Crested auklets smell like tangerines


This 3 August 2019 video says about itself:

On remote, rocky North Pacific islands, you may find a cute little bird [crested auklet] that just so happens to smell like tangerines.

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‘Donald Trump helping Al Qaeda’


This 4 August 2019 video from United States congresswoman and Democratic party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says about itself:

Trump‘s Betrayal Supporting Al-Qaeda

Trump’s supporting/protecting al-Qaeda in Syria because those terrorists share the US goal of overthrowing the Assad regime is a huge betrayal to all of our servicemembers, to all of those first responders on 9/11, to every family that lost a loved one on that day.

Megalodon big extinct shark, how was it?


This 4 August 2019 video says about itself:

What Did Megalodon Really Look Like?

Megalodon is infamous the world over, but what did this mega shark really look like? The fossils of this animal are very incomplete, leading to a great deal of speculation on what its true life appearance could have been.

El Paso, Texas, ‘Christian’ massacre with legal gun


This 3 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

El Paso Shooter Identified Online As Trump Supporter Who Didn’t Like ‘Race Mixing

While officials did not immediately announce the identity of the shooter, the Washington Examiner reported that “A law enforcement source in El Paso told the Washington Examiner that 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius from Dallas, Texas, has been taken into custody.”

A manifesto purportedly written by Crusius, perhaps even in the hours before the shooting attack that according to one report left at least [20] people dead, was left behind. Pages of the manifesto included anti-immigrant rhetoric with the author going into depth on why he is “against race mixing”, supports the idea to “send them back” and offering a prediction of “genocide”.

Twitter account of El Paso, Texas mass murderer Crusius

This picture is from the Twitter account of the El Paso, Texas mass murderer Crusius. ‘MAGA‘ refers to Make America Great Again, Donald Trump‘s slogan. ‘Duke’ refers to racist Republican politician and ex-Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke.

According to local police, Crusius committed the El Paso racist massacre with a legally bought gun.

Pufferfish love life update


This 1 August 2019 video says about itself:

Watch pufferfish beach themselves for mass mating | Science News

A mass of Japanese grass pufferfish let themselves wash briefly ashore for frenzied mating at one of the beaches where they gather when conditions are just right (cue the moonlight).

By Susan Milius, 12:07pm, August 1, 2019:

There’s more to pufferfish than that goofy spiked balloon

Pufferfish can have frenzied romantic lives, not to mention strange teeth

So what if fish need water to live. For certain pufferfish, flirting on the sand of a moonlit beach is irresistible (in bursts). And that’s not the only odd thing the ocean’s famous self-inflators do.

Some of the 200 or so species in the puffer family take courtship to extremes. On a few moonlit nights a year at some Asian shores, Japanese grass pufferfish (Takifugu niphobles) flock to the beach to mate.

“A big ball of these pufferfish, maybe 400 fish, will sort of rise up on the rising tide and beach themselves,” says Gareth Fraser, an evolutionary developmental biologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Typically, that ball contains several hundred males and maybe one female, he says. The males start jumping around, releasing sperm onto the watery sand where a female discharges eggs. When a wave eventually sloshes in high enough, it washes them back to sea.

Sand underwater holds allure as well. Males of a species not recognized until 2014 turned out to be the architects of mysterious underwater versions of crop circles. These white-spotted pufferfish (Torquigener albomaculosus) spend days plowing and fin flapping sand into great symmetrical rosettes as welcome mats for female visitors.

This video says about itself:

Puffer Fish Constructs A Masterpiece of Love – BBC Earth

To attract a female fish, the Japanese puffer fish will work 24 hours a day, for an entire week in a row, to create the most stunning sand art.

This most incredible video from BBC Earth gives us glorious look at nature and fish in particularly. After watching this video, people will hopefully look differently on fishes and treat them more kindly.

The Susan Milius article continues:

Courtship among some in the pufferfish family, however, can be pretty brutal, Fraser says. “Sometimes, the male will bite with these really sharp beaks on the abdomen of the females.”

It was those strange beaks, more parrot than shark, that first nibbled Fraser’s scientific curiosity. The first teeth in baby puffers seem unremarkably vertebrate. But as the young fish grow up, the rows of pointy bits gives way to two nubs that stretch sideways along the jaw, eventually creating a pair of long, sharp-edged blades. With one set of blades along the upper jaw and another on the lower, adult puffers “can chop a fish in half and then feast on it,” he says. Aquarists need to feed their pufferfishes plenty of hard-shelled mollusks to wear down the blades or trim them back with a fish version of a nail clipper. If the beaks overgrow, the fish can’t eat.

In the intimidating body part catalog, pufferfishes are perhaps best known for turning into spiky balls when outraged. These spines perk upright when puffers gulp water to balloon out their abdomens. Some of the same gene networks that put feathers on birds and hairs on mammals turn out to put the protective spines on puffers, Fraser and colleagues report July 25 in iScience. Those spines have evolved from the scales that covered distant fish ancestors. But between today’s skinny spines, modern pufferfishes are totally naked. Try not to stare.