Monday, April 21, 2008

Nature's Strange, Fantastic, and Disgusting Little Miracles

One of biology class's most nauseating assignments may no longer be necessary now that Japanese scientists have bred a batch of see-through frogs. Since you can observe their internal organs, blood vessels, and eggs through their skin, they can be studied without being dissected!

For centuries it's been said that a mythical creature inhabits a lake in northern Vietnam, and now scientists may have finally discovered the source of the legends: A giant turtle with a rather unfortunate appearance. Some believe it's Kim Qui, the Golden Turtle God, a creature that emerges from the depths at important moments in Vietnamese history.

In 1997, a young Chinese man decided to adopt a snail that he found on his way home from school. For the past eleven years, he's treated the enormous snail (shown above) as a beloved pet, even taking it for walks on the weekends.

A member of an elusive species of angler fish (shown below) was recently caught on camera for the first time. It's the only fish with forward-facing eyes like a human, and according to witnesses, it doesn't swim, but crawls along the ocean floor.

When authorities opened a mysterious package that had been left behind on a Peruvian bus, they discovered the jawbone of a massive beast. Although it's clear that the bone did not belong to a dinosaur, no one's certain what animal once possessed it. Any guesses?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

that fish sounds odd :'>

10:26 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

NESSIE! Yay froggies. :) Would they be able to stay alive when observed?

10:42 AM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

IM: Yep!

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Gamma said...

Love the snail, the pattern on it is so pretty, like sunlight through water.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Invisible Turtle said...

I saw a siamese-twin bug today. It had two heads, twelve legs (I'm assuming, I didn't count) and one... err... rear end. I was about to take a picture when it fell into the grass, gone for good.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

SNAIL!!! o^-^o

3:55 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

The jaw bone kind of looks like part of an elephant.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! I've always dreaded the day when I would have to cut up a reeking frog soaked in cholaraphil.

Kiki: You should read Lo! by Charles Fort. It's a little hard to understand but it's full of odd facts!

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's thought that we evolved from that fish.... he he


6:40 PM  
Blogger Poison said...

I apologize for being off topic, but I was wondering if the appearance of Betty Bent (primarily her sunglasses) and the picture Tara McPherson created were at all based on Edith Head?

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Sekrit7 said...

Oh! I've heard of Lo! My friend says its really good! Are you, perhapes, Falcon? Anyway, the smail is so cool, but don't you think it would be hard to take it for walks, an hour long walk for a block? The frog is awesome! I am against disection, and even have a 'speech' KINDA planned out for the dreadful day. I'm NEVER going to disect, ever! The fish is sooooo cool! I really want to see one.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Kiel said...

sweet!I never want to cut up a live animal again! One time i was disecting a salmon, and by the end of the class i ended up with a piece of it's liver in my mouth, and its eyeball squirted all over my face! whoopee....

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ewwwww!!!!!! Yet good for the frogs. But still - EWWWWWW!!!!

How slow does that guy have to walk so that the snail can keep up with him? The thought makes me lol!

Anonymous # 3: Evolved? From fish? Where'd you learn that?

Invisible Turtle: AWESOME!


8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:06 PM  
Blogger Mai Selffe said...

I saw a six-legged cat on today! That was freaky.
Oh, and invisible turtle, that's really, really TIGHT!

9:22 PM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

I say the jawbone was one of the ever fatal "monchi-chi" ancestors, the giant "mon-suviooooos". pretty brilliant, huh?

6:30 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

Yesterday, my friend and I stayed afterschool and found a backwards ladybug. It had a black shell with red spots, plus, it walked backwards instead of frontwords. We showed it to my science teacher...


...who pretended to eat it. XD

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

I thought that animals-for-dissection were soaked in formaldehyde, not chlorophyll.

The jawbone, or at least the teeth, remind me of an elephant, though it could be a different herbivore.

12:20 PM  

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