A Zorse – A crossbreed between a male Zebra and a female Horse.
Photo credits – Carina Maiwald
Comment by photographer:
Last year, I met an animal which I thought would only exist in my fantasy: a zorse, the hybrid between a zebra stallion and a horse mare. Zuri, the mare you see in the photo, was only 1.5 years old and although I’ve been working as a photographer with horses for over 6 years, this was different from anything I’ve known so far.
The wild instinct is very strong in zorses and I had to rethink a lot of techniques to get the animal’s attention during the session. While a horse is a typical flight animal, a zorse is ready to fight. A horse is curious, a zorse doesn’t want to be bothered, which makes t…Read more
A rare rainbow blanket octopuses caught on camera in the Phillippines.
Blanket octopus pairs are some of the undersea world’s oddest couples. What’s so startling is the size difference: Males are about the size of a walnut—less than an inch long—but some females can reach a whopping six feet long. They can also weigh up to 40,000 times more than males.
That\’s one of the largest size differences between males and females – called sexual size dimorphism – in the animal kingdom.
The Gharial Crocodile. Gahrial Crocodiles are indigenous to India and the Ganges River basin. They are a specialty eater. Their long, thin jaws are evolved to hunt hunt fish. The shape and reduced mass allows them to quickly move their head to snap up swimming fish and eat them.
Penguins on the beach. A pair of Rock Hopper Penguins (one of the 17 penguin species) making the most of Saunders Island, Falkland Islands (Isla Malvinas).
Arguably the most adventurous animals of the Southern Hemisphere, penguins live in extremes few other animals could endure. Sadly, climate change is threatening their food security and nesting ground, causing entire colonies to disappear in a season.
Photo by Devlin Gandy.
Mummified dinosaur in a museum in Canada.
Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur’s undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. Its skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.
Plant revival. Revival of respiration and photosynthesis in dried leaves of Polypodium polypodioides. The plant can stay dead for over 100 years and still be revived and come alive from the introduction of water.
The leaves of the epiphytic fern Polypodium polypodioides, which lives on the branches of trees, are very similar to those of most higher plants except for the presence of scales on the dorsal side of the leaves.
The structure of the cells of the chloroplasts and the mitochondria is the same as that of other higher plants.
The only obvious difference found was that the contents of the central vacuole solidified when dehydrated. P. polypodioides was not damaged by loss of 97% of its…Read more
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