The animal of the day is the Gannet. (Did you know: The Gannet is the largest sea bird in the Atlantic, and 2nd largest in the world [to the albatross]. They are known for their impressive diving and underwater swimming abilities.
The have some cool adaptations that help them swim underwater. First of all, they have no external nostrils (WHAT?!), their nostrils are INSIDE their mouths! So when they dive, they just have to keep their trap shut.
Second, and this is weird, they have air sacs in their face and chests that act like bubble wrap protecting them as they slam into the water at high speeds!
The gannet’s supposed capacity for eating large quantities of fish has led to “gannet” becoming a disapproving description of somebody who eats excessively, similar to “glutton”.
There are many other differences most having to do with differences in physical anatomy [a big difference is how their digestive systems are setup]. Found in the Caribbean and in South America, it is much smaller than wild pigs in the America’s.
The animal of the day is the Sea Lion. (Did you know: Not to be confused with seals, Sea Lions are much more mobile on land as their flippers can rotate much more than seals can.
They can move so well on land as a matter of fact, that they can out run a human [you]! And in the water they will straight up embarrass Michael Phelps as they can swim up to 25mph.
The life expectancy of sea lions shows one of the biggest divides between males and females with females living almost twice as long as males. Males live to be about 18, but females can live on to be 30 plus years!
The Books of the Moment is The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne.
Ok! First of all, this book is amazing. It’s important to note that while it is a bundle of pages with words on it, it’s a SCRIPT, not a book. 2nd, it’s not 100% written by J.K. and you can pick up on that with some of the dialog. If you can accept those caveats you are in for an amazing continuation of the legend of Harry Potter.
Best ‘thing’ I’ve read ALL summer! Go get this book, your wand and some chocolate frogs and let the magic wash over you! Welcome back to the world Harry & crew, you were missed!
Book of the moment: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children
This is probably the best book I’ve read in one sitting since JK Rowling’s Harry Potter & Sorcerer’s Stone.
The story is engulfing. The characters are thought out and amazing. the setting is amazing, and the world created is marvelous. I tried to just read a chapter at a time, but ended up reading the whole book. (oh, and there’s pictures…alot of pictures, and the pictures make the book alive)
The animal of the day is the Cone Snail. (Did you know: Oh my goodness, beauty betrays the beast. These wonderfully colored sea snails are predators (other snails eat vegetation, these guys hunt for meat!)
Because all cone snails are venomous and capable of “stinging” humans, live ones should be handled with great care or preferably not at all.
These snails use something similar to a needle to inject their poison into small fishes, but the larger versions can inject enough poison to kill a human (that would be you, unless you’re an alien reading this post. If so I hope ur Superman!)
Turtle vs rabbit vs snail. I’m gonna go with the snail! (assuming this race was underwater)