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Waitoreke
2014-02-05 16:37:44

The Waitoreke is a cryptid from New Zealand described as being otter-like. Its name derived from “Wai” is a Maori word for water. The rest of the word has different translations, but the common one is “toreke,” which means to disappear. Together the name could translate into “disappears into water” or another translation is a “disappearing water specter.” The usual...

Saker Sports Cars
2014-02-01 08:44:08

Saker Sports Cars is an automobile manufacturer based in New Zealand, founded in 1989. The company’s name comes from a bird of prey that is found in the Middle East and Central Asia. The first Saker, the SV1, was designed and built by Bruce Turnbull. Saker vehicles are built as touring race cars, but can be made legal for the road in the UK, Japan and New Zealand. The SV1 was built in a...

The Rubber Eel Typhlonectes natans
2014-01-28 12:11:00

The Rubber eel (Typhlonectes natans) is a species of amphibian and a member of the Typhlonectidae family. The caecilian species  is native to Columbia, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The Rubber eel inhabits tropical or subtropical areas, preferring marshes, lakes and river habitats. The species is extremely adaptable. Habitat pollution and degradation are not threats because of the...

The Common Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus
2014-01-28 09:30:07

The Common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is a species of salamander. A member of the Proteidae family, this aquatic amphibian is native to eastern North America. The Common mudpuppy can be found in lakes, rivers and ponds. During the daytime the mudpuppy will bury itself under rocks and logs. The salamander often only becomes active at night when it leaves cover to feed. Orange-brown/rust...

Dark Sprite Pseudagrion hamoni
2014-01-22 12:05:06

The dark sprite (Pseudagrion hamoni), also known as the maroon sprite, drab sprite, or Hamon's sprite, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and South Africa, among many other areas. It prefers to reside in bushlands and savannahs near rivers, streams, wadis, and...

Western Demoiselle Calopteryx xanthostoma
2014-01-22 11:52:55

The western demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma), also known as the yellow-tailed demoiselle, is a species of damselfly that can be found in southwestern areas of Europe. Its range includes the Iberian Peninsula and France. It prefers to reside near fast flowing waters in open or slightly shaded areas, but can also be found near slow moving larger bodies of water like lowland rivers. It is...

Mokele-mbembe
2014-01-22 09:23:01

Mokele-mbembe is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Congo river Basin, mainly in Lake Tele. It likes the deep water and according to folklore, it haunts river bends. Its name means “one who stops the flow of rivers”, and depending on the story, it has been described as a live creature or a spirit. According to some, it has been portrayed as a sauropod, similar to the well known...

Clear-winged Forest Glory Vestalis gracilis
2014-01-21 11:13:43

The clear-winged forest glory (Vestalis gracilis) is a species of damselfly that can be found in the Orient. Its range includes Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam, among other areas. It prefers to reside in hilly regions with some tree cover near streams, but it can also be found in lands used for agriculture. This species varies in size and color depending upon the sex, with...

Springwater Dancer Argia plana
2014-01-21 11:09:12

The springwater dancer (Argia plana) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States. Its range includes Arizona, Kansas, and Texas.  This species prefers to reside near shallow springs, as its common name suggests, and is often found in woodlands. Males are typically blue in color with a black stripe extending along the sides of the thorax, while...

Powdered Dancer Argia moesta
2014-01-21 10:47:58

The powdered dancer (Argia moesta) is a species of damselfly that can be found in North America. Its range includes nine states in Mexico, including Jalisco and Baja California, four provinces of Canada, including Nova Scotia and Ontario, and forty-one states in America, including Maryland, New York, and Texas. This species is typically found in wooded areas near streams, rivers, and lakes. It...

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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