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Zen Locust
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Gamer, Internet Surfer, Culmination of Pop Culture, photographer and of course Metal Head.
Gamer, Internet Surfer, Culmination of Pop Culture, photographer and of course Metal Head.

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Mikadonkämmenen kukkia
Flowers of Urn orchid/Hyacinth orchid (Bletilla striata)
シラン(紫蘭)の花
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#Oceanify your day. Happy Turtle Day!
The hawksbill sea turtle Eretmochelys imbricata is a critically endangered sea turtle best identified by its strikingly colored shell. These sea turtles have a worldwide distribution, and are normally found near reefs rich in the sponges they like to feed on. Hawksbills are omnivorous and will also eat mollusks, marine algae, crustaceans, sea urchins, fish, and jellyfish. Their hard shells protect them from many predators, but they still fall prey to large fish, sharks, crocodiles, octopuses, and humans.

Hawksbill sea turtles can reach an age of 30 to 50 years old in the wild. One of the smaller turtles, adults weigh between 100-200 pounds (45 - 90 kg) and reach 2-3 feet (roughly .5 to 1 meter) in length.

The main reason these sea turtles are listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List are anthropogenic: the tortoiseshell trade, egg collection, hunting for their meat, destruction of nesting habitat, entanglement in marine debris and fishing gears, and oil pollution.

There is hope for these incredible animals however. Treaties and agreements such as a listing on CITES aims to reduce international trade of these turtles. Increasing public awareness and education is also aimed at shifting local views to support conservation actions. And protecting marine areas from human influence has the potential to alleviate some of these pressures on hawksbill populations.

Learn more about hawksbill sea turtles at The TerraMar Project: http://theterramarproject.org/species/13/Hawksbill+Sea+Turtle

Photo: USFWS/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

#ocean #nature #endangeredspecies #wildlife
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A Zodiacal Sky over Horseshoe Bend
What's causing the unusual ray of white light extending upward from the central horizon? Dust orbiting the Sun. At certain times of the year, a band of sun-reflecting dust from the inner Solar System rises prominently before sunrise and is called zodiacal light. The dust originates mostly from faint Jupiter-family comets and slowly spirals into the Sun. Pictured, in front of the zodiacal light, is a spectacular view of Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. Emitted from well behind the zodiacal light is a spectacular sky that includes many bright stars including Sirius, several blue star clusters including the Pleiades, and an assortment of red nebula including Barnard's Loop in Orion. The 30-image composite was taken earlier this month in nearly complete darkness only six inches from the edge of a dangerous cliff.

Image Credit & Copyright: David Lane
David's website: www.davelaneastrophotography.com

+Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD)

#NASA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Stars #ZodiacalLight #Sun #Dust #SolarSystem #Nebulas #Cosmos #Universe #STEM #Education #UnitedStates #APoD

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#gamer Some day I will have an extra $400 FOR A WALL OF MONITORS.
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