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Our Breathing Planet delivers you entertaining summaries about unique species and places on this wonderful planet
Our Breathing Planet delivers you entertaining summaries about unique species and places on this wonderful planet

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Our Breathing Planet delivers you great summaries about unique species and places on this wonderful planet. Hope you like our posts! If you do, we would be happy if you share them on the internet :)

Zornitza and Todd

#OurBreathingPlanet   #Flora   #Fauna   #Earth   #Education   #PersonalBlog   #Species   #Insects   #Geology   #Animals   #Oceanography   #Oceans   #Plants   #Conservation   #Environment   #Preservation   #EnvironmentalAwareness   #Food   #SocialConscience  

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The Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle is a magnificent species! They are also (sadly!) one of the most endangered sea turtles in all the world. What a terrible shame! Fewer than 1,000 breeding females are known to exist. For this reason, the IUCN has (and justifiably so!) listed this wonderful ocean species as Critically Endangered. They were named in honor of Richard M. Kemp. He was the naturalist who first identified them, in 1880. They are also one of the smallest known sea turtles…and THE smallest within their endemic range. The species IS now protected. However (and unfortunately!), they still face threats beyond those of their natural predators. These include accidental trapping in fishing nets and human disturbance of their nesting grounds by egg collectors.

#ourbreathingplanet   #KempsRidleySeaTurtle   #Carapace   #Flipper   #IUCN   #Migratory   #Naturalist   #NeriticZone   #Predator   #RedMangrove   #Species   #SexualDimorphism  

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The surprising Carcross Desert is the tiniest (and in some ways most unique) desert in the world. However, despite the name, it is not technically a desert. This surprising geological feature is also one of the northernmost “deserts” on earth. Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this site is its location…but we’ll get to that in a bit! Interestingly enough (one might even say astonishing!), the story of conservation efforts for the Carcross Desert is different from most. In 1992, the local government attempted to enact conservation efforts for the region. However, the local POPULACE actually rejected the idea! THAT is the opposite of what usually happens! The location is extremely popular with the local inhabitants, for recreational purposes.

#ourbreathingplanet   #CarcrossDesert   #Climate   #Conservation   #Desert   #Flora   #NorthAmerica   #PleistoceneEpoch   #Recreation   #SandDune   #Yukon  

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The Tailless Whip Scorpion refers to any of the 155 known species of arachnids within their order. Many have referred to them as “the stuff of nightmares!” As a confirmed arachnophobe…..I can attest to that! However, they DO play a vital role in controlling insect population in their various habitats. So: terrifying….but useful! Despite its (in the opinion of many) terrifying physical appearance, the Tailless Whip Scorpion is harmless to humans. The name itself is misleading. They ARE arachnids, but are not spiders OR scorpions! The order in which they are classified is entirely separate and distinct from BOTH of those!

#ourbreathingplanet   #TaillessWhipScorpion   #Antennae   #Arachnid   #Insectivore   #Nocturnal   #Pedipalp   #Scorpion   #Species   #Spider   #Subterranean   #Venom  

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The magnificent feline that is the Florida Panther is an Endangered subspecies of cougar. They are endemic to a highly restricted range of habitation. Human activities have (as with so many other species!) reduced that area even further. They now occupy less than 5% of their original range. The IUCN had previously listed this magnificent animal as Critically Endangered. As of 1970, there were only 20 individuals extant! Fortunately (and deservedly so!) they were made a protected species at that time. Due to conservation efforts, their numbers HAVE increased….at least somewhat. It has helped (somewhat) that part of their territory lies within protected areas, such as the Everglades National Park. Currently, there are approximately 160 of these beautiful felines in the wild. Their status has now been downgraded to Endangered.

#ourbreathingplanet   #FloridaPanther   #EvergladesNationalPark   #Carnivorous   #Feline   #Florida   #Fur   #IUCN   #Nocturnal   #Species   #SexualDimorphism   #Wetland  

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As the name implies, the Armored Sea Robin is a family of fish that are (incredibly!) covered in armor! They would be quite imposing if they were larger. The various species are rarely seen, unless caught by trawling activities. The images used here were taken by various submersibles. The Armored Sea Robin resides at depths that are generally inaccessible to humans. The exceptions to that would be the aforementioned (and acceptable) submersible expeditions and the (NOT acceptable!) trawling. These reclusive ocean creatures are (not surprisingly) closely related to the scorpionfish. Very little is known about their numbers. For that reason, the IUCN has not yet classified any of the various species of Armored Sea Robin.

#ourbreathingplanet   #ArmoredSeaRobin   #Annelid   #Armor   #Barbel   #Benthic   #CostaRica   #Crustacean   #IUCN   #Species   #Submersible   #Trawling  

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Mono Lake is a truly remarkable (and beautiful) lake in the Mono Basin, California. The geological processes behind its formation are sincerely fascinating! The Native Americans knew of the lake (and took MUCH better care of it!) long before its discovery by American settlers. Despite the harsh environment, the Kutzadika’a people thrived in the region. In 1913, the city of Los Angeles began diverting water from the lake. This threatened the fragile (and unique) alkaline ecosystem. In 1994, in a (wonderful!) “win” for the environment, a conservation movement succeeded in halting further diversion of the lake. Since that time, water levels have slowly begun to climb back towards historic levels….though they have not yet reached them. Due to this fact, exposed shorelines continue to be a source of alkaline dust, which can be picked up and carried by high winds.

#ourbreathingplanet   #MonoLake   #Algae   #Desert   #Ecosystem   #Island   #Kutxadika’a   #NativeAmericans   #Runoff   #Shorebird   #Species   #Tufa  

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The Ornithoptera Chimaera is an insect so are that it HAS no common name! This beautiful (and it IS… isn’t it?) butterfly is a member the birdwing family. The species was first identified in 1906. The discovery was made by the renowned Walter Rothschild (who…ironically…was a zoologist!). The IUCN has (surprisingly!) only listed this gorgeous Lepidoptera as “Near Threatened.” The reason is that insufficient information is available on their numbers to make a definitive classification. Their endemic habitat is extremely remote, and they are not often seen. However, (and QUITE sadly) international trade by collectors is still allowed with special permits. The greatest threats to their continued existence are (not surprisingly) habitat loss and climate change.

#ourbreathingplanet   #OrnithopteraChimaera   #ClimateChange   #IUCN   #HabitatLoss   #Lepidoptera   #Nectar   #NewGuinea   #Rainforest   #SexualDimorphism   #Species   #WalterRothschild  

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The Sugar Glider is a small and adorable (dare we say “sweet”) species of flying marsupial. Despite a resemblance, they are NOT related to flying squirrels. In actuality, they are a type of possum! The common name for this adorable animal derives from two factors. The first is their tendency to “glide” through the air. It’s NOT difficult to figure that part out! The other is their affinity for sugary foods during the winter. Despite a reduction of indigenous habitat, their numbers (thankfully!) appear to be remaining steady. For this reason, the IUCN has listed them as a species of Least Concern. These precious little creatures have proven themselves to be extremely resilient to change. They appear to be (for the moment) able to survive in small, isolated patches of forest.

#ourbreathingplanet   #SugarGlider   #Arboreal   #FlyingSquirrel   #Insectivorous   #IUCN   #Marsupial   #Omnivore   #Prehensile   #Predator   #SexualDimorphism   #Species  

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The Happy Alien (yes, that really IS its common name!) is a MOST unusual plant. The name (understandably) derives from the unique appearance of its blooms. It is endemic to only one location in the world (or at least THIS world!). It originally grew only in the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. However, it has now spread (presumably due to human activity) to Chile and Argentina. It is only found there in scattered locations. It was “officially”discovered in Tierra del Fuego by Charles Darwin himself, during his 1831-1836 expedition. However, it was “unofficially” described by others as early as 1791. The IUCN has this remarkable species on its list of species but has not yet assigned it a threat classification.

#ourbreathingplanet   #HappyAlien   #Archipelago   #Bird   #CharlesDarwin   #Evergreen   #Flower   #Fruit   #Leaf   #Perennial   #Pollen   #TierradelFuego  

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