Friday, January 06, 2006

More megafauna, charismatic and otherwise...

Two surly political posts in a row are quite sufficient for the time being, I think. For a change of pace, O Gentle Reader(s), I present to you a couple of pics of baby porcupines.

But be warned! There's at least one widely distributed pic out there which claims to be of 3 baby porcupines, but which is actually of 3 baby hedgehogs. Which is fine, really, they're awfully cute as well and all, but they aren't porcupines.

Updated: Actually I think the pic on the left is a hedgehog as well. They're everywhere! It's a conspiracy, I tell ya.

But let's set aside all things cute-n-cuddly for a moment. On the far other end of the adorable organism spectrum are the fish of the deep ocean. Unluckily for them, being hideous and living deep in the ocean isn't much protection from the human world, because a.) they're edible, and b.) they reproduce very, very slowly, so they're being drastically overfished. This site has more info, also covering threats to the world's deep-ocean, cold-water corals. Yes, there is such a thing. I was surprised too.

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