamantly deny that they support slavery. Yet, everyone I know eats chocolate. Large-scale, commercially produced chocolate. Large-scale, commercially produced chocolate that utilizes child slave labor for harvesting and production. But how many people know that as they’re biting into a Hershey’s bar? Far fewer than I’m sure would like to know. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
So here is what I propose: we need a mental revolution based off of spreading critical information that the people who essentially run this world don’t want us to know.
How the public views the environment is entirely regressive. The idea that advances in technology will solve all of our problems and we can therefore continue on with business as usual indefinitely is outdated. This has been evidenced by technology’s failure to mitigate either climate change or its effects. In fact, what we are more actively utilizing technology for is finding new, more destructive ways to access fossil fuels (tar sands, anyone?). Indeed, I believe the time has come for us to abandon our foolish thinking that the right invention will come along and save us from ourselves, so we can continue living exactly how we want with no regard for how we impact the planet.
We need change. We need to stop thinking that the future holds something that we as individuals are not responsible for either creating or preventing the need for. Rather, we need to accept that we determine our own fate and that we have to cooperate with one another to create changes that will positively affect not only the environment, but the economy, and society as well. Without making changes that improve all three of these areas, we consign our future to crashing and burning.
This is what I believe needs to happen: you, dear reader, need to wake up and step up. I’m not throwing a conspiracy theory at you, I’m not calling you sheeple, I’m not trying to get you to buy into my diet or telling you to handcuff yourself to a tree. But I am trying to make you realize that you have a voice that cannot be silenced, you have ways of spreading your thoughts and ideas and there are certain truths that need to be told. We live in a capitalistic society that is built off of destruction, inequality, and making as much money as possible. This system runs our planet. Most of us do not have the choice to opt out of this system and wouldn’t do so even if we did have that choice. What we do have the choice of is whether or not we support companies that support inequality and destruction. You have the choice to research the things you consume. You have the choice to buy fair trade chocolate and not eat South American quinoa (which exploits Bolivian lands). Doing something small is better than doing nothing at all.
So often I have gotten caught up in the idea that my ranting and raving is annoying to other people and that I should stay quiet so as not to disrupt the status quo. But now, as Dr. Horrible would say, I will be “destroying the status quo because the status is not quo.” Or at least I’ll try. I’ve finally come to accept that I am an adult who was born into a position of extreme privilege and I have a means of making my voice heard to a larger public for the good of everyone (this blog), and that while it’s fine and dandy to post pictures of animals and talk about biodiversity (which I will continue doing, don’t worry), I also need to start talking about the problems and finding affective ways of making everyone else listen.
Consider this an informal call to arms. The pen is mightier than the sword because ideas never die. I know you care; I know you want to make a difference. It’s as simple as this:
Wake up and step up.
10x more boom? Wow! I’m sure all the animals will totally enjoy that just as much as the park guests will.
fun fact for mah followers: cetaceans (dolphins and small “whales” like belugas and killer whales) hear via vibrations, which “hit” their chin and travel up their jawbones to their middle ears. Humans can hear frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz, while bottlenose dolphins can hear frequencies up to 150 kHz. That means that their hearing is much, much more sensitive than that of humans’. (Dogs, for example, can hear frequencies up to 45 kHz, which is why they can hear things like dog whistles, which humans can’t.)
BUT HEY. 10X MORE BOOM.