bitchylizard

devilwithablackdresson:

i fucking hate tumblr so much seriously

you guys are always like “i want equality!” except gay people are better than straight people and women are better than men and poc are better than white people and trans people are better than cis people

if you claim you want equality, but put someone down because they’re privileged, that doesn’t make you an advocate for equality, it makes you an asshole

trynottodrown

molotovriot:

space-tart:

astro-stoner:

hohokev:

why do jellyfish only sting when theres physical contact

why doesnt the electricity just surge throughout the entire ocean

why dont jellyfish rule the world

Fun fact!  Jellyfish don’t use electricity to sting you.  Whenever they feel pressure against their tentacles, it causes its cells to rapidly send out these stingers into your skin that then release its venom.  Like this:

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trynottodrown

trynottodrown:

griseus:

AMAZON RIVER DOLPHINS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION

(warning, strong images)

This illegal, immoral and cruel killing spree has been drastically affecting pink river dolphin populations in the Amazon. There are confirmed cases of hunters specialized in killing these dolphins catching over 20 animals per sortie. These poachers sell their meat to riverside community members, who use it to fish.

These dolphins are being killed to be used as bait for a necrophage catfish locally known in Brazil as piracatinga, or urubú-d’água (water vulture). However, this fish is sold under false names such as douradinha in Brazil and capaz in Colombia, conning consumers into buying a product they don’t know.  Tons of piracatinga are captured annually using pink dolphin meat. Consequently, the volume of this fish found in Brazilian markets has been increasing exponentially in the past few years.

The pink river dolphin, or boto (Inia geoffrensis) is the largest river dolphin in the world and can live up to 50 years. Despite their longevity, they have low reproductive rates and have a long period in which they care for their young. This makes its existence fragile when confronted with the constant threat of poachers.

The boto is closely related to marine dolphins and is totally adapted to the Amazonian environment. Not only is it essential for the ecological balance in the Amazon river basin, it is also an important character in regional folklore.

If these fishing practices continue, it is estimated that over 2500 pink dolphins will be killed per year in some regions of the Amazon, meaning this species may disappear in the not-so-distant future.

It is estimated that in some regions of the Amazon, 2500 botos have been killed every year. These numbers and the situation are as alarming as when the dolphin killing spree in Japan that caused so much uproar occurred.

The plight of the river dolphin is even more serious given their already-dwindling numbers. An increase in boat traffic has hit the population hard, as the naturally inquisitive creatures draw close to boats and are injured by the propellers.

Rising mercury levels in the water are also thought to have contributed to their decline, especially near gold mines where mercury is used as part of the mining process. Some of the creatures also die after becoming entangled in fishing lines.

But their almost mythical reputation in the Amazon region makes their slaughter even harder to understand.

Legend has it that the dolphin, known as a Boto, turns into a handsome man by night who seduces girls, impregnates them, and then returns to the river in the morning. Local folklore says that it is bad luck to kill a dolphin, and that if a person makes eye-contact with one of the animals, they will have nightmares for life.

this is terrible and sorry if the images really bother anyone…going to attach the petition from the site here: Sign our petition on Change.org! Click here!

 

brilliantbotany

flora-file:

How to keep your venus fly trap happy (and alive) - by flora-file

After my post about cutting the flower buds off when a venus fly trap flowers, I got some questions about how to care for this plant, and specifically people asked how I could possibly keep one alive for ten years. Just follow these handy dandy tips to keep your venus fly trap chomping small invertebrates for years to come.

  1. Sunlight - Unfortunately this plant is not a houseplant. It needs direct sun to survive, hopefully about 8 hours a day. Mine lives on my patio and gets a few hours of direct light in the morning, and then bright indirect light (which is different than shade) for the rest of the day, and it seems to do fine. Plants that don’t get enough light tend to have elongated leaves, stretched out by the plants hopeless attempt to grow toward some source of light. Happy plants have short leaves and lots of traps. They still need light to photosynthesize no matter how many flies or spiders you feed them.
  2. Distilled or Purified Water - These plants are very sensitive to minerals dissolved in water, especially the fluoride and chloride found in most tap water. Not even spring water is okay, as it contains trace minerals that may be detrimental to the health of the plant. Rainwater will probably work, as long as you don’t live next to a coal burning power plant or some other source of gross air pollution. This may be the most common form of venus fly trap neglect, as people that have killed their fly trap have usually not followed this important rule.
  3. Peat Moss or Coco Coir substrate - The venus fly trap is a bog plant that naturally grows in mucky, nitrogen deprived soil. The whole bug eating behavior arose from the need for additional nitrogen that was severely lacking in the soil. Both peat moss and coco coir have extremely low nitrogen content, making them suitable for the needs of this plant. I used coco coir when I repotted mine a couple years ago, and it worked great. Coco coir is much cheaper than peat moss, and also a better choice environmentally.
  4. A steady diet of…nothing! - Don’t give it fertilizers or chemicals, no Dr Shultz or Miracle Grow. And don’t feed it hamburger either, that’s just wrong. If it is healthy it will catch bugs all by itself, almost like its evolved to catch bugs or something. Keep the substrate constantly moist. I keep mine in a container that doesn’t drain and keep it in standing water constantly. Whatever happens, don’t let it dry out.

If you follow these simple steps your fly trap should grow old of the bulb and long in the tooth. I’m not saying this is the only way to take care of your fly trap, but its how I take care of mine. And after 10 years its still working. Good luck, and garden on!