Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein
If you’re going to take the advice of anyone, it mine as well be Einstein… he was, after all, one of mans greatest minds of all time. So upon his recommendation, let’s look into nature and see if there is anything that shocks or surprises us. Because as mentioned, we just might learn something.
Back in 1840, an English botanist by the name of George Gardner was traveling through Brazil. One night he spotted some children playing with a glowing piece of fungi. He took and inspected the piece, and to his shock, it was indeed a bioluminescent mushroom. Problem was, until recently, no other person, including Gardner, was ever able to find the Neonothopanus gardneri.
The reason being that without the aid of newer technology, hiking out into the wild jungle during the night was not considered to be the smartest or easiest thing to do. So without anybody looking, the Gardneri wasn’t seen for over 170 years. There are, however, other forms of bioluminescent mushrooms. It’s just that the Garneri had been extremely elusive for scientists, always being something of a myth
Less Known Flying Creatures
Flying Lemur: The mammal most adapted for flight is the Flying Lemur. The Flying Lemur is also the closest thing on earth to almost being a primate, but not actually being one. Now the Lemur are actually better gliders than they are fliers, and though they can’t fly in the traditional sense, they can glide up to 3230 feet without losing much in height.
Draco Lizard: The Indonesian Draco Lizard may very well be where the tales of flying dragons began. Because this Draco (“dragon”) Lizard is able to glide upwards of 195 without losing much more than 30 feet in height. The Draco has extended ribs that create the “wings” of this creature. So it is quite literally a flying dragon, and who is to say it’s fire breathing cousin didn’t die off recently. All of a sudden The Hobbit seems a bit less fanciful.
Flying Squid: Now we have all heard and seen Flying Fish before, but Flying Squid? This Squid found around Japan had been known to fly for some time, however, photographic evidence had been difficult to acquire. The Squid uses their ability to evade predators, and occasionally to knock a poor boater in the head. The one interesting point to these Flying Squids is that it is still unknown how exactly they stay afloat, since they really don’t have wings.
The Bower Bird: The Bower Bird is special, and as it’s name implies, it likes to hang out in quite shady places under trees. But that’s not what makes it special. This comes about due to the birds ability to create it’s own amphitheater and personal decorating touches. The bird is very precise in how it wants to be viewed, and especially the stage upon which it will be performing. It painstakingly creates it stage, which is generally roofed, and at times supported by internal “pillars”. It then decorates the entire area with specific color patterns, and clears out all the clutter and distractions of the forest around it. Truly a remarkable creature.
Adelie Penguins: The Adelie Penguin is perhaps the most romantic of all earths creatures… next to man of course. This species of Penguin has a very in depth and peculiar mating ritual, but it is this ritual that makes it so adorable. The ritual begins by a male penguin spotting a potential mate, it then rolls a stone (which simulates an Egg) over to the female. This shows his intentions and makes it apparent that he is trying to mate with her. The offer is accepted when the female rubs her belly against the males, and performs her mating song. They then disembark from the pack, and go to a secluded and private area to mate. This makes them the most adorable and romantic animal of all.
Elephants: We all know that Elephants are smart, but have you ever heard of an empathetic Elephant? It’s both been documented and known that Elephants have a few rituals when dealing with death. When a member of their herd dies, the remainder will often stay behind long after the animal has passed. Enduring thirst, hunger, and predators to stay near their dearly departed. They will also often cover the animal in dirt and tree branches before leaving. Upon coming across other fallen elephants, they will also jostle and inspect the bones. They are also known to do the same for humans and other empathetic animals such as dogs.
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The author of this article was Damien S. Wilhelmi. If you enjoyed this piece you can follow me on Twitter @HotMocs. Nature can be strange and formidable at times. Which means you should be well equipped. If you are in need of outdoor clothing such as Heated Scarves, visit HotMocs.com for all your outdoor needs.