A collection of photos/videos of truly amazing animals

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Albino Ratfish Caught

September 25, 2007—This ghostly animal is a completely different kettle of fish.

The albino white-spotted ratfish caught this summer during a marine survey in Washington's Puget Sound is the first albino fish ever spotted by local scientists.

Ratfish, bottom-dwelling relatives of skates and stingrays, are usually brown with white spots that act as camouflage.

The fish probably owe their name to their exceptionally long tails and rodentlike teeth that crush up clams and other prey lurking in the mud.

"They're pretty ugly," John Reum, the University of Washington doctoral student who caught the fish, told the Associated Press news agency.

The foot-long (30-centimeter-long) pearly white female seen here had pale green eyes and was estimated to be about two or three years old—just an adolescent.

"This animal would stand out like a beacon," fisheries professor Ted Pietsch told the AP. "I don't know why it wasn't eaten long before."

But the rare creature's luck ran out—it died shortly after capture.

It now sparkles as the only albino specimen in the university's collection of 7.2 million fish.

—Christine Dell'Amore

HO/Associated Press/University of Washington

Source: National Geographic

Sorry...haven't updated this thing a while. Well there you go. :]

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Abandoned Ducklings live in Teacup

A pair of tiny abandoned ducklings found battling against waves after being washed out to sea are being nursed back to health - in a teacup.

The fluffy birds were saved from a watery grave when they were found by passing canoeist Chris Murray.

He plucked the pair out of the sea and brought them back to land in his canoe. He then took them to Pennywell Farm, in Buckfastleigh, Devon, where they are recovering from their terrifying ordeal.

Now the tiny creatures are happily paddling around in a small white cup. The ducklings, which are only a few centimetres tall only take up half of the cup's space.

The birds were washed into the sea via the Erme estuary.

Source: The Daily Mail

Friday, August 17, 2007

Surfing Dog

Saint, a 3-year old Golden Retriever catches a wave in Morro Bay, Calif. His owner, Kat Young, said he has been surfing most of his life.

Source: MSNBC Animal Tracks: July 28 - Aug 4

Swan Lake

Swans swim on the Lake Balaton as bad weather keeps tourists off the beach at the cost of Alsooers, 120 km (75miles) south-west of Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007. Last year many swans died around the lake as deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected amoung them. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

Source: Bird Flu on Yahoo! News

Personally, I think this photo is beautiful. There is a larger version on the animal slides at MSNBC.com. Here's the link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20227819/displaymode/1107/s/2/framenumber/9/

Egg-Catching Bear

A bear widens its jaws to eat an egg thrown by visitors as people spend a leisurely day at the zoo in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday Aug. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Source: Yahoo! News

Clinging to a Buoy

A monkey is carried to safety as South Asia wrestles with monsoon flooding on a huge scale. Some 28m people have been affected. (PAVEL, RAHMAN/AP)

Source: BBC News

Rare Persian Leopard Triplets

Three of Budapest Zoo's rare Persian leopard cubs (Panthera pardus saxicolor) stay beside their mother during the first public appearance of the triplet cubs, Bella, Bara and Bahar in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The triplets were born on June 19. (AP Photo/MTI, Noemi Bruzak)

Source: At the Zoo on Yahoo