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Giant Rare Squid appears in Japan

For Christmas Eve 2016 a giant squid made its presence ..

Tokyo (CNN). It isn’t every day that a mystery from the deep swims into plain sight. But on Christmas Eve, spectators on a pier in Toyama Bay in central Japan were treated to a rare sighting of a giant squid.

Please Click on the Link below

( I can’t embed the video here )

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/28/asia/toyama-japan-giant-squid/

Squid Symbolism

People with a Squid totem have the ability to read the moods of others.
They can read body language of those around them.


Squid uses light, color and form to communicate and their totem people have this ability also. Squid people usually blush easily.

Read about cephalopod Totems  HERE

2016 The Year of New Beginnings –  read   HERE

Let’s have Fun – go in the Polls !

Okay, it’s time to slow down a bit and have some fun or entertainment by having your say in one of the “Fascinating Animals” and / or “Our Lovely World” Polls.

It’s easy – just click on the Titles above or on the Links below to join in, and to view the Results.

I’ll even place a Poll in this Post.  Don’t be lethargic or stick-in-the-mud, your say is “annonymous” and the results could be quite interesting.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/polls/

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/polls/

 

NOW, for this Post’s Poll !

In the Beginning was ……  no, you CAN’T choose Aliens or God or Nothing or the Void, because the Poll is actually about either Light or Sound

I once attended an Astrology course and had an argument with the teacher about whether Light or Sound was in the VERY beginning, the first thing emanating from the “Void”.  You may choose to say there was both Light and Sound at the same time, but it will be interesting to see how many choose only “Light” and how many choose only “Sound.”

 

This Post  about what physicist Professor Brian Cox says about “what makes the universe up or down” may help you answer.

By the way, the reason for my answer can be found by clicking  HERE.

ENJOY, if you do, and share with your friends.

Polite discussion about this Poll is invited.  You will need a WordPress Username to comment (which is a requirement to try to stop spammers from posting silly stuff on this Blog).

Click on the tab titled “WordPress” at the top for steps on how to get a WordPress Username/”Account”.

Trichogramma Wasp

Trichogramma_wasp

Scientific Classification:   Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta,  Order Hymenoptera, family Trichogrammatidae, approx 650 Trichogramma spp.

Imagine if you were only about half a centimetre in size and had a life span of just 2 weeks.  You wouldn’t have time to complain about others or to feel angry or jealous of others.  The Trichogramma Wasp is just such a creature.  Adults are 1/50 inch or 0.18mm in dimension, and are a beautiful golden yellow in colour, or yelow and black, with bright red eyes, short antennae and compact bodies.

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Spaceship Earth


Apollo astronauts take photos of Earth from space.

Click on the word Vimeo to watch it in full screen.

Did you know that in 1966, British economist and writer, Barbara Mary Ward coined the term “Spaceship Earth?”   Read about that here.

one earth or none

Dolphin seeks help from Diver

This intelligent Bottlenose Dolphin, unfortunately wrapped up in broken fishing line, sees a Diver and seeks help from the human being. Despite the captions on the original video, all of the line and the hook were removed, as Fox News shows at the link below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Hover your mouse and click on the little “icon” in the bottom right corner of the video above to go to Full Screen size. When will Homo sapiens learn that the world is for non human beings as well as for them? Yes, some will say this is an example of unavoidable “collateral damage” if we want fresh fish on our dinner plates, BUT I think there is too much “collateral damage”. Luckily for this Dolphin, she/he was smart and brave enough to go to the lead Diver (Diving Instructor) for help.

I like how the Fox News presenter says “Don’t ever under-estimate the animals, it’s the humans we sometimes have to worry about.”

Cladograms & Evolution – We are all related

Brontosaurus

Brontosaurus painting by Charles Knight

Phylogenetics orPhylogenetic systematics is a discipline and a field of biology that aims to identify and understand the evolutionary relationships among the many different kinds of life forms on earth, both living (extant) and dead (extinct)Cladistics uses an understanding of phylogenetics to look at the “Tree of Life” and uses a type of diagram called a Cladogram to represent branched “evolutionary relationships” or phylogenies.

Phylogenies are lists or diagrams that show the evolutionary paths taken by populations of organisms through many generations and over long periods of time.

Nomenclature is the devising or choosing of names for things, especially within a branch of science. Systematics or Taxonomy is the branch of biology that deals with classification and nomenclature of organisms or life forms.  A binomial (or two word) nomenclature is used to label and identify known species, using a Genus name and a Species name.  Please see    this   post here for in depth information about TAXONOMY.

Classification of Grizzly Bear

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This simple diagram shows Linnaeus’s system of Binomial Nomenclature for the Grizzly Bear, whose two word scientific name is Ursus arctos.
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David Attenborough – Master Natural Historian of Life on Earth

David Attenborough - Life on Earth

David Attenborough filming “Life on Earth”

Sir David Attenborough (born 8 May 1926 in London, England) is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker.   His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited.   Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world’s leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including: Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005).

The final chapter in the Life series, Life in Cold Blood is the grand finale to David’s survey of life on earth.

He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.   In 1965, Sir David became Controller of BBC2 and was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain.  In January 1969, he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both of the BBC’s television networks.  Then, in 1973, he resigned to return to programme-making, claiming “I haven’t even seen the Galapagos Islands”.  First came Eastwards with Attenborough, a natural history series set in South East Asia, then The Tribal Eye, examining tribal art.

He is a younger brother of director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough.  He is widely considered a national treasure, although he himself doesn’t care for the term.

David Attenborough received a Knighthood for services to broadcasting in 1985.

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