Palau, Micronesia: Jellyfish Lake

The lake, once connected to the ocean through a tunnel, has long since been shut off by limestone. The jellyfish, with no natural predators save sea anemone which pose no serious threat, are trapped inside the lake and have grown to incredible numbers. They follow the sun and feed on algae harvested inside their bodies, and due to the safety of the lake have lost their sting.

Horse Dancing

Apologies in advance to Merlin Mann for copping a double feel on his blog today but this video is too good to pass.

I didn’t even know we were training horses to dance, much less they could perform like this. The clip is from the 2006 World Equestrian Games Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage, featuring the horse known in human tongue as Blue Hors Matine and his/her(?) rider Andreas Helgstrand.

Meanwhile horses everywhere scoff at the idea of being “trained” to dance, knowing full well how they throw down when no people are watching.

Recently …

image: APotD

Kind of busy last week, with no immediate end in sight. So real quick in case you haven’t heard, chimpanzees are hunting with spears …

… a future is imagined where heart transplants are exchanged with wedding vows in place of rings, grafting between lovers their fears, passions, quirks, graces, dreams and insecurities …

… Yahoo!, et al are pushing eco-friendly CFL lightbulbs with a fancy new website …

… and Joanna Newsom (& touring band) will be releasing a new EP in April …

That’s what caught my brain anyway. Be well.

Rare Shark Filmed, ‘Living Fossil’

A species of shark rarely seen alive because its natural habitat is about 2,000 feet under the sea was captured on film by staff at a Japanese marine park this week. (…)

Marine park staff caught the 5 foot (1.6 meter) long creature, which they identified as a female frilled shark, sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” because it is a primitive species that has changed little since prehistoric times. (…)

“We believe moving pictures of a live specimen are extremely rare,” said an official at the park. “They live between 1,968 and 3,280 feet (600 and 1,000 meters) under the water, which is deeper than humans can go.”

“We think it may have come close to the surface because it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters,” the official said.

The shark died a few hours after being caught.

The Japanese are on a roll.

Virgin Birth

This Christmas brings word of a virgin birth, not to mention baby Jesus. At Chester Zoo in England a female Komodo Dragon has laid two fertile eggs, despite never having mated.

We will be on the look-out for shepherds, wise men, and an unusually bright star in the sky over Chester Zoo.

Kevin Buley, zoo curator

The phenomenon is called parthenogenesis, and is extremely rare in complex organisms – or so, at least, was thought – this being the second recorded occurrence with Komodo Dragons this year.