Monday, April 21, 2008
Nature's Strange, Fantastic, and Disgusting Little Miracles
One of biology class's most nauseating assignments may no longer be necessary now that Japanese scientists have bred a batch of see-through frogs. Since you can observe their internal organs, blood vessels, and eggs through their skin, they can be studied without being dissected!
For centuries it's been said that a mythical creature inhabits a lake in northern Vietnam, and now scientists may have finally discovered the source of the legends: A giant turtle with a rather unfortunate appearance. Some believe it's Kim Qui, the Golden Turtle God, a creature that emerges from the depths at important moments in Vietnamese history.
In 1997, a young Chinese man decided to adopt a snail that he found on his way home from school. For the past eleven years, he's treated the enormous snail (shown above) as a beloved pet, even taking it for walks on the weekends.
A member of an elusive species of angler fish (shown below) was recently caught on camera for the first time. It's the only fish with forward-facing eyes like a human, and according to witnesses, it doesn't swim, but crawls along the ocean floor.
When authorities opened a mysterious package that had been left behind on a Peruvian bus, they discovered the jawbone of a massive beast. Although it's clear that the bone did not belong to a dinosaur, no one's certain what animal once possessed it. Any guesses?