Page 10 - Animal Facts

An uninvited visitor at an aquarium almost wiped out the entire crab population. Find out how it snuck in

The aquarists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium noticed that less and less of their crabs in the Shale reef exhibit came out to eat during feeding times. Only once a red octopus, the size of a fist, crawled out of the shale reef onto the aquarium floor, did they realize why.

"We'd noticed that there weren't as many crabs coming out at feeding time in that exhibit. Now we realize that's where they'd all been going — into the octopus's tummy!" Exclaimed Barbara Utter, the senior aquarist.

The octopus managed to get entry to the aquarium on a rock or a sponge when it was still a baby. A baby red octopus is about the size of a fingernail, which explains why the little critter could hide out so successfully.

It spent it's time snacking away on the legitimate residents of the aquarium—the crabs. It was obviously living well, and managed to put on the bulk that made it's presence known to the aquarists.

Seeing that there is no 'undersea law' that can be enforced on the octopus for munching on the aquarium crabs, it is being prepped to live a life of captivity as a legitimate member of the aquarium's Splash Zone.


Canada uses dogs to keep its university students off the bottle during finals week. Here's why!

If you ever experienced the stress of writing your finals, you will appreciate the 'puppy room' at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. The university offers the option to 'keep calm and pet a puppy' instead of grabbing a bottle of vodka or reverting to extreme behavior.

The puppy room filled with cute little dogs is available to all students who are experiencing stress of any kind. This method is so effective in relieving stress; it should be available at all schools and universities!

It is a scientific fact that the enthusiasm of a dog is infectious and just spending time in the company of 'man's best friend' leaves one feeling more optimistic.

Psychologist Dr David Lewis had this to say about interaction with dogs: "The research we conducted shows this is a profound and effective stress reducer and increases feelings of contentment and relaxation."

Science is only beginning to understand the intrinsic relationship we have with dogs. What is known, is that petting a dog triggers the neurotransmitters that make us happy. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Dalhousie University should soon have the happiest, most stress free students in Canada!


Modern spiders are the biggest spiders to have ever existed. Learn more

I know spiders are terrifying. Nothing should need THAT many legs or eyes! It's even more terrifying to think of how scary they must have been back before modernization and industrialization shrunk them down and scattered them to the far reaches of our basements. Turns out, the spiders running around today may be the biggest species that has ever lived.

The biggest known fossil of a spider was found near Inner Mongolia, China in 2005. It's dated back 165 million years—and is only about an inch in length. Compared to the other spider fossils found, this one is ginormous.

It's also special due to how well it was preserved. Fine volcanic ash kept features like the mouth and hairlike structures on it's legs intact. It was classified as Nephila jurassica and is an ancestor to some of the largest web-weaving spiders today. They weave 5-foot webs and can grow up to 2 inches today, much larger than their fossilized friend. Turns out that thing lurking down in the dark corners of your least visited rooms really are monstrous size in comparison.


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There was a TV channel called The Puppy Channel, and they only showed videos of puppies playing!

In 1997, a television channel was created by Dan Fitzsimmons. The goal of this channel was to show "24 hours a day, 7 days a week, footage of puppies fooling around like puppies do"! Because hey, who wouldn't want to watch puppies play with each other all day, every day?

Dan Fitzsimmons created the television channel after flipping through daytime television and realizing that there was absolutely nothing worthwhile to watch. Instead, of watching soaps, game shows, and reruns, FitzSimmons thought that "Something else is necessary. There's a need for a parking place on television."

According to Molly Fitzsimmons, a focus group was held and 41% of the people in that group said they would rather watch puppies play than CNBC. Unfortunately, the channel never caught on, and it was abandoned in 2001.


Faso brand soap is able to repel the deadliest creatures in the world! How do they do it?

Beware the most deadly animal in the world, the mighty mosquito. Yes, that tiny winged annoyance is root of so many problems around the world, spreading malaria which is the number one killer in sub-Saharan Africa. Luckily, there is Faso Soap, a soap that acts as a mosquitoes repellent.

It's made of completely natural and indigenous ingredients from Burkina Faso. Other mosquito deterrents are expensive, toxic, and non-reusable, not to mention they don't make you smell nice. Soap is something used nearly every day on everything from skin, to clothes, to cooking utensils. When the nice smelling bug repellent is everywhere, you don't have to worry about a thing.

Malaria is classified as a severe disease. It starts by causing flu-like symptoms, and then onto paroxysm, or a cycle of feeling cold, shivering and then a nasty fever and sweat which occurs every two days. In 2010 alone there were 219 million cases of malaria and over 660,000 died. Next time you get a nasty bug bite, just remember it could be so much worse.



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