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humanelongisland:

Because NO ANIMAL deserves to be CHAINED, BEATEN, and FORCED to perform!
TAKE ACTION: Urge your US Representatives to support the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA)! PLEASE SHARE!
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kyrrahaf:

johnniebobonnie:

vegan-vulcan:

adviceforvegans:

Arturo lives in the blistering sun of Argentina. A naturally Arctic animal spends his days living in 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) of nothing but heat. 

If this upsets you as much as it upsets me, please consider signing the following petitions:

Please allow Arturo to have a better life in the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada

Quickly issue a special import permit to Canada for Arturo the Polar bear.

Free Arturo, Argentina’s only polar bear, from living hell!!!

FREE ARTURO: The Polar Bear In Despair

If you know of any more petitions I can add, please let me know and I’ll add them right away. 

Let’s rescue this poor little guy together!

Oh my god…

"but zoos take good care of their animals"

"but zoos fund conservation efforts"

"but animals usually live longer in captivity"

Not all zoos are the same…

Wow, He does not look good at all. I need to look more into this case asap, though, because you never know what’s happening off camera. For this guy, though, it doesn’t seem like much good. Poor buddy.

Also, as johnnie says: not all zoos are the same. Saying blanket statements like that is no way to spread awareness on this boy’s condition. Many zoos do good work. This does not look to be one of them. 

(Though I do feel the need to point out, that temperature seems to have just been thrown out there on random. The hottest it’s ever gotten in Argentina is 127, and that’s a record breaking temp that was recorded in 1936. The average for the summertime, or the hottest season, varies, but it around 80 degrees, which is still not okay for a polar bear, but it’s certainly not 140 degrees.)

(Also, I do hope he has a separate enclosure for which he can escape the heat. I know the bears at SW have more off-exhibit space than they do on-exhibit space, all of which is kept at appropriate temperature. But that’s the only captive polar bear knowledge I have.)

Ok, i know some people have made comments that i don’t talk to people as much as i should… Its not that i don’t want to, its that i can’t. I have  pretty bad social anxiety and for me just saying ‘Hi’ to anyone is a pretty huge step. So i am sorry to everyone who thinks that i am being rude and not talking to you… I really am not trying to be rude or hurtful :(

nubbsgalore:

photos of sakurajima, the most active volcano in japan, by (click pic) takehito miyatake (previously featured) and martin rietze. volcanic storms can rival the intensity of massive supercell thunderstorms, but the source of the charge responsible for this phenomenon remains hotly debated.

in the kind of storm clouds that generate conventional lightning, ice particles and soft hail collide, building up positive and negative charges, respectively. they separate into layers, and the charge builds up until the electric field is high enough to trigger lightning.

but the specific mechanism by which particles of differing charges are separated in the ash cloud is still unknown. lightning has been observed between the eruption plume and the volcano right at the start of an eruption, suggesting that there are processes that occur inside the volcano to lead to charge separation.  

volcanic lightning could yield clues about the earth’s geological past, and could answer questions about the beginning of life on our planet. volcanic lightning could have been the essential spark that converted water, hydrogen, ammonia, and methane molecules present on a primeval earth into amino acids, the building blocks of life.

(see also: previous volcanology posts)

griseus:

A redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240 meters depth. Seen during the Lophelia II 2008 expedition at the Green Canyon site in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gapers are Lophiiformes, in the anglerfish group, with big heads, a network of open sensory canals,and a lateral canal extending posteriorly along a compressed trunk and tail. They are sit-and-wait, ambush predators

rhamphotheca:

First Live Observations of a Rarely Seen Deep Sea Anglerfish

by Dana Lacono (August, 2012)

With a bulbous body and spiky scales, a shaggy lure dangling from its head, and foot-like fins that it uses to “walk” along the seafloor, the deep-sea anglerfish Chaunacops coloratus looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

In a recent paper, MBARI researcher Lonny Lundsten and his coauthors describe the first observations of these rare fish in their natural, deep-sea habitat. In addition to documenting these fish walking on the seafloor and fishing with their built-in lures, the researchers discovered that the fish change color from blue to red as they get older.

C. coloratus was first described from a single specimen collected off the coast of Panama during an expedition in 1891 aboard the U.S. Fish Commission steamer Albatross. However, for over 100 years, marine researchers collected deep-sea fish using trawl nets and dredges, so this anglerfish was never seen alive. That changed in 2002, when researchers from MBARI, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary used the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon to explore Davidson Seamount—an extinct volcano off the coast of Central California…

(read more: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

belas-imagens:

nubbsgalorephotos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

52orcas:

05. Kayla

Kayla is the second oldest of all the orcas born in captivity. At age two, she was separated from her mother and shipped to different SeaWorld parks. Having never learned how to be a mother herself, Kayla violently rejected her first-born calf. Afterwards, she was moved to SeaWorld Orlando to be in the company of young orcas with their mothers. Kayla’s human trainers regard her as a master of all show behaviors, but to her spectators, Kayla is most known for her striking blue eyes.

orcinusofstars:

stumpytheorca:

wow-whales:

theincredibleorca:

fightingforwhales:

animalplanet:

As you can see, killer whales, or orcas, are adept hunters. But, did you know their favorite food is string ray?

Find out how they hunt their favorite snack here!

"string ray"

Duh, it’s like string cheese!

Animal Planet seriously???

The NZ pod love ‘string ray’ 
X < (Research paper on the orca stingrays diet)
I’m trying not to be too sarcastic, but thats animal frikin planet with inaccurate data.

animal planet what happened to u

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