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The history of the natural history of Brazil ; By Piso, Willem, 1611-1678 on Flickr.

Publication info Lugdun. Batavorum: Next Franciscum Hackium; ET Amstelodami: Next Lud. Elzevirium, 1648.
BHL Collections:
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Rare Books Collection

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The zebra bullhead shark (Heterodontus zebra) is adorable, a close relative of the horn shark, and gets up to four feet.  Being a bullhead shark, it also lays those bonkers corkscrew eggs.

The egg cases can be wedged into crevices and so forth (bullhead sharks don’t go in for cementing them to things), and the cases harden within a day of laying, so they stick there if put in right.  Bullhead sharks do this by picking the cases up with their mouths, one of the very rare known cases of parental care in egg-laying shark species.

I only caught one lizard today but it had 2 tails so does that count as multiple lizards????? One and a half lizards maybe?????

FINALLY finished this up! While in Rhode Island I found a tiny travel-sized horseshoe crab prosoma, probably from a lil crab molting. I didn’t take any ‘before’ pictures, but it was covered in encrusting algae and full of sand. I managed to get it back to California in one piece and let it soak in a bucket of diluted bleach all day. I scrubbed it with some wire brushes to get the last bits of algae off, and sprayed it with lacquer to make it shiny and strong. It’s probably my favorite thing in my dead things collection right now; all the spines are intact, you can see the facets of the compound eyes, as well as the tiny holes where the median eyes were. 


The Caribbean roughshark (Oxynotus caribbaeus) lives in the Caribbean.  It’s less than two feet long, lives at depths of greater than 1,000 feet, and looks a bit like a pig from various angles.  It probably feeds on invertebrates, but we’re hard-pressed to say for sure because seriously, more than a thousand feet down.  These pictures were taken by fucking submarines, guys.

They’re also ovoviviparous, which is an end-run around not being able to grow a placenta.  They keep their eggs in their little stubby shark bodies until they’re ready to hatch, at which point the pups are birthed and sent off to roam.


Banded Jawfish (Opistognathus macrognathus)

Jawfishes are mouthbrooders, which means that they take care of their eggs in the safety of their own mouths. The duty lies with the male and typically lasts for around 8-10 days before the eggs hatch. During this time, he will continually rotate the mass of eggs to ensure that they are evenly aerated with fresh water.

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I saved a bee this morning! I found her on the beach, grounded in the sand. I got her onto my finger and moved her onto a flower and she started feeding right away. Though she did some suspicious booty shaking, she never attempted to sting me.

Quick reminder that bees are friends! They are extremely important pollinators, and are responsible for the success of land plants, including those that we make into food. Stranded bees that are stuck on the ground are probably out of energy, and you can either move them to a flower or give them sugar water to revitalize them.

Natural Bridges State Park


Some of my lizard friends from hiking. These photos were taken at various times over the past two years.

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