Fuck Yes Inside Nature's Giants

An appreciation blog for Channel 4's revolutionary programme, Inside Nature's Giants.
By opening up and examining the inner workings of some of nature's largest animals, we are able to understand some of their amazing adaptations and how and why they have evolved that way.

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cool-critters:

Cassowary

The cassowaries are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) in the genus Casuarius and are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia. There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the southern cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, and fungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries to dogs and people, although fatalities are extremely rare. Cassowaries are solitary birds except during courtship, egg-laying, and sometimes around ample food supplies.

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captainscience:

Why Whales are Weird
articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don’t actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.

She became a central figure in the series, “Inside Nature’s Giants,” alongside Mark Evans, a veterinary scientist; Simon Watt, a biologist; and the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. The show became a hit in Britain, and now it has arrived in the United States, where four episodes are being shown on public television, with plans for more.
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Whale Necropsy

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arsanatomica:

Recently, I had the opportunity to observe and help out with a whale necropsy. 

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This young female humpback whale was less two years old, when it died and floated ashore. A necropsy was performed in attempt to determine the cause of death.

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A large cut is made to the throat to free gases trapped in the throat pouch, and allow it to deflate. In life, the pleated throat pouch in baleen whales can expand enormously to accommodate sea water.  In death, it often fills with gas as the body decomposes. 

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These are Humpback Whale Barnacles (Coronula diadema). They are only found on the throats and bellies of humpback whales, image

A series of cuts penetrate the thick blubber layer, and allow it to be peeled back to reveal the underlying tissue. 

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The tissue beneath the blubber on the pectoral area, or shoulder area, is abnormally dark. This hemorrhaging, or bruising, is indicative of blunt force trauma in that area. 

Large animal necropsies are tricky. Often, the exact cause of death is difficult to pinpointed because the animal is too large to manipulated for a detailed look on all areas. Some ribs and vertebrae were removed, but without any fractures, It’s difficult to say what caused the trauma. Ships and other whales are both possibilities. 

I’ve never touched a whale. I always thought whales felt hard like rubber tires, and was surprised to find that they’re fleshy and somewhat soft, and feel a little like thick gel mousepads, or those keyboard wrist support strips that you find in offices.



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hobbitkaiju:

this is a view of a giraffe I did not think I’d ever see

(Source: lolgifs.net)

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fuck-yeah-cephalopods:

Really interesting documentary on YouTube, Inside Natures Giants, The Giant Squid. Includes an awesome dissection!

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dikatze:

I had to… I HAD TO make these. I could not control myself. Baby turtles flailing their tiny flippers, they seem to like to say hello to everyone. Too irresistible :3

Go free my sea brethren! Be free!

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Gif are made from the leatherback turtle episode of Inside Nature’s Giants.

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I run several others now and haven’t found the time to post much of anything on this one. So would anyone be interested in helping me run it?

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firstfloormetaphor:

Inside Nature’s Giants - Giant Squid

this show is my crack. have a look at the footage of the chromatophores, beautiful

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cptprocrastination:

WARNING: Dissection, anatomy, guts, science, British accents

Inside Nature’s Giants - The Dinosaur Bird

A team of Veterinary Scientists, Comparative Anatomists, Paleontologists and Biologists explore the inner workings of the Cassowary, a flightless bird that is called ‘The Dino Bird’. Via dissection they look for clues and ties to their evolutionary ancestors - The Theropod Dinosaurs which included in its family Tyrannosaurs Rex.