Fire reflected on birds in smoke.
Perfect timing, three-headed stag
Lion and butterfly
What Elvira Mistress of the Dark looks without the makeup.
When Snow Leopards sleep they often use their tails to cover their faces for extra warmth!
EMSK What is wrong with your plants
In the mountains of Eurasia, pikas often share their burrows with snowfinches for extra warmth.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured a rare family photo of three of Saturn’s moons: Titan, Mimas and Rhea. [1920x1500]
If the world had only 100 people
Orion after splashing down (4928x3280)
Chimpanzees are capable of metacognition, or thinking about one's own thinking, and can adjust their behavior accordingly.
There are five species of adorable pygmy possum! Four of the species are endemic to Australia, with one species also co-occurring in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Give her what she really wants for Valentine's Day.
In this Feb. 7, 1984 photograph of the first untethered spacewalk, NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless is in the midst of the first field tryout of a nitrogen-propelled backpack device called the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). [5735x5735]
Cast of Archer, Character vs Model vs Actor
Shark embryos cannibalize their littermates in the womb, with the largest embryo eating all but one of its siblings. It's part of a struggle for paternity in utero, where babies of different fathers compete to be born.
Chromodoris willani is a species of sea slug named for the renowned nudibranch taxonomist Dr. Richard C. Willan. These beauties are found in the Western Pacific Ocean, from Indonesia and the Philippines to Vanuatu.
The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is the only species in its order. It is literally like no other animal on earth.
The great eye of Saturn's moon Mimas (1100x1090)
Queen Victoria's Water Lily (Victoria amazonica) is the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies. The genus Victoria was named after Queen Victoria by botanist John Lindley.
Astronaut Leland Melvin Includes His Rescued Dogs in Best NASA Portrait Ever
Young whales and dolphins rest, eat and sleep while their mother swims, towing them along in her slipstream--a placement called echelon swimming. If the mother stops for any length of time, the calf will begin to sink; it is not born with enough body fat or blubber to float easily.
Piglets weigh about 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms) at birth, and usually double their weight in one week.
Crocodillians can shunt blood through their second aorta away from their lungs and towards their stomachs, stimulating the production of strong stomach acids to break down their meals faster.
Some sharks have lost the ability to breathe by pumping water through their gills (buccal pumping). Instead, they must continuously swim to force water over their gills (obligate ram ventilation). About 24 of the 400 identified shark species are required to maintain this forward swimming motion.
This feels pretty accurate for when I'm ready to have a baby.
The oldest known Ruby-throated Hummingbird was 9 years 1 month old.
EMSK: Should know what 200 calories of food looks like. It's easy to underestimate what we are eating based on looks.
Astronauts at Work on the International Space Station (4928x3280)
Dog opens door for his buddy the cat!
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos ssp.) can mate, producing hybrid offspring called Pizzly bears.
A baby turkey is called a poult. When they are born they are precocial (born with eyes open and capable of independent locomotion) and nidifugous (leave the nest shortly after birth).
In honor of Veterans' Day here in the U.S.: The vast majority of U.S. military working dogs are German and Dutch shepherds and Belgian malinois.
MFW finally decided to wear lipgloss for the firstt ime in months. Two minutes after stepping foot outside.
Ten years after making landfall, scars from Hurricane Katrina still linger. [4000x3000]
The wild turkey was hunted nearly to extinction by the early 1900s, when the population reached a low of around 30,000 birds. But restoration programs across North America have brought the numbers up to seven million today.
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti checks her Sokol pressure suit in preparation for the Expedition 43 crew's departure from the International Space Station after 6 1/2 months in space. [4940x3292]
Dromedaries have a pad of thick tissue over the sternum called the pedestal. When the animal lies down in a sternal recumbent position (shown in photo), the pedestal raises the body from the hot surface and allows cooling air to pass under the body.
When Vega is North (2048x1600)
Love vanilla flavoring? You may not love where it comes from; the castor sacs of the mature North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) and the European Beaver (Castor fiber) located between the pelvis and the base of the tail near its anal glands.
You can identify which family or sometimes genus (Lycosidae, Dictyna, Salticidae, etc.) a spider belongs to by the pattern of its eyes!
Chandra image of ngc6388 (3600x3600)
The arctic fox can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as –58°F (-50°C). Their furry soles, short muzzles and short ears are all adaptations for this extreme cold.
Stunning new Curiosity Rover self-portrait
M'lady the comedian.
Lion family portrait
When I'll just watch one before I start cleaning turns into the entire season..
When I notice a guy at the gym keeps checking out my butt while I'm on the elliptical.
Astronaut Scott Kelly took this beautiful Aurora photo from the ISS
The kinkajou is a nocturnal rainforest mammal related to the raccoon (Family Procyonidae). Oddly enough they are sometimes kept as pets and are playful, generally quiet, docile, and have little odor.
The Veined or Coconut octopus carries a coconut around for protection and shelter.
Thin Privilege is Not Being Mocked By Your Mathbook
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) [3162x4524]
Hawk moths have second nose for evaluating flowers. Using olfactory neurons on their proboscis, moths weigh which flowers to visit.
Three-toed sloths have a special symbiotic relationship with pyralid moths. The moths live and find mates on the sloth, females lay their eggs in the sloth's feces, the new adults then go back to a sloth carrying feces with them which fertilizes the algae on the sloth's fur!
Gorillas' arms are longer than their legs. This allows them to walk on all four limbs while still remaining somewhat upright.
Great White sharks are endothermic (warm blooded) and have the ability to maintain parts of their body (swimming muscles, stomach, and brain) at temperatures above that of the surrounding water.
The Mute Swan is reported to mate for life. However, if a male loses his mate and pairs with a young female, she joins him on his territory. If he mates with an older female, they go to hers. If a female loses her mate, she remates quickly and usually chooses a younger male.
The Sri Lankan junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii) is the national bird of Sri Lanka. They are polyandrous meaning that a single female is typically linked with two or three males.
New research! Tool use is 'innate' in chimpanzees but not bonobos, their closest evolutionary relative.
The Fornax Cluster of Galaxies - European Southern Observatory [4000 x 2796]
Many poison dart frogs in the Oophaga and Ranitomeya genera carry their newly hatched tadpoles into the canopy. Once in the upper reaches of the rainforest trees, the parents deposit their young in the pools of water that accumulate in epiphytic plants, such as bromeliads.
One of those days.
The vibrations and pulses that male fiddler crabs produce when they are trying to lure females into their burrows to mate are surprisingly informative. These signals serve as a type of Morse code that the females decipher to learn more about the size and stamina of their suitors.
Between 1975 and 2007 Alex the African Grey Parrot was taught to identify 50 different objects, recognize quantities up to six and had a vocabulary of over 100 words, but was exceptional in that he appeared to have understanding of what he said.
When my husband refers to my working towards my Ph.D. as becoming Dr. Girlfriend.
Although chipmunks hibernate, they do not store fat. Instead they slowly gnaw away at their summer bounty throughout the winter.
The Brazilian free-tailed bat is the fastest flyer in the animal kingdom! These little fellas fly in at 160 kmph (about 99.4 mph).