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White Tailed Prairie Dog Cynomys leucurus
2012-04-23 07:58:25

The white tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) is located in western Colorado, western Wyoming, and in small areas in southern Montana and eastern Utah.  In Wyoming, where the largest populations are located, they are colloquially called “chiselers”. The white tailed prairie dog is tannish brown in color, with a white tipped tail and large eyes. Above and below each eye is a dark cheek...

Japanese Sea Nettle
2012-04-03 18:00:16

The Japanese Sea Nettle, (Chrysaora melanaster), also known as the Northern Sea Nettle or Brown Jellyfish, is a species of jellyfish native to the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is often called the Pacific Sea Nettle, however, this name is also used for Chrysaora fuscescens. The name “Japanese Sea Nettle” is also used for Chrysaora pacifica. This species’ medusa (umbrella or...

Rice Coral
2012-04-03 17:24:13

Rice Coral, (Montipora capitata), also known as Pore Coral, is a species of stony coral in the Acroporidae family. It is found in the tropical north and central areas of the Pacific Ocean at depths down to 66 feet. It is common in the waters near Hawaii, especially where the sea is turbulent. This is a reef-building species that forms colonies. As it matures, it develops tree-like branches....

 Black coral
2012-04-03 14:42:56

Antipatharia are a family of tree-like black corals related to sea anemones. They are usually found in the deep sea, but are also found rarely in dark shallow water areas such as New Zealand’s Milford Sound where they can be viewed from an underwater observatory. Their occur mainly in the tropics. Although black corals’ living tissue is brilliantly colored, the animals get their name...

Cooks Petrel Pterodroma cookii
2012-04-03 13:59:46

Cook’s Petrel, (Pterodroma cookii), is a species of seabird and a member of the gadfly petrels. The breeding habitat of this species is limited to three small islands in New Zealand: Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island, and Codfish Island. It migrates to the Pacific Ocean when it is not breeding. It can sometimes be seen well off the west coast of the United States and tropical South...

Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
2012-04-02 15:43:49

The Shy Albatross, (Thalassarche cauta), also known as the Shy Mollymawk, is a species of albatross found off the coast of Australia and New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. Its range extends across much of the Southern Ocean. It is also known as the White-capped Albatross in some areas. This species at one time was considered to be the same species as Salvin’s Albatross and the Chatham...

Giant Otter Shrew
2012-04-02 13:26:18

The Giant Otter Shrew, (Potamogale velox), is a species of carnivorous tenrec. It is found in the main rainforest regions of Central Africa from Biafra to Zambia. A few isolated populations also occur in Kenya and Uganda. Its habitat is streams, wetlands, and slowly flowing large rivers. It is the only member of the genus Potamogale. This animal is similar in appearance to an otter,...

Microclimate
2009-07-04 14:12:50

A microclimate is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from surrounding areas. This term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet, or as large as many square miles. Common areas where microclimates exist are, for example, near bodies of water where the water can cool the local atmosphere and dense urban areas where brick, asphalt, and concrete absorb the sun's energy, heat...

Oceania Ecozone
2009-07-01 13:43:29

Oceania is one of Earth's eight ecozones. It is the smallest ecosystem found on the planet. Oceania is unique as it is the only ecosystem that does not include any continental land mass. This bioregion includes the Pacific Ocean islands of Micronesia, Fijian Islands, and most of Polynesia (except for New Zealand). This is also the youngest ecozone. While the other ecozones include fragments of...

Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus
2009-06-04 22:59:50

The Swallow-tailed Gull (Creagrus furcatus) is a species of seabird of the gull family. It is found in the equatorial seas where it spends most of its time hunting on the open ocean. Its main breeding grounds is on the cliffs of the larger Galápagos Islands, and on some of the smaller islands. It is typically found along the eastern islands where the water is warmer. It is also found in...

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'