Womb with a View — Animals in the Womb
They may grow to be very different beasts, but these breathtaking images reveal how surprisingly similar the beginning of life is for all of us in the animal kingdom. These pictures were captured using a revolutionary four-dimensional imaging technology and anatomically accurate models. Scientists have managed to shed light on the magical world of mammals inside their mothers’ womb.
The animals above are easy to identify — elephant, dolphin, dog and penguin and are all shown by their similar stages of development. The Asian elephant fetus above is shown at 12 months in the womb, catching some shut eye before she takes her first heavy steps in the world in another year. The gestation period for an elephant is 22 months. The unborn puppy looks ready set to pounce as he will reach his full gestation period at around nine weeks. For dolphins, the gestation period varies with species; for the small Tucuxi dolphin, the period is around 11 to 12 months, while for the orca, the gestation period is around 17 months.
Scientists captured the images for a National Geographic documentary called Animals in the Womb. They were created using a combination of ultrasound scans, computer graphics and small cameras, as well as some carefully created models, to document the animals’ development from conception to birth. They provide an unparalleled glimpse into a world that few of us would ever expect to see — and what a miraculous sight it is.
Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis)
Also known as the big sluice crab or the Shanghai hairy crab, the Chinese mitten crab is a species of varunid crab that is native to the coastal estuaries of eastern Asia, ranging from Korea to the Fujian province of China. It has also been introduced to Europe and North America and is considered and invasive species.Like other crabs E. sinensis feeds on a wide variety of things ranging from plants, various invertebrates, fish and detritus.
E. sinensis spends most of its life in fresh water, but return to tidal estuaries to mate. After mating they will return to brackish water to hatch their eggs. After development the juvenile crabs will move upstream, completing the life cycle.
Incredible Vintage Animated Gifs
Nearly 155 years before the first animated gif appeared in 1887, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of the vision principle to create the illusion of images in motion.
The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.
Though Plateau is credited with inventing the device, there were numerous other mathematicians and physicists who were working on similar ideas around the same time, and they too were building on the works of Greek mathematician Euclid and Sir Isaac Newton who had also identified the principles behind the phenakistoscope.
Photo: Heinrich Pniok via: Wikipedia
Deer runs from flying squirrel (caught on trail camera) - Imgur
This is one of the greatest images I have ever seen!
Iwase Yoshiyuki's photo-essay of Ama Divers - girls and women who harvested seaweed, oysters, and abalone in coastal Japan.
"Ama divers went out three times a day, requiring extensive eating and warming at the fireside between runs. A good harvest required long, cold dives, up to four minutes of hard underwater work on a single lungful of air. As such, ama divers were paid enormous salaries, often making more a few week season than the men of the village made in a year. When Yoshiyuki began shooting in the late 1920s, there were several hundred ama divers active in the seven harbours of the Iwawada coast… By the late 1960’s this 2000 year old way of life had disappeared. Yoshiyuki’s images are the most comprehensive document of ama divers ever produced and a stunning visual testament to these fascinating iconic women.”
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