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Octopi of the Great Barrier Reef

The Octopus is known to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world. They have 8 legs and no internal or external skeleton! (Isn’t that just the best octopus poster you’ve ever seen?) They are truly amazing creatures that can change color, shape and texture in an instant. Octopi (plural) have the ability to camouflage themselves in any environment. They are able to fit into tiny areas. In fact, large octopi can fit into a quarter-sized tunnel or hole. Unbelievable! Check out this fabulous video taken on the Great Barrier Reef of the octopus’ marvelous adaptations: They have a super short lifespan of 2-3 yrs. I’ve been [ ... ]

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Destroys Great Barrier Reef

You heard me correctly… Yes, it’s beautiful, but deadly! You’re thinking, “How can a starfish destroy the Great Barrier Reef?”, right? A simple explanation – Overpopulation. It feeds on coral polyps and destroys the coral, subsequently, in it’s wake. This video is about the crown-of-thorns starfish eating corals of the world: How? As it moves over the coral, it

Portuguese Man O’ War – Even on the Gold Coast of Australia

The Portuguese Man O’ War is found all over the world, including every warm water seas, but especially in tropical or subtropical regions of the Pacific and Indian oceans, as well as the Northern Atlantic Gulf Stream. What’s very interesting about the man o’ war is that it’s not just 1 animal. It’s actually 4 different animals with different abilities and disabilities, which makes each part of the man 0′ war absolutely dependent upon the others. They like to hang out at the surface of the ocean, due to the air-filled sac or air bladder that they use as a sail and to [ ... ]

Kisses, Hugs & Ladybugs

I just saw a little ladybug in my kitchen…in the middle of winter… So, I was so inspired to bring you an article on them… Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Superfamily: Cucujoidea Family: Coccinellidae Subfamilies: 1. Chilocorinae 2. Coccidulinae 3. Coccinellinae 4. Epilachninae 5. Scymininae 6. Sticholotidinae *** Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden By Lesley Dietschy Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybirds, can be a gardener’s best friend. The ladybug’s bright coloring brings welcomed cheer to the garden, as well as helping with pest control. Since medieval times, ladybugs have been valued by farmers all over the world. Many believe that the ladybug was divinely sent to free crops of insect pests. [ ... ]