I'm Paul- yes that's my picture. I'm Filipino, gay, love anime & Pokemon (among other things I find interesting)


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holy fuck! so how did the penguins taste?????

this is the cutest video in the entire world. this seal is just so afraid for this dumb weird baby she thinks she’s found out in the ocean. have a bird. have another bird. no, see, eat the bird! the bird is food! why won’t this stupid baby eat. open your mouth you idiot baby i will feed you bird if it’s the last thing i do


Anime jeans by Kirameku

Hand painted with water-based textile paints.



Panda researchers in China wear panda costumes to give mother-like feeling to a lonely baby panda who lost her mother [x]

without context it looks like some guy disguised himself as a panda so he could sneak into their panda community and now he’s making a quick getaway with the baby panda


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2 volcanoes at once is weird, right? 

Let’s talk volcanoes for #volcanomonday. Last Friday, we ran two posts about volcanic eruptions that started that day; one in Iceland and one around the world in Papua New Guinea. 

A question that came up both in press reports and even in our own comments is…is this unusual?

The answer is no, it’s not unusual at all for many volcanoes to erupt at the same time. For example, this satellite image was taken last week and it shows the island Nishino-shima south of Japan. Last December, we covered the formation of a new island here, Niijima, a volcanic peak that emerged from beneath the waves (http://tinyurl.com/oe22xtl). Niijima has spent the last 9 months erupting, with no signs of slowing down, and has grown so large that it consumed the island it appeared next to.

That’s one volcano that has erupted almost non-stop for nearly a year, and there’s nothing abnormal about that at all. When people were asking whether the two eruptions on Friday were unusual, the continuing eruption at this volcano was forgotten. That should help convey the point; volcanoes can stay active for years, even decades at a time. In fact, there are some volcanoes that almost never shut off.

The most famous of those are probably Kilauea and Stromboli. Kilauea, on the big island of Hawaii, has been constantly pouring out lava since 1983. The volcano Stromboli off the coast of Italy has been in a state of eruption for about 2000 years. Other volcanoes, like Ol Doinyo Lengai and Erta Alae in Africa and Erebus in Atarctica are regularly erupting as well, sometimes even maintaining long-lived lava lakes.

The real extreme of this effect, by the way, is the mid-ocean ridge system. Mid-Ocean ridges around the world are almost constantly erupting; if you counted up each location as a volcano, there would easily be hundreds of different eruptions at any given time. 

Around the world, volcanoes become active and shut down. Sometimes we notice and cover them, some times we don’t. There are usually well over 10 around the world erupting, sometimes several dozen, but most of them don’t get much coverage. The difference typically is whether or not they’re in urban or developed areas. In developed areas, we hear reports of them, and most importantly photographs are produced. When a volcano like Erebus, on the continent of Antarctica erupts, we typically don’t get good pictures of it. When a rift zone opens on Iceland, we get great coverage and images of every step because people are there to watch it.

Volcanoes in one part of the world don’t impact another part of the world. So under the #volcanomonday tag today, just count this as a reminder that a couple volcanoes being on your news feed might be a cool thing to watch, it might produce some great images, but there’s no larger story other than the way plate tectonics works on an average day.


Image credit: NASA

List of currently active volcanoes:

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Stromboli: http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/stromboli.html


Tiny starfishes I captured in the aquariums of Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam


Carolina Bays

Carolina Bays are elliptical/oval shaped wetlands located mostly in North and South Carolina, though a few can be found in Georgia and as far north as Virginia and Delaware. The Native Americans called them ‘pocosin’ or ‘swamp on a hill’. 

They can range in size from one to several thousand acres in size. There are about 500,000 in the Atlantic Coastal Plain. All of the bays are oriented in the same general direction, northwest to southeast. Bays are some of the most ecologically diverse areas in the southeast US, being home to many endangered or threatened species. They are even home to carnivorous plants, like the pitcher plant and venus fly trap.

The origins of the bays have sparked debate in the past. There are two main theories as to the origins; one being that prevailing winds scoured the depressions and left a depositional dune on the southeast side. The other theory is extraterrestrial in origin, a meteor storm or low-density comet caused the bays, and they are the impact crater remnants. Though this theory is the coolest, it has fallen by the way side due to lack of evidence.

In the image you can see many bays clustered together, with the same general orientation, and with the dune on the southeast side.


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Image Credit: North Carolina Department of Transportation


Bubblegum Coral- The Coral that gets around!

Considering that bubblegum coral is a resident of the deep sea, it is unusually common worldwide. There are multiple species of this coral type, but there is one species in particular that can be found all over the world. The species is Paragorgia arborea and is found in in the northern and southern Pacific and Atlantic, the Indian, the Arctic and the Southern oceans.

A new genetic study published in the Journal of Molecular Ecology not only indicates these widespread populations belong to Paragorgia arborea, but it also offers a glimpse at how and when this coral was spread around the world. 

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