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Fluorescent Pink Slugs! Cool!

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Article and picture taken from HERE.

It would seem to be something you’d see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop there.

“As bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are,” Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them.”

The eight-inch creatures have been spotted only on Mount Kaputar, a 5,000-foot peak in the Nandewar Range in northern New South Wales.

Scientists believe the eye-catching organisms are survivors from an era when Australia was home to rainforests. A series of volcanoes, millions of years of erosion and other geological changes “have carved a dramatic landscape at Mount Kaputar,” the park service wrote on its Facebook page, and unique arid conditions spared the slugs from extinction.

They “probably would have long since vanished, if a volcano had not erupted at Mount Kaputar about 17 million years ago,” Ben Cubby wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald. “The result of that eruption is a high-altitude haven for invertebrates and plant species that have been isolated for millions of years, after Australia dried out and the rainforests receded.”

And they’re not the only unusual inhabitants on the mountain.

“We’ve actually got three species of cannibal snail on Mount Kaputar, and they’re voracious little fellas,” Murphy said. “They hunt around on the forest floor to pick up the slime trail of another snail, then hunt it down and gobble it up.”

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in animals, bugs, nature, weird news

 

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FUNKY TOMATO

Yesterday I went to the local farmers market and picked up some heirloom tomatoes. I bought the tomato below just because it looked so weird, like some funky tomato monster is hatching out of it. The last photo has Squeaky in it.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in cats, food and drink, fun, nature

 

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UNICORN HORN, ANYONE?

I don’t think there’s anything that I can say that is better than the picture. A picture says a thousand words and all that. You can buy this!

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in geekery, naughtiness, shopping

 

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FUNKY CACTUS POD FLOWER

This was some funky flower pod on a succulent/cactus or something. Whatever it is, it’s cool.

UPDATE: It’s one of those stinky flower plants that have a bad smell to attract pollinating insects.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in nature, photography

 

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BREAKFAST – THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY

Now you can drink the most important meal of the day. Have some nice waffle flavored vodka with a side of bacon flavored vodka! I feel scared.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in food and drink

 

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TROGLORAPTOR SPIDER DISCOVERED

A new family of spider was discovered in a cave in Oregon, called the Trogloraptor (Cave Robber) due to its front claws. It’s the first new spider family discovered in North America since the 1870s and about the size of a half dollar. Nobody knows what it eats yet as it is very shy.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in animals, geekery, weird news

 

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HAWAII – WAIKIKI AQUARIUM VARIOUS CRITTERS

Here are the “miscellaneous” critters that I saw at the Waikiki Aquarium.

A Nautilus, but the light was low so it looks like a weird alien.

 

A Commerson’s Frogfish

Some sort of puffer fish.

And some kind of neat looking shrimp.

A Hawaiian monk seal. So cute!

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in adventure, nature, sealife, travel

 

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