Flying Foxes, Nudibranchs, and a Bigfoot Anniversary

Several interesting topics presented themselves today that I wanted to share with you. Once again our beautiful planet continues to delight and amaze us with the creatures it still has hidden away in various areas of the world! Can our other Cryptids be far behind?

And today marks a very special anniversary in the world of Bigfoot research! So if you’re interested, read on.

Flying Foxes

The Pemba flying fox (Pteropus voeltzkowi)  is actually an “old world” fruit bat that lives on the island of Pemba in Tanzania. That’s the only place in the world they are found, and due to deforestation and encroaching human population, their numbers are very endangered. The good news is that the locals are joining with conservation efforts and they all hope the future of the Pemba flying fox will be a good one!

These large bats eat the fruit and flowers from a number of local plants and because of that, they are very important to the local ecosystem since they are primarily responsible for the pollination of these plants and the distribution of their seeds.

This fuzzy bat is very social and is normally found in large colonies. The average adult weighs around 1.2 pounds (400-650 g) and their wing span stretches between 5.5 to 6 feet (1.8 m) across. It was named a flying fox because their faces resemble those of foxes.

Unlike other bats, these large animals cannot use echolocation so they navigate by relying on their vision and hearing. These bats are the largest bats in the world. Here’s a photo of a group of them roosting in the tall rainforest tree canopy.

Now from the skies, we turn out attention to the mysterious oceans, home to an unending variety of interesting and hidden animals!

Nudibranchs

I came across this wonderful photo of the cutest little sea creature ever (see below)! I had to find out what it was. Turns out it’s a little sea slug, or nudibranch, named Nembrotha cristata.

This little guy lives in the Indo-West Pacific ocean areas. They are often photographed around Lizard Island in North Queensland, Australia. These animals like to live on coral and rocky reefs scattered with sand and rubble. They feed on hydroids, coral, sponges, and anemones and have been described as voracious eaters.

They secrete acid from the little green spots on their surface, and can swim using muscle contractions. They also have hairs on the bottom of a fleshy “foot” that can move them along, but at a slower pace.

Nudibranchs are shell-less mollusks and are related to the snail, clam, octopus, and squid. This variety, Nembrotha cristata grows to nearly 5 inches in length.

I think they’re very cute! In fact I think I’m becoming a fan of these colorful little animals. If you like them too, here’s a link to a wonderful set of photos of these creatures and their little sea slug cousins – definitely worth viewing!

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/06/nudibranchs/doubilet-photography#/1-green-striped-714.jpg

 

 

 

Bigfoot Anniversary!

Forty five years ago today, the most famous footage of my favorite cryptid, Bigfoot, was captured on videotape!

Over the years many have denigrated the film, claiming it was a hoax, but thanks to scientific investigation and analysis, I’m more than convinced that Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin caught the real animal on film!

If you’d like to see that footage again, as presented by the Finding Bigfoot team, here’s that link:

http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/finding-bigfoot/videos/patterson-gimlin-bigfoot-footage.htm#mkcpgn=fbapl32

Til the next time!

 

 

 

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