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Fa-reaks of nature

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by zupermaus, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. slycedbred

    slycedbred Senior member

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    very awesome... when i started reading this thread i knew that new prehistoric shark would be mentioned...

    this really interests me--as a pre-med major, I'm taking lots of biology courses.

    i especially like the parasitic spores--if chuck norris were a spore, this is the spore he'd be.
     
  2. Tokyo Slim

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    A small but highly efficient killing machine"”a hornet two inches long and with a wingspan up to three inches"”lurks in the mountains of Japan. The voracious predator has a quarter-inch stinger that pumps out a dose of venom with an enzyme so strong it can dissolve human tissue.

    Bees, other hornet species, and larger insects such as praying mantises are no match for the giant hornets, which often stalk their prey in relentless armies. Just one of these hornets can kill 40 European honeybees a minute; a handful of the creatures can slaughter 30,000 European honeybees within hours, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs.

    People are not the Japanese giant hornet's usual prey, but those who have felt its sting describe the pain as excruciating. Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University, near Tokyo, said it's "like a hot nail through my leg."

    Someone who is stung by the hornet and doesn't receive proper treatment soon thereafter can die from the venom, which is powerful enough to disintegrate human flesh. About 40 people die each year after being stung by giant hornets
     
  3. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    From wiki on that bee thing up there: "In Japan's mountain villages, the larvae and pupae of hornets are valued as a delicacy. They are eaten deep fried or as a kind of hornet sashimi." DAYumm.
     
  4. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Cassowaries are badass. One of them threatened me in Vienna, carving up a tree trunk.

    Keas are crazy. They live in the mountains -- amid the snow -- in New Zealand and are fiendishly intelligent.
     
  5. LabelKing

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    As an amateur enthusiast of natural history, I appreciate these animals though my Victorian-science side wants to taxidermy every single one of them for a collection.

    The Mola Mola:

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    The famous platypus:

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    Portuguese Man of War:

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    The Whale Shark:

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  6. Kaizen

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    I am never going outside again! [​IMG]
     
  7. zupermaus

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    Right, hereby presenting...

    The box jellyfish - there are 19 different species

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    The worlds most venomous creature, said to be the greatest pain one can inflict upon a person. In breeding seasons millions of these things suspend their tentacles through Australian waters forcing thousands of beaches to close - and believe me you wouldnt want to go swimming. 5,600 people have died since 1950.

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    There are up to 60 tentacles 3 metres long on each one of these suckers. The slightest hair trigger will shoot tiny harpoons into your skin that pump out the venom - a substance so toxic it dissolves human flesh via the arteries, and hits every pain receptor in your immune system.

    A researcher describes being stung very very slightly. Whilst holding a jellyfish inside a bucket, one of the tentacles was drooped over the edge of the slop. As the researcher walked the tentacle swayed and just touched his hand. He said that tiny hair touch was like someone holding a red hot poker to him and not moving.

    Eyewitnesses describe the death of an unfortunate swimmer who jumped in the sea ignoring the warning signs. Within seconds they heard an inhuman scream, the man was frothing and having a fit. They dragged him out and he had passed out from the pain - he had been stung all across his torso. The paramedics took a while to arrive to the deserted beach, and took him to the city, where he died later in hospital.
    ...But get this, he was screaming the whole time, on the beach, through the ambulance ride, on the operating table - unconscious. Not moaning, screaming.

    survivors are scarred for life
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  8. zupermaus

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    more Mola mola albino specimen [​IMG] cute juveniles [​IMG] adult [​IMG] Up to 11ft long [​IMG]
     
  9. texas_jack

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    I've been stung by one of these a couple times. It sucks ass.
     
  10. Mr T

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    I try to stay away from nature. The creatures out there always seem up to something.
     
  11. LabelKing

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    The Flamboyant Cuttlefish which walks as its main form of movement: [​IMG] Birds of Paradise: [​IMG] The now extinct Quagga, which was a zebra sub-species: [​IMG]
     
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  13. zupermaus

    zupermaus Senior member

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    they say every day do something that scares you [​IMG]
     
  14. kwilkinson

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    This thread rocks. I love being introduced to new species, without the obligatory crikey.

    +1. Amazing stuff, but creeping my shit OUT!

    I bet after reading this, whomever it was in the other thread that had the centipede in his room is glad it was only a centipede!
     
  15. zupermaus

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    this ones for you wilkie: These have a poisonous bite [​IMG] the Amazonian variety (baby): [​IMG] And the biggest f***er of all be warned footage of a mouse fed to a giant centipede:
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  16. kwilkinson

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    ^^ The natural world and the creatures in it are some of the most fascinating and freakishly disgusting things!!

    I can't watch that video at work, but when I get home tonight, first thing I'm doin is watching a centipede eating a mouse!
     
  17. Homme

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    ^ I saw a video of a mouse (in an enclosed fish tank) getting eaten by piranhas once. Poor little thing was trying to swin around and avoid them, but they caught it and started biting off chunks of flesh. It didn't last long.
     
  18. zupermaus

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    I don't get why we don't kill them ourselves with a quick blow (flick of the tail) just before feeding them to the pet. The best way apparently is to put them in the freezer [​IMG]
     
  19. zupermaus

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    I just got this sent to me from another forum. Seriously, it looks like Bigfoot's oven glove.
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Apparently its a hairy caterpillar moth from Bolivia. Another baby sent: The Shield Octopus (aka Dumbo Octopus). It can grow to 1.5 m across! [​IMG] this is how I felt in my job interview yesterday [​IMG] The Glowing Sucker Octopus (aka Rosemary's Baby) [​IMG]
     
  20. Omar1223

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    A small but highly efficient killing machine"”a hornet two inches long and with a wingspan up to three inches"”lurks in the mountains of Japan. The voracious predator has a quarter-inch stinger that pumps out a dose of venom with an enzyme so strong it can dissolve human tissue.

    Bees, other hornet species, and larger insects such as praying mantises are no match for the giant hornets, which often stalk their prey in relentless armies. Just one of these hornets can kill 40 European honeybees a minute; a handful of the creatures can slaughter 30,000 European honeybees within hours, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs.

    People are not the Japanese giant hornet's usual prey, but those who have felt its sting describe the pain as excruciating. Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University, near Tokyo, said it's "like a hot nail through my leg."

    Someone who is stung by the hornet and doesn't receive proper treatment soon thereafter can die from the venom, which is powerful enough to disintegrate human flesh. About 40 people die each year after being stung by giant hornets



    great thread and great posts so far. related to this, check this video out, 10 of these big japanese hornets eat and kill thousands and thousands of normal honey bees.

    http://www.popgive.com/2007/12/10-gi...-vs-10000.html
     

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