No Heart, No Brain, No Blood: 20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Jellyfish

No Heart, No Brain, No Blood: 20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Jellyfish

Whether they’re simplistic clear blobs marooned on a beach or colorful floaters that form the basis of many nightmares, what are jellyfish exactly? Let’s take a look at a creature that is significantly more interesting, and unfortunately deadlier, than they appear. They Aren’t Fish A jellyfish is certainly gelatinous, but is it a fish? Not at all. A type of zooplankton, it is more scientifically appropriate to refer to them as Jellies, so do so! What is plankton? Plankton is typically defined as a type of small or microscopic organisms, drifting or floating in the sea or fresh water. Jellies […]

Do Fish Drink Water?

Do Fish Drink Water?

Without water, there is not life; and this is an un-escapable fact for all organisms on earth. For animals, droughts can have a devastating effect causing mass extinctions and population crashes. Water is taken in via drinking it in through the mouth, a simple method that is second nature to us. But what about species that live in water? Do fish drink water? Why water is important for life Water makes up a large part of our bodies, as it does with all animals. In people this figure is around the 60%-70% mark. Now luckily we are not walking puddles, […]

How Do Fish Sleep?

How Do Fish Sleep?

Most people, myself included, love a bit of sleep. While we can often get by on varying amounts, it is agreed that sleep is essential to be able to function well the next day; after all a coffee can only go so far! All mammalian species, from wild animals to our beloved pets enjoy a good nap; curling up in their burrows or hide outs when needed. But what about our underwater friends, the fish? How does a fish sleep, if they do at all? Defining sleep To determine whether or not fish sleep, it is necessary to define what […]

9 Facts About Mosquitoes That May Surprise You

9 Facts About Mosquitoes That May Surprise You

Mosquitoes might just be the most irritating creatures on the planet. The itching and the incessant buzzing drive people crazy all over the world, but dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that mosquitoes are actually pretty fascinating – even if they are incredibly annoying. Here are some eye-opening mosquito facts that might just make you warm a little to these pesky bugs. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on earth Forget snakes, sharks, and lions, mosquitoes are actually the creatures to fear. There are more deaths attached to mosquitoes every year than any other animal in the world. Seems strange […]

8 Amazing Neurological Facts About Animal Brains

8 Amazing Neurological Facts About Animal Brains

The brain is an intriguing organ. Although we know a lot about the functioning of the human brain and animal brains there is still much about brains that allude us. Study on the brain is continuous and often scientists turn to animal brains in order to find out more about our human brain. You are probably wondering: What is so astounding about an animal’s brain? You may even ask: Aren’t all animal brains alike? Well here are eight neurological facts about animal’s brains that are sure to do more than raise a few eyebrows. These facts will throw all your […]

Wojtek, The Army Bear Who Fought In WW2

Wojtek, The Army Bear Who Fought In WW2

Wojtek (Vojtek), the Syrian bear that garnered fame during the World War 2, led an interesting life, to say at least. This beer-drinking, Nazi-fighting bear was just a cub when he was found by the Polish army, but he went on to do great things that led to numerous statues of him being built. This is his story. Polish prisoners and an Iranian bear It was spring of 1942 and tens of thousands of polish prisoners, captured during the soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 where released from the soviet gulags in Siberia. These men and women, held in soviet […]

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Cats; love them or hate them, there’s no escaping their seemingly improbable nine lives. Part of this stems from the rumour that, no matter what the distance, a falling cat will always land on their feet. But is this the case? Do cats always land on their feet? Quite often, yes. This ability to right themselves has got many a cat out of a sticky situation; seemingly uninjured. So how do they do it? How can they land on their feet when many species (people included), can’t? The Why Before looking at the how, it is important to consider the […]

Short Spine Syndrome: Just 14 Dogs Have This Rare Condition

Short Spine Syndrome: Just 14 Dogs Have This Rare Condition

You might have seen images circling the internet that show “Photoshopped” images of dogs with unnaturally short backs and no necks. While it’s easy to think the images have been tampered with in some way to make them go viral, these dogs actually have a condition called Short Spine Syndrome – they haven’t been Photoshopped into weird goblin-like creatures. What exactly is Short Spine Syndrome? Short Spine Syndrome is a condition that affects very few dogs in the world (there have been less than 20 named). It’s where the vertebrae have been compressed together to shorten the vertebral column, and […]

Are Dogs Really Color Blind?

Are Dogs Really Color Blind?

Dogs are peoples loved companions. They play with us, snuggled with us and are very loyal. Dogs can be more than just furry friends, they can be the eyes of the blind, aid in search and rescue missions and can sniff out illegal substances. It is commonly believed that dogs do all these things while viewing the world in monochrome tones. But what if dogs have the ability to see in color? Could this mean that they can do tasks we thought were beyond their capacity? And could this mean that we can enrich their world with more colorful play […]

Bald Eagle Facts: 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About American Mascot

Bald Eagle Facts: 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About American Mascot

Forming the symbol of freedom and America, the noble icon of the bald eagle is one that’s both mysterious and fascinating. Their huge wingspans demand respect, and once you learn that the species almost completely vanished in the 20th century, they become that much more intriguing. Despite their common appearance on all things patriotic, there are a number of facts people don’t know about these graceful birds. Bald Eagles aren’t “bald” It’s easy to see these birds aren’t bald in the truest sense, so you might be wondering where their name comes from. In actual fact, the “bald” part refers […]

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