Author name: Gina Erickson

Understanding the Truth: Do Cows Really Sleep Standing Up?

Sleep – an essential activity in the cycle of life, is not a one-size-fits-all affair across the animal kingdom.  From the majestic lion to the diligent ant, creatures of the wild exhibit an array of fascinating sleep behaviors.  Have you ever wondered if cows actually sleep standing up?  This age-old belief has birthed a common …

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Survival Secrets: How Long Can a Camel Thrive Without Water?

One of the fascinating aspects of sharing our world with millions of other species is learning about and understanding their survival adaptations.  In our pursuit of knowledge of these other animals, several discoveries have shown that many would actually survive an apocalypse.  One such animal is the camel.  Relentless in the deserts yet surprisingly quiet …

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All About Bull Sharks: The Dual Citizenship Shark

Name Bull Shark Diet Carnivorous Scientific name Carcharhinus Leucas Weight 95-132 kilograms (209 to 290 pounds) Pronunciation bul shaak Length 7-13 feet (84 to 156 inches) Classification Chondrichthyes,‭ Carcharhiniformes,‭ & Carcharhinus Location Worldwide Distribution The Bull Shark The world’s oceans are a marvel of nature, stretching out in all directions and covering more than 70% …

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All About Pufferfish: Nature’s Shapeshifting Wonders

Name Pufferfish Diet Omnivorous Scientific name Tetraodontidae Weight Size varies across species Pronunciation puh-fuh-fish Length Size varies across species Classification Actinopterygii,‭ Tetraodontoidei,‭ & Tetraodontidae Location Worldwide The Pufferfish One of the most fascinating aspects of the Earth is its vast waters.  The Earth’s oceans cover about 71% of its surface, making them vast and incredibly …

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All About Belugas: A Guide to The White Whale

Name Beluga Diet Carnivorous  Scientific name Delphinapterus leucas Weight 1,540-3,530 pounds (698.5-1601.1 kgs) Pronunciation buh-loo-gah Length 2.99-5.49 meters (9.8-18 feet) Classification Cetacea,‭ Monodontidae,‭ & Delphinapterus Location Arctic and sub-Arctic waters The Beluga Whales are among the largest animals on Earth and come in various species.  Some of the most well-known species include the humpback whale, …

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All About Hercules Beetle: Giants of the Insect Realm

Name Hercules beetle Diet Herbivorous Scientific name Dynastes Hercules Weight 100 to 199 metric tons (110 to 220 short tons) Pronunciation hur-kyuh-leez bee-tl Length 2-6.7 inches (0.17-0.59 feet) Classification Coleoptera,‭ Scarabaeidae,‭ & Dynastes Location Central and South America The Hercules Beetle With over a million identified and described species, insects are undoubtedly the most diverse …

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All About Yellowfin Tuna: The Golden Bullets

Name Yellowfin Tuna Diet Carnivorous  Scientific name Thunnus albacares Weight over 180 kg (400 lb) Pronunciation yeh-low-fin choo-nuh Length 4-7 ft (1.22-2.13 meters) Classification Actinopterygii,‭ Scombriformes,‭ & Scombridae Location Worldwide distribution The Yellowfin Tuna Fish are some of the most diverse creatures on Earth, with over 34,000 recognized species and even more being discovered.  The …

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All About Tarantulas: Exploring The Large & Hairy Spiders

Name Tarantula Diet Carnivorous  Scientific name Theraphosidae Weight >85 g (3 oz) Pronunciation ta-ran-tew-lah Length 3-12 inches (7.62-30.48 cm) Classification Araneae,‭ Mygalomorphae,‭ & Theraphosidae Location All continents except Antarctica The Tarantula When we think of insects, spiders are among the first options to pop into our minds, right after ants.  However, this is a general …

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All About Oarfish: Guardians of The Deep

Name Oarfish Diet Carnivorous Scientific name Regalecus glesne Weight 270 kilograms (600 pounds) Pronunciation awr-fish Length 11 meters and above (433.1 inches and above) Classification Actinopterygii,‭ Lampriformes,‭ & Regalecidae Location Worldwide, except Antarctica The Oarfish Considering how vast the Earth’s waters are, it is only right to say that fish are undeniably one of the …

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