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martian—freeman:

glitterandmetal-yt-da:

stunningpicture:

Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa (Latin name ‘Smaug gigantaeus’)

SMAUG

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THEY USED SMAUG IN THE SCIENTFIC NAME??!

BLESS THIS SCIENCE

Okay one, that thing is amazing and beautiful.

Two, as a biologist I had to go look this up because I never believe Tumblr (sorry, Tumblr), but IT’S TRUE. There are papers out there talking about research done on a lizard named after Smaug in the Hobbit. I love biologists.

(The species was formerly known as Cordylus giganteus. For any nerds on Google Scholar, the paper that outlined the Smaug taxonomy was Stanley et al. 2011, published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Here’s the actual quote on the explanation for the name, in the published paper:

"Etymology: Smaug is the name of the dragon encountered by Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit. According to Tolkien the name is derived from the Old German verb smeugen - to squeeze through a hole. Like the type species, Smaug lived underground and was heavily armoured.” (Stanley et al. 2011)
Amazing.)

(Reblogged from everythingunrelated)

I love egrets and herons because you can watch them and see how elegant and beautiful they are, like this Great Egret I was watching today:

And then they turn around and their heads disappear and they just become…alien…dinosaur…bird things.

Like, what is that? There’s nothing attractive about that. Turn back around!!

gaydicks420:

last night i woke up because two dudes were fighting underneath my window and one dude kept screaming “BRO!! BRO YOU CALLED ME A BITCH IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE BAR BRO!! THE WHOLE BAR!! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT BRO??” he sounded so heart broken. why bro. why did you do this.

(Reblogged from reigningfreedom)
(Reblogged from lilybells)
This is some cute art!

This is some cute art!

(Source: thosecomics)

(Reblogged from gingermumblings)

A couple of weeks ago I went to New York City and, bizarrely, went whale-watching.

Did you know you could go whale-watching in NYC? I sure didn’t, and whale-watching is my obsession. It was a gloomy day, all grey and bad for photos, and we followed a single feeding whale for about 2 hours. It would not have been a particularly remarkable whale-watching trip, except that the boat left from NEW YORK CITY.

In the first photo, you can make out the city skyline in the background. So crazy!

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangilae) - Queen’s, New York

August 2014

ktsaurusr3x:

books-and-whatever:

It’s the first-ever World Shorebirds Day!

I don’t know who declared it World Shorebirds Day, but I am a big fan of shorebirds so I am all for it. Shorebirds are often adorable and often impressive, as they will show up in hundreds and thousands and put on a huge show.

Here are some of my favourite shorebirds:

American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) oyster catchin

Dunlins (Calidris alpina) in a flock of about five hundred during migration

"Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) in the grass

Today is also world vulture day. Birbs all around!

It IS World Vulture Day! Well I don’t think it was very polite of the shorebirds to scoop their day, since vultures really need more good publicity. I will have to post some Turkey Vultures as well!

(Reblogged from ktsaurusr3x)

It’s the first-ever World Shorebirds Day!

I don’t know who declared it World Shorebirds Day, but I am a big fan of shorebirds so I am all for it. Shorebirds are often adorable and often impressive, as they will show up in hundreds and thousands and put on a huge show.

Here are some of my favourite shorebirds:

American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) oyster catchin

Dunlins (Calidris alpina) in a flock of about five hundred during migration

"Ruddy Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) in the grass

(Reblogged from melancholydane)

Loki likes my computer, but she doesn’t like my cell phone that I insist on using to take her photo.

She’s had a pathological hatred of cell phones her entire life for some reason, but that will never stop me from taking her photo! It’s her own fault for being so darn cute.