animal watch

Many aquatic species struggle to live in underwater conditions. Clownfish however, are excellent at using their strengths to survive the harsh conditions of the sea. [read more...]
One of the most common animals in the world is pigs. Though they have a reputation for being among the filthiest of creatures, pigs are actually quite clean. Many people assume pigs are dirty because these mammals cool themselves off by rolling around on the ground; however, when pigs are in a cool environment, they stay cleaner than one might imagine. Overall, pigs are unique animals with many fascinating traits. [read more...]
Many people are used to seeing icicles hanging from tree branches, but some might now know that icicles also exist beneath the ocean. These underwater icicles, brinicles, are also referred to as “sea stalactites” because of their unique in-water formation. [read more...]
Paramecia are microscopic, single-celled living organisms shaped like slippers. They are found in fresh lake water and have the fascinating ability to shoot out poison darts called trichocysts to wound and capture their prey. [read more...]
Recent studies involving 3-D glasses reveal a perhaps surprising truth: praying mantises have depth perception. [read more...]
African elephants' teeth are just as important to them as their hearts or any other major organs are, according to veterinary dentist David Fagan. Without their teeth, these massive mammals would certainly die. [read more...]
For some, Jamaican coffee is a staple. Whether it helps you wake up at the crack of dawn or it complements your afternoon doughnut, the world seems to run on coffee. Unfortunately, Jamaican coffee has been in decline for years. But there just might be hope for Jamaican coffee farmers and lovers, in the surprising form of birds. [read more...]
The fact that giraffes have long necks is commonly known. But what might surprise some people is that it wasn't always this way, and there are many theories why. [read more...]
There are many fascinating animals living in Africa, but the most interesting to me are giraffes and elephants. [read more...]
Eurasian Woodcocks are great, wondrous creatures with many interesting quirks and features. But the real question is, can you find them? [read more...]
African elephants are massive, majestic creatures; unfortunately, however, they are also endangered. African elephants are getting shot and killed every day for their ivory in their tusks. Ivory is sold all around the world as a luxury item. Elephants are also hunted for their meat and skin, both of which can be used for fashion purposes. [read more...]
You may not know that “Great White Sharks” was not the original name for this fierce, aquatic species. These sharks were originally known by their Latin name, carcharodon carcharias. [read more...]
Deep in the Atlantic Ocean live the spotted dolphins. Their tails and fins help them swim fast so they can capture their prey. Some may think these speedy creatures are fish, but they are actually mammals. [read more...]
Some people view wolves as vicious predators but, in reality, their hunting habits actually help preserve nature's order. [read more...]
For some, Jamaican coffee is a staple. Whether it helps you wake up at the crack of dawn or it complements your afternoon doughnut, the world seems to run on coffee. Unfortunately, Jamaican coffee has been in decline for years. But there just might be hope for Jamaican coffee farmers and lovers, in the surprising form of birds. [read more...]
Insects have been on Earth for more than 300 million years. Over one million species of insects are known, making them the most abundant group of animals on Earth. [read more...]
Bees are important pollinators; however, they have recently been declining in population across the country. In response to this alarming trend, Ortho, a pesticide company and a and part of the Miracle-Grow family has decided to remove neonicotinoids or neonics, a chemical that may harm bees, from their home and garden products by 2021. [read more...]
When most people think about summer, they think of fun, relaxing, and warm days. For many dogs, it is completely the opposite. More than half of all dogs suffer from "noise anxiety." During the summer, with window-rattling thunderstorms and earsplitting fireworks, it is quite a stressful season for them. A dog's senses are much better than a human's are, and one of their greatest senses is hearing. While a human might think fireworks are loud, to dogs the impressive Fourth of July displays are even louder. Their keen hearing abilities amplify the sounds, thus creating a panicky environment for our loyal companions. [read more...]
A reef is an area found at the bottom of an ocean where different kinds of colorful coral, fish, crab, starfish, and many other aquatic animals can be found. [read more...]
Wolves are very fascinating species. From their social system to their form of communication, there is so much to be learned about wolves. Two types of wolves in particular make for a fascinating study; the Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf. [read more...]
Have you ever wondered how turtles got their shells? Researchers recently discovered fossils that have helped them to determine just how these slow-moving evolved from soft-backed creatures into hard shelled animals. [read more...]
The world has nearly 4,500 kinds of mammals – all of which are unique, from how they reproduce to their various body sizes. [read more...]
There are many amazing animals that live in the desert. They all have unique adaptations that allow them to withstand the desert heat. [read more...]
Pearls are captivating objects. Though they are widely used for jewelry and decoration, some may not know how they are made or where they come from. [read more...]
Have you heard of the Wood Frog and its mysterious survival tactic? This frog freezes solid every winter, just to make it to spring! Most frogs spend winter in the bottom of large bodies of water. Wood Frogs, however, sit beneath the snow under a layer of leaves. When winter rolls around, their hearts stop, blood stops pumping through their veins, and their brains stop functioning. The lenses of their eyes freeze and turn white while ice crystals surround their internal organs. The frog is technically dead, but its individual cells live on. Seven to eight months later, the frogs begin to thaw and their organs start to function again. [read more...]
The Norway lemming is a small but well-built, animal. It is well-adapted its freezing cold habitat. The Norway lemming can be found in northern Europe, Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia. [read more...]
Deep below the ocean surface where sunlight cannot reach, organisms have adapted in astounding ways to deal with total darkness. [read more...]
Butterflies often grace the skies with their beautiful presence. But these winged-creatures haven’t always been so beautiful: they transition from caterpillars to become their final form. [read more...]
Many types of sea life are disappearing due to changes in the underwater ecosystem. Overfishing and global warming are the roots of this problem. Because of this, you might think all aquatic species would be in danger. But, dive deeper into the ocean and you’d see a surprising survivor –– the jellyfish. [read more...]
The Arctic is not a place many humans would call home, however, but it's just that for some birds. Though most birds live in warm climates and migrate elsewhere when it gets cold, Arctic birds stick it out through each freezing winter. Arctic birds live in the treeless tundra. [read more...]
The desert jerboa, a small but fast kangaroo-like rodent, has adapted to live in barren lands and desert environments. An animal that not many people know about, the jerboa’s lifespan lasts only about two years. This rodent feeds on seeds, stems, roots of grasses, plants, and occasionally insects. There are 32 types of jerboas whose habitats range across North Africa, the Sahara and the Middle East. [read more...]
You know what they say, the stirrings of a butterfly's wings might cause a hurricane. However, butterflies’ wings have been stirring a lot less lately. [read more...]
Animals living in the freezing Arctic have adapted in several ways to survive. Seals survive the frigid water because of their thick skin, for example. In contrast, sea lions can stay out of the water because they have back flippers to push themselves around on land. [read more...]
Siberian Tigers, also known as Panthera Tigris Altica, are the biggest of the big cats. These creatures are among the most ferocious predators in the animal kingdom. They live in north-eastern China and North and South Korea. Like the closely related Snow leopard, Unicia unicia, Siberian Tigers thrive in extremely cold weather. [read more...]
Did you know that the word “hippopotamus” is Greek for river horse? The horse and hippopotamus certainly have many similarities like wide nostrils and small ears; however, the hippopotamus more closely resembles a really big pig. [read more...]
What’s black, white, and fishy all over? The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin species, that’s who. The Short-Beaked Common Dolphins’ scientific name is Delphinus Delphi. Dolphins live in temperate and warm waters. They can reach six and a half to eight and a half feet in length and typically weigh 155 to 250 pounds. [read more...]
Giraffes are like snowflakes – no two look alike. But giraffes share characteristics; they have huge hearts and tongues, to they only give birth to one calf and their “vulnerable” status. On average, giraffes tend to live 20-25 years. Like any other mammal, they have vertebrae. [read more...]
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Puma and a Cougar? That was a trick question. "Puma" and "Cougar" are actually just nicknames for the Mountain Lion, which is not really a lion at all. The name was given to this cat relative because it resembles a female lioness. Another cat relative with a trick in its name is the Bobcat. [read more...]
Spring has finally sprung. Hello flowers, bees, and honey! But how is honey made? Honey is a very versatile food. People use it to sweeten drinks and foods, eat it plain, or put it on food as a topping. However, there is a long process before this sweet goo ends up on your plate. [read more...]
For years, spider silk was known as the strongest biological material, but a recent discovery has changed that. A new substance found in nature is five times stronger than spider silk: limpet teeth. Limpets are aquatic snails with extremely strong teeth. [read more...]
One of the world's most amazing lizards is the plumed basilisk found in the forests of Central America, plumed basilisks, known in Latin as basiliscus plumifrons, were named after a mythical Greek monster. Unlike their namesake, basilisks cannot turn predators into stone, but they do have a trick that is almost as useful. These lizards can run on water! This is useful because when the basilisk needs to run away from a predator, they can escape to the safety of the water. [read more...]
Pygmy chimpanzees are known as smart, outgoing, and willing to please creatures. But much of humankind may never admit that these animals could be as intelligent as we are. [read more...]
Do you want to know about one of the rarest monkeys in the world? Then read on to learn about the golden lion tamarin monkey! [read more...]
Flamingos are usually known for their beautiful pink plumage. One flamingo, however, gained fame early this year for its rare black feathers. Spotted among pink and white flamingos, onlookers first noticed the unusual black flamingo at the Akrotiri Environmental Center on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus this April. [read more...]
Normally, you would find new aquatic species in an ocean. Recently, however, scientists in Australia discovered a new type of sea horse in a surprising place—a museum. This new species of sea horse is called Ruby Seadragon. [read more...]
The grey heron has great patience, grace and agility. These characteristics are needed in its everyday life—from breeding to feeding. [read more...]
Flamingos are usually known for their beautiful pink plumage. One flamingo, however, gained fame early this year for its rare black feathers. Spotted among pink and white flamingos, onlookers first noticed the unusual black flamingo at the Akrotiri Environmental Center on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus this April. [read more...]
Every year thousands of helpless animals are illegally hunted, bringing them one step closer to extinction by poachers. But with new technology, these crimes can be stopped. The animal's potential savior—drones. [read more...]
Peacock spiders are very small arachnids found in Eastern Australia. These creepy crawlies are as small as a pencil eraser. The male peacock spider is well known for its bright colors and showy mating dance, so it is bound to attract any Arachnologist [read more...]
Do you remember Crush the sea turtle from the movie Finding Nemo? He took long, awesome journeys across the ocean. So do many green turtles. Green turtles are very interesting; from their horny plates that serve as teeth, to the 1,600 eggs they lay every year, there is much to learn about these unique creatures. [read more...]
The northern lynx is a complex creature. It manages not only to survive in extremely cold weather, but also to live a fairly long life. [read more...]
Red pandas are extraordinary creatures. From their bushy tails to their habits, they are equipped to survive the harsh, cold weather in the Himalayas. [read more...]
The very first horses originated in North America almost two million years ago. However, the species almost disappeared from the New World around 10,000 B.C.E. Researches believe that people who migrated from Eurasia to North America around this time and hunted and captured horses are to blame for their near-extinction. [read more...]
Wolves are commonly known as ferocious and intolerant loners, but think again: they are so much more than this scary reputation! [read more...]
Wind farms are a great source of energy. In the past, however, they have had a complicated relationship with wildlife. Yet, wind farms among British and German waters have recently been beneficial for marine creatures like harbor seals [read more...]
It is well known that kangaroos carry their young in their pouches, but did you know they are not the only animals to do so? In fact, all marsupials carry their young in pouches. [read more...]
Crunch! This is sound made when an African elephant chews its food. African elephants chow down between 400 and 600 pounds of plants and other greens a day. In order to break down this extreme amount of food, their teeth must be crunching all the time. [read more...]
With unique teeth structure to hunting patterns, foxes roam all over the world. [read more...]
Even though corals and jellyfish look nothing alike, they are very closely related. They are both coelenterates. Jellyfish, sea anemones, and coral are all coelenterates. Coelenterates are a group of animals that have no brain, and for the most part, no backbone or skeleton and simply made up of nerves and muscles. [read more...]
Leatherback turtles are the largest sea turtle species. They are so huge that their own body weight could kill them. They weigh 1,948 pounds and can grow up to nine feet in length. [read more...]
ave you heard of Noturus gyrinus? What about Pylodictis olivaris? Or Ictalurcs punctacus? Maybe you have heard of the catfish? The name “catfish” comes from its cat-like whiskers. These whiskers, or barbels, are organs around the mouth that are used for touch, taste, and to find food. [read more...]
When people think of birds in the rainforests they might initially picture a toucan. These unique animals have become a symbol of tropical America. [read more...]
Rays roamed the world’s waters for 150 million years. A ray is not a single species, but rather a group of similar animals. This group includes sawfish, stingrays, manta rays, electric rays, and torpedo rays. [read more...]
African Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth today – yet they only eat salad. [read more...]
Like humans, animals can be left or right-sided. Sidedness refers to using one side of the body more than the other. Almost all vertebrate groups show signs of sidedness. [read more...]
Fifty years ago, some researchers found two enormous dinosaur arms. Since then, palaeontologists have been wondering what kind of dinosaur these arms belonged to. [read more...]
Birds are known for migrating long distances, but some birds can fly much farther than others. Bar-tailed godwits, bristled-thighed curlews, and arctic terns can travel more than 7,000 miles. They can travel thousands of miles above the ocean without stopping to eat or orient themselves.These birds have adapted in order to take these long journeys. [read more...]
When in the northern Tibetan plateau, look out for wild yaks. If they feel threatened, these creatures are more likely to attack than their domesticated yak cousins are. [read more...]
Do you know if fish drink water? Some actually do, depending on the quantity of the salt in their bodies compared to the quantity of salt in their environments. [read more...]
Over the past three decades, zebra mussels have found their way into United States’ waters. Native to the Black and Caspian seas, these mussels travel by latching onto sea-going ships or stowing away in ships’ ballasts. Now, zebra mussels can be found in the Mississippi River, some parts of California, and even the Great Lakes. [read more...]
Bobcats are interesting creatures with specific eating, hunting, and sleeping habits. [read more...]
Recently estimated at fewer than 10,000, the mink population may be in deep water. In fact, the semi-aquatic creatures are losing their habitats at a rapid rate. [read more...]
Imagine a human's pregnancy lasting for nearly two years. 14 months longer than a human's gestation period, en elephant's pregnancy lasts exactly that long. New research offers insight into how elephants expect for so long. [read more...]
A vicious shark, the wobbegong lives around coral reefs, under piers, in sandy bays, and in warm, tropical waters of the Pacific near Australia. This “carpet shark”, as it is sometimes called, gets its name from the aboriginal people of Costal Australia. [read more...]
For the past 12,000 years, the American Pika, a small rabbit-like animal, has been retreating farther and farther up their home in the mountains. In fact, in the last century one third of their population in Oregon and Nevada has completely ceased to exist. [read more...]
Gray whales can grow as large as a bus. On average, gray whales are 40 to 50 feet long and are typically covered by small parasites. Unlike most ocean creatures, gray whales are mammals. They are also omnivores, which means that they eat both plants and smaller sea creatures. [read more...]
High foreclosure rates have resulted in abandoned homes which are becoming habitats for unpleasant occupants no one wants living next door—mosquitoes. [read more...]
There are many mysterious fish that roam the ocean. They come in many sizes, colors and shapes. One of those fish is the Pacific barrreleye. The Pacific barreleye was discovered in 1939, but scientists only knew what it looked like because of mangled body parts found in fishing nets. The first photo of this mysterious fish was taken in 2004 by scientists in the deep waters of California. [read more...]
The rainforest is filled with many colorful animals and plants. It contains the most species of animals in the world, including chameleons, poison arrow tree frogs, pythons, toucans and sloths. [read more...]
Did you know that not all dragonflies share the same physical structure? In fact, Common Whitetail dragonflies are not large in size, but they have bigger abdomens than many other species of dragonfly. [read more...]
Animals communicate in many different ways. Some of the ways they communicate are by using colors, movement, chemicals, and sounds. [read more...]
Snowy owls are beautiful birds that camouflage well with their northern environment. [read more...]
Hey! Do you like turtles? I do! [read more...]
When most people think of spiders, they picture creepy, crawly, eight-legged monsters lurking in dusty corners. But spiders are more than just creepy. In fact, there are many species of spider in North America, each with unique capabilities. Some of the most common species are Grass spiders, California Wolf spiders, and Black-and-yellow Argiope spiders. [read more...]
Some animals have evolved defenses that are scary and dangerous. Here’s a few you might want to avoid [read more...]
The monarch butterfly has a cool way of escaping the bitter cold winter: migration. In the late summer and early fall, North American monarchs, known as the wanderers, make a long grueling trip from Canada to as far south as Mexico. Monarchs are the only known butterflies to make two-way migrations like birds. But, no single butterfly makes the entire journey. [read more...]
Dromedary camels are native to North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. These camels can survive in temperatures other animals would die from. They are often referred to as “ships of the desert” because of their ability to conserve energy and survive for long periods without drinking water. [read more...]
Bears are the largest meat-eating animals that live on land. Some bears weigh more than 1,300 pounds. There are seven different species of bears, but some scientists also consider including the giant panda, bringing the total to eight. [read more...]
Somewhere in the Siberian forests, roams the largest predatory cat in the world, the Siberian tiger. [read more...]
Wildcats are large animals such as lions, leopards, or tigers. Some wildcats live alone, and some live in groups. Although there are many types of wildcats, they all share certain qualities. One thing all wildcats have in common is their strong senses. [read more...]
Unlike other species in the animal kingdom, reptiles often change their appearance in order to attract or distract other animals. Some do this by flashing colors, others do it by popping out or expanding their extra skin. [read more...]
It is commonly known that penguins live in cold environments. But did you know that they can also thrive in warm climates? [read more...]
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a dangerous sea creature? For most people, sharks are the first thing that they think of. [read more...]
Pygmy Rabbits are the smallest rabbits in North America. Eight years ago this species was nearly extinct. Now, with help from scientists, these tiny rabbits might make an unusual comeback. [read more...]