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Green Jumper Crosses Eyes as it sees its Mirror Image1m17s

Green Jumper Crosses Eyes as it sees its Mirror Image

This little Green Jumping Spider named Lyssomanes lives in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Jumping spiders, Salticidae are the largest family of spiders. They do not build a web to trap insects, but jump on their prey and grab it with the jaws. Jumping spiders still produce silk for safety lines while jumping and also to build a tent as shelter from bad weather and to sleep at night. As most spiders they have four pairs of eyes, which give them a 360-degree view of the world. Their large frontal eyes are build like telescopes and provide them with very sharp vision. A mobile retina allows them to scan the object they are looking at, which is why the frontal eyes turn black as the retina gets into focus.

Thirsty mockingbird follows man to beg for drink of water38s

Thirsty mockingbird follows man to beg for drink of water

On a small island, near the equator, animals have adapted to life with almost no access to water. They are able to drink when there is enough rain to form small pools, but they may go weeks without the opportunity. This mockingbird was thirsty enough and smart enough to follow a backpacker on his tour of the island. Having no apparent fear of humans, he hopped along on the ground beside the man. When the man stopped walking, the tiny bird looked up at him hopefully. This continued for several minutes until the man realized that the bird was actually asking for help. The man bent down slowly and the bird stood staring. It is highly recommended that humans don't interfere with animals on these islands and it is important to not feed them, but the pleading eyes of the little bird were hard to resist. As he began to understand that the bird was looking for help, he guessed that it may be struggling to find water during what was a particularly long dry spell. With a video camera running, the man poured water onto a rock with a small depression. He recorded the bird's reaction. At first, the thirsty little fellow pecked at the drops on the edge of the bottle. Then he slurped some of the water from the rock. But lava rocks are porous and this dark rock was very hot. The water did not remain in the hole very long and the bird didn't get much of a drink. As the man started to pour more, the bird had figured out that the water in the bottle was good to drink and he stuck his little beak right in to get it. Standing taller to reach the bottle, he took several slurps and swallowed. He stood within two feet of the man the entire time. After the bird had sipped on the water for a few minutes, he stood looking at the man quietly. The man continued on his way and the bird stood on the trail and stared after him. Obviously content, he no longer followed the man. This mockingbird is a rare species that exists only on two small islands. Typically, they eat insects, small crustaceans and eggs of other birds. It is a difficult thing to see an animal asking for help but to not respond. It is especially difficult when the animal seems to be suffering from thirst.

Bunny Harvestman preparing for a new day2m50s

Bunny Harvestman preparing for a new day

Here is another video of the Bunny Harvestman from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Its scientific name is Metagryne bicolumnata, from the family of Cosmetidae, in the order of Opiliones, also known as Harvestmen or daddy longlegs. They are not spiders, but belong to the same class of Arachnida. Contrary to a common belief Harvestmen do not have venom glands and are absolutely harmless. Harvestmen have been around for at least 400 million years and lived even before the dinosaurs. watch my previous video of the Bunny Harvestman:

Snorkelers following spotted eagle rays witness incredible sight1m09s

Snorkelers following spotted eagle rays witness incredible sight

Snorkeling in the Galapagos islands is a wonderful experience. The animal life is spectacular and the sights are breath taking. These swimmers were enjoying the water off the shore of Espanola Island, a remote and beautiful place where tourists are not allowed without a naturalist guide and proper permits. They were following a group of eight spotted eagle rays that were thirty feet below, swimming slowly over the sand, possibly hunting for food in the sand. The larger adults were in the company of a few smaller eagle rays. It is rare to see so many together and equally rare to see baby spotted eagle rays. As the swimmers and their guide, Ariana were following the group, they saw something incredible headed directly toward the eagle rays. A school of over one hundred golden cownose rays formed a line across the ocean floor. They met the eagle rays and continued slowly over them. The eagle rays circled back and joined the group. As the snorkelers filmed from above, they took turns diving as deep as they could go. Kristy was able to hold her breath and reach the bottom, thirty feet down, to film the massive school of rays from close up.

Published: November 7, 201825,537 plays$94.84 earned
Divers swim through hammerheads to meet world's largest shark1m48s

Divers swim through hammerheads to meet world's largest shark

Whale sharks are the largest known fish in the ocean. With the exception of some whale species, they are the largest animals on earth. Although we know very little about them, we do know that they can reach a length of 55 feet or more and can live to over 70 years of age. The weight of a full grown whale shark is estimated to be approximately 50,000 pounds. Roughly the size of a school bus, they dwarf even the largest great white sharks. They are gentle and slow moving giants that feed on plankton, krill, small fish, fish eggs and crab larvae. Although they have enormous mouths, they are filter feeders and incapable of posing a threat to humans or any other large animals. They follow ocean currents to feed, populating all tropical seas. With one of the most distinctive skin patterns in the animal kingdom, they are easily recognizable. Their spots are as unique as the fingerprints of humans. No two whale sharks are exactly alike. Scuba divers consider whale shark sightings to be one of the most sought after experiences. For most, it is the ultimate thrill, and swimming alongside one for more than a moment is likely to be one of life’s most memorable events. These divers have traveled to Darwin Island, the most famous of the Galapagos Islands, hopeful to see a whale shark. The Galapagos are one of the most diverse and remarkable areas on our planet. The environment is hostile and beautiful at the same time, and because three great currents converge around them, the habitat produces a food supply that attracts hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, and more pregnant female whale sharks than most other areas of the world. Researchers don’t know where they go to have their young but they do know that almost 100 per cent of whale sharks sighted here are mothers carrying babies. Scuba divers make a rapid descent to the rocky bottom, eager to find shelter from the powerful currents that could sweep them away. They perch themselves on rocky ledges and peer out into the vast blue, waiting for that moment when one of these beautiful beasts will appear in front of them. The ledge around Darwin’s Arch is aptly named “The Theatre” and the show is a live performance that rivals any IMAX experience. The divers watch as schools of fish and large hammerhead sharks cruise past, along with occasional turtles and a few other shark species. The appearance of a whale shark is uncertain and often they are only seen from a distance. The dive guide will keep one eye on the group and the other on the depths beyond. If he sees a whale shark, he will signal the group by rattling a small shaker and he will point in the direction that they need to go. They quickly add air to their buoyancy vests and head into the blue to meet the shark and get a closer look. This large female whale shark is approximately 50 feet long and is carrying young. With a slow approach, divers were able to swim alongside her at a depth of about 60 feet. She calmly swept her tail back and forth, effortlessly maintaining a pace that a diver must work hard to match. If she becomes concerned, a few powerful sweeps of her massive tail will propel her out of reach in seconds. She is also capable of descending quickly to retreat from a threat. Whale sharks are often accepting, even curious, when they encounter scuba divers. A close encounter such as this one is something that very few divers will ever experience and it was a dive that these lucky people will never forget. The guides and crew of The Galapagos Sky Dive Ship and Float n’ Flag Dive Centre provided this group with exceptional memories that will be cherished forever.

Published: November 11, 20182,975 plays$10.50 earned