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Great Pyrenees
The history behind the largest dog breeds often reveals dogs bred to be ancient guardians, fierce hunting hounds or royal companions. While some owners in recent years prefer smaller dog breeds for city living, size and strength have historically been desirable factors to breed into dogs, making them better protectors and hunters. Human interference through breeding management programs has been...
2 icons of a dolphin and porpoise
If you're like me, you love being right. Nothing makes me happier than listening to a friend or coworker say something wrong, then stepping up to rub your expanse of knowledge right in their uneducated face! This article is devoted to that feeling. Whether you have a true interest in the identity of misidentified animals, or you just want...
hummingbird moth hovering near purple flower
If you want to encounter a life-form on Earth which will challenge your views of what it means to thrive in the universe, look no further than the insect class of the animal kingdom. There is a reason that many of the aliens featured in our science fiction literature and films resemble insects. We find them very unusual, because...
The Matterhorn, Switzerland
When you think of an inspirational landscape, what comes to mind? Everyone has different preferences, but a lot of people will immediately think of mountaintops. Look up “inspirational photos” online and you are bound to see more than a few beautiful, transcendent summits. As human beings, we are naturally drawn to the heights. Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful and remind us...
sea nettle jellyfish
If you have ever been swimming and noticed a jellyfish floating toward you, odds are you scrambled to get away as quickly as you possibly could. It is tough to spot jellyfish. Being translucent, they can often blend right into the ocean currents.Thankfully they tend to catch the light, which helps them to stand out under the right conditions....
How fast can you run? Research suggests that human beings could run as fast as 40 miles an hour—in theory—but sprint speeds average to closer to 12-15 mph.You may be thinking, “that’s not too shabby,” but as you will see, a 15 mph sprint would not be enough to win a race with any of the fastest animals on...

Dolphin Facts

dolphin leaping out of water
As one of the favorites among wildlife watchers, dolphins are best known for their agility and playful behavior creating a beautiful sight as they leap from the water.Part of the toothed whale family that also includes pilot whales and orcas, dolphins are highly intelligent and sociable marine mammals that can found in nearly every corner of the globe.Although they...

Cheetah Facts

Known for being the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah is a large feline that can run up to 75 miles per hour in short bursts to cover distances up to 1,600 feet and accelerate to over 60 miles per hour within just three seconds!Easily recognizable from the other popular big cats for their spotted coat, characteristic “tear stripes”...
Camel (Louise Bleaky/Flickr)
When you think of a desert, do you imagine a lifeless wasteland where nothing can survive? While many people think of deserts as lifeless locations, they are actually quite diverse and rich in life.In fact, it could be said that there is no finer example of the richness of evolution than a desert ecology. Why? The harsh conditions imposed...
spiny dogfish near ocean floor bed
As their name suggests, spiny dogfish sharks (Squalus acanthias) have sharp spines in front of each dorsal fin. Their bodies are dark gray above and white below, often with white spotting on the sides. They are marketed as "rock shark", "rock cod" or "rock salmon" and are often eaten in Europe and used for English fish and chips. This...