Top: Siphonophores are colonial animals. They challenge us to think about what it means to be individual as the zooids are all attached to each other rather than living independently. They do not come together to form a colony, but arise by budding from the first zooid. Each individual has a specific job. They gather food through stinging tentacles. x
Bottom: The barreleye has eyes that can rotate within a transparent, fluid-filled shield on its head. The eyes point upward when the fish is looking for food overhead from the siphonophores from which they feed from. They point forward when the fish is feeding. The two spots above the fish’s mouth are analogous to human nostrils. The shield around their eyes help protect them from stings from the siphonophore. x
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Who doesn’t love animals?
There’s something weird that happens when all of us surround ourselves with people who have a similar view on this topic: we forget that there are people out there who are apathetic or even DISLIKE animals. Yes, really.
Now I’m usually one to be open-minded and accept different points of view (without necessarily changing my own opinion), but I think people who don’t like animals are nuts and out of touch.
But one thing we can all agree on, no matter if you have a companion animal, work with animals in a vet/rehab/wild research/keeper/trainer setting, are an activist, or just a wildlife appreciator, it’s WEIRD and sad when you run into someone who thinks animals are stupid or just here for “our” use. Today’s Middle Flipper is all about this topic, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.
When Two Worlds Collide: Animal Lovers Versus the Rest of the Planet
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