Nightie-nite for all the pampered guests at the Shangri-La Bird Hotel. Here we see their famous turn-down service staff making sure everyone is comfy and ready for a good nights sleep. Sweet Dreams!
Photo: a pod of lifeless, oil covered Snorkelers floating in a large patch of oil.
Biloxi (AP): Local residents have reported seeing hundreds of dead, oil covered Gulf Coast Snorkelers washing ashore today. Authorities have noted that this is their spawning season and fear the loss might spell doom for this endangered species. When asked about their plans to rescue them an un-named official at BP responded, “Snorkelers? You’ve got to be fuckin kidding me!”
Killer shot of a Russian volcano erupting as seen from the space station!
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Herrings converse via flatulence, researchers find
Herrings appear to be sociable fish who like to communicate among themselves and use their natural flatulence to do so, a team of British and Canadian researchers has reported.
“At night herring squeeze bubbles out of their swim bladders through an anal pore, producing sounds not unlike people blowing raspberries,” the team of three recounted. The Pacific species (Clupea pallasii) were found to emit distinctive bursts of pulses, known as “fast repetitive tick”, or FRT sounds, mostly at night. It was the same story with Clupea pallasii’s Atlantic cousin, Clupea harengus.
“Atlantic herring also produce FRT, or “Fart” sounds and video analysis showed an association with bubble expulsion from the anal duct region,” the researchers found. “The functions of these sounds are unknown but as the per capita rates of sound production by fish at higher densities were greater, social mediation appears likely. “These sounds may have consequences for our understanding of herring behaviour and the effects of noise pollution.”
… noise pollution?