Crocodiles

Nature, Crocodile, Nile Crocodile

Their classification name may include all members of their order like caimans and alligators. These are aquatic animals that live in the tropic of Africa, Asia, Australia and America. They may also be found in fresh water bodies such as large lakes, large rivers and wetlands. Their existence dates back to 200 million years and lived the wonderful extinction unlike the dinosaurs that became extinct 65 million years back.

Crocodiles are hunters and wait for fish or unsuspecting land animals to come close to their habitats. They then attack by using their tails which are hooked and very powerful. The animals swallow their predators . The digestion is done through the secretion of powerful bile acid which helps ease food absorption. They also swallow stones called gastroliths that act as ballast to help their bodies in crashing food. They have a very slow metabolism and can survive long periods without eating. They can attack big sea creatures like sharks and kill them.

Crocodiles are extremely dangerous to man. Even though they can’t keep up with the individual’s speed, they could attack so swiftly before a person can react. The most dangerous of the animals include the Nile Crocodiles that kill tens of thousands of humans each year in Africa and South-east Asia. The Nile crocodiles are natives of many African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Sudan and others. The Saltwater are common in Asian countries. However a species called Mugger Crocodiles and Black Caiman are extremely dangerous to humans.

Honey Badgers

Honey Badgers are among the most amazing animals on the planet. Let’s try to get to know them better.

Fact 1: They are also known as the”Ratel.”

The title”Ratel” has likely been taken from the Afrikaans language which is indigenous to Namibia and South Africa. Additionally, it may have been derived from the rattling sound they make when they’re frightened. It’s quite interesting to know that the Infantry Fighting Vehicle of the South African Defense Force was called”Ratel”.

If you want to see honey badgers, you may want to visit these places: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park in South Africa, Tsavo National Park in Kenya and the Etosha National Park in Namibia. They are also known to raid refuse bins in certain campsites like the Mana Pools National Park and Hwange National park in Zimbabwe.

Fact 3: They are the world’s most fearless animal.

They may look cute and adorable-but do not be deceived. They’re rather tough, so don’t mess with these guys. You will know the reason why as we proceed.

Fact 4: Honey badgers kill and eat snakes.

Yes, you heard it right! Honey Badgers can attack snakes-even the most vicious and venomous ones. They can devour an entire five feet-long snake in just 15 minutes. They kill snakes by grabbing them behind the mind. Other creatures that fall prey to this ferocious animal include termites, earthworms, hares, tortoises, as well as crocodiles that are about a meter in length.

Truth 5: They are solitary animals.

Honey badgers live in solitude. There are reports, however, of honey badgers coming together in a place where food is abundant.

Fact 6: They are nocturnal during summer and diurnal during the winter.

In places where human activity is regular, however, honey badgers are primarily nocturnal.

Fact 7: They have really thick and rubbery skin.

Their durability and looseness of the skin make them resistant to bites from other animals. They are also able to twist around, permitting them to turn and bite predators.

Fact 8: They don’t have visible ears.

This truth is pretty obvious, as their ears appear to be quite concealed.

Fact 9: They’ve been known to live for 24-26 decades.

There is not much information concerning the lifespan of honey eating badgers. However, there are sources stating that they can live around 24-26 years . In the wild, they may have a shorter lifespan, probably 7-8 years.

Fact 10: Honey Badgers release odor from their anal glands.

There are suggestions that honey loving badgers release odor from their anal glands to”fumigate” the bees forcing them away from the hive.

Honey Badgers may not sound as sweet and good-natured as how the name implies, but they are still one of the most unique animals which you can find.

The Walrus

Bull Walrus, Cow, Ice, Snow, Cold

When vacationers arrive on their polar vacations expecting to find a myriad distinct creatures, among the animals that necessarily makes the’top three’ list is the Walrus – and though it might seem difficult to believe without seeing these impressive animals in the flesh, there are loads of reasons for this high esteem. Visitors expecting to catch a glimpse of those animals will be well rewarded – after all, with their size, they are pretty difficult to miss!

Tough Tusks

Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating qualities you’ll notice about the Walrus throughout your polar vacations is the giant monsters’ tusks. Believe it or not, these elongated canines can attain lengths of up to a metre in both females and males – even though you may not be able to get close enough to measure them from tip to gum! The tusks are usually larger among men, where they are used for fighting and dominance displays. Whatever the sex of Walrus, however, their tusks come in handy in their everyday life – like to make holes in icehockey, or to assist in dragging prey from the sea and on a solid surface.

Predators and Prey

It only needs to be concerned about two creatures hungry for a Walrus bite – the Orca, and the Polar Bear. Fortunately, however, the Walrus is not a huge portion of predator’s diet, meaning that there are always plenty around to see in your polar vacations.

Myth and Legend

According to legend, the tusks were initially formed from the tears of the crying girl. However, the Walrus has also featured in more contemporary stories throughout the world – these two distinctive tusks which makes them an instantly familiar creature, whether on polar vacations or in the pages of an illustrated children’s book.

Starfish

Starfish, Sand, Aquarium, Starfish

Starfish can crawl over a meal like a clam, force open it and start eating it. Another cool thing about starfish is that it has no teeth. It simply digests its meal and receives nutrients from its meal. A friend of mine even thinks that a starfish is not an animal but a rock.

Starfish is also known as a sea star, they aren’t actually a fish but are echinoderms, and they belong to the household of Asteroidea. There are approximately 1,800 species of starfishes in the world. A number of them don’t even look like celebrity. A normal profile of a starfish is that it usually has five arms. But some specie has more than five arms.

The Philippine starfish is usually hard and have horns. They are rather abundant in the Philippines. Certain processes will need to be followed so it can be preserved for a long time period. The Philippine starfish is one of the most easily preserved specie of starfish.

Proper classification and processing of this Philippine Starfish are extremely important, ignore this, and you wind up with a rotten, smelly starfish. Our processes employ’s a union of both traditional and contemporary way of preserving and cleaning starfishes.

Packaging also plays an essential role in this enterprise. We should think about the transport time from our warehouse to its destination. Again if we ignore this, molds would certainly develop, and it’s very important to incorporate a desiccant into the packaging to stop moldings.

We have this tendency to associate things from the sea as giving us some type of a calming effect as it will remind us of the ocean. The sea is truly a magical location. It may comfort us and calms us. What better way than to bring a monster in the sea into our homes to remind us about the pleasures we connect with the sea. Another fantastic fact about Starfishes is that most species can regenerate, remember the spider man movie. The villainous lizard has this quality of growing damaged limbs.

Starfish is one of the most lonely creatures around, you need to know why? It is because they can reproduce even without a partner. For us humans it would be a curse to be lonely, but for a starfish, it is a necessity to ensure the survival of its population.

Grilled Vegetables

Dacha, Shish Kebab, Vegetarianism

The grill is the friend this summer. It is possible to make whole meals on this very simple piece of gear and create delicious food. This create the wonderful char and the delicious smoky flavor. However, (always a but) that is not so healthy.
The charred bits have carcinogenic chemicals. Additionally, like all cooking, you lose vitamins and juices with warmth.
It is not all bad news. Grilled vegetables taste yummy. They cook quickly and keep their snap. It is one of the better cooking procedures, better than boiling.
Here is the perfect way to cook meats and vegetables on the grill. Marinade everything. Olive oil is a favorite.
Add lots and lots of spices and herbs.
Coat the grill with olive oil to avoid sticking.
Grill fast, but do not over cook. Vegetables on the grill have to be accomplished quickly.
Any veggies can be performed on the grill. All fruit which are a bit more solid are also great. That way, you have the freshest vegetables. Fresh is crucial because new vegetables retain their structure. Firm veggies are better.
Ever attempted grilled steaks or watermelon? You do not know what you’re missing!
All meats can be performed on the grill. Eggs and fish should be accomplished in a pan or on transparency, since they can fall through the grates. This is much healthier, with a much better fat profile (more heart healthy omega-3s). Locate a local farm which sells eggs. See if they allow their cows run around and eat bugs and weeds, their normal diet. The eggs and meats taste better on a natural diet, and cook so much better. Yes, you may taste the difference.
Best of all: you can not cook breads, pastas, or some other crap on the grill! Just do not go incorporating it in.
Cook more on the grill . It’s faster, healthier, and tastier! Plus, picking the local farmer’s markets and butcher is more economical!

Good Breathing

Closeup, Cocktail, Color, Colorful
A common slogan among asthma sufferers is”When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”, alluding to the desperateness of one who can’t inhale the life-giving air. Is life-giving air the entire story on breathing? This report takes common breathing guidance and provides reasons for its efficacy. It goes further and provides essential elements in breathing technique for superior health.
Breathing is perhaps among the most centrally integrated autonomous behaviors that reach well beyond a simple filling of the lungs.
“Breathing emerges through complex network connections between neurons distributed throughout the nervous system. The respiratory rhythm generating network is made up of micro networks working within larger networks to generate different rhythms and patterns that characterize breathing.”
The outworking of Garcia’s study can be observed when a person is affected by strong emotions like fear & anger.
Mainstream suggestions for breathing is to reevaluate the autonomous control and consciously inhale deeply through the nose and exhale through the mouth slowly with pursed lips.
By remembering to breathe, a space is created to restore calm and reduce blood pressure and stress hormones so creating opportunity of situation control.
Professor Konstantin Buteyko (Russia 1923-2003) is credited for a method characterised by slow and decreased breathing combined with spaced pauses of no breathing permitting Carbon Dioxide to build up to bursting point.
Breathing is a relevant part of the practice of Yoga. Yoga breathing techniques typically accompany either different poses or some form of meditation. Thus it is hard to separate and ascribe the result to the breathing, poses or the meditation.
Pandit JJ, in 2003 tested 3 breathing techniques for optimal Oxygen uptake, as follows:
Three (3) minutes of tidal breathing
Four (4) deep breaths taken within 30 seconds
3.
The Oxygen uptake was the same for Things 1. & 3 and a higher efficacy than for Item 2. His work illustrates that breathing technique is important.
In 1998 the Karolinska Institute awarded the Nobel prize to US pharmacologists Robert F. Furchgott, PhD, Ferid Murad, MD, PhD, and Louis J. Ignarro, PhD for their discoveries of the role of Nitric Oxide (NO) as being a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system.
NO relaxes the smooth muscle in arteries supplying a larger flow area for blood, thus reducing blood pressure and deliver more nutrients to where they are needed. The importance of NO in the human bodily functions cannot be overstated. Although 1000’s of research papers have been written, World research goes on. NO is implicated in heart health, lower blood pressure, better quality of sleep as well as erectile dysfunction.
NO is produced in the sinuses, the largest being the maxillary sinuses both sides of the nose. They’re closed chambers except for a small soft-tissue opening known as the ossium that’s open the olfactory airways.
There’s no right or wrong way to breathe – the autonomous brain work sees to it that you get sufficient oxygen into your system. However, there are ways to breathe to get maximum NO in your system. Here are 7 pointers to help get this amazing gas in your bloodstream.
BREATHE IN FAST THROUGH YOUR NOSE.
Nose hair and constricted nose ducting ensure there is a negative pressure in the airways. This partial vacuum causes the sinuses to deliver a small amount of NO-laden air into your inhaled breath. The harder you breathe at the longer NO the sinuses will deliver.
BLOCK ONE NOSTRIL AND BREATHE IN.
Blocking one nostril and consequently the other nostril increases the partial vacuum to cause NO-laden air to be injected into your inhaled breath.
3.
Close both nostrils and try to inhale. This creates the best quantity of vacuum in your respiratory system allowing NO-laden air to be sucked in the sinuses. Of course you can just do this for a short time before resuming normal breathing.
BREATHE OUT SLOWLY THROUGH YOUR MOUTH.
NO needs time to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Accordingly it is good to hold your breath for as long as it’s convenient. Alternatively exhale slowly to allow the lungs time to consume the NO.
HUM OR SING
Lundberg et al showed in 2003 that humming increases exhaled NO by 700%. Other researcher found an even greater increase in exhaled NO during humming. Problem is that it’s difficult to inhale while stirring. Thus the sequence suggested is to hum for 3 seconds then immediately inhale. .
PRETEND TO SNORE
To overcome the problem of simultaneously humming and inhaling, it is advised to pretend to snore, which makes the sound like you were snoring. The snoring sound frequencies are in the array of the maxillary sinuses natural frequencies approximately 110 to 350 Hz. Allowing the maxillary sinuses to resonate will pulse NO-laden air to the inhaled breath volume. Since snoring is an inhaling manoeuvre the NO will reach the lungs in greater volume.
VALSALVA MANOEUVRE
During a descent procedure in an aeroplane headaches are often avoided using the Valsalva manoeuvre. This manoeuvre involves closing both nostrils while trying to exhale until the ear drums’pop’. This has the effect of pressurizing the uterus which upon following inhalation release the pressure and inject NO-laden air into the olfactory airways.
FAQ’s
A. NO in the sinuses is a finite resource and can be depleted. Eat loads of food rich in Nitrates eg Beetroot, Fenugreek, etc and give your body time to convert the Nitrates into NO.
B. Why not breathe in NO gas like they do for infants with pulmonary hypertension? The dose of NO in a medical setting is carefully controlled. Exposure of animals to NO has caused nausea, unconsciousness and death.
C. Why don’t you sit in a high traffic area and breathe at the NO produced by automobiles? Motor vehicle exhaust gases do contain NO. But, exhaust gases are a poisonous cocktail of other gases such as Carbon Monoxide. The danger of poisoning far outweighs any benefits to be gained.
After about 5 years of buying women’s wear from China, India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Indonesia we found a need to ensure supply is according to the following:
• No child labour
• No Azo dyes that cause cancer
• No harsh processing chemicals that hurt the environment.
• Fabric from renewable sources
• Natural fire retardant fabric
We went a little farther, and asked ourselves the question:
What can we add to our range of clothing that enhances wellness in the wearer?
We came up with some surprising answers.

Ferns

Fern, Leaves, Green, Nature, Purity

A fern is a sort of plant with about 12,000 species known. Like mosses they also bear xylem and phloem. They also bear roots, leaves and stalks like other vascular plants but they lack flowers and seeds. They produce spores. The largest group of ferns known include leptosporangiate ferns. The common examples are horsetails, whisk ferns, marattioid ferns, and ophioglossoid ferns.

The term pteridophyte also refers to ferns. A pteridologist research about ferns and lycophytes. Fossil record suggests that they evolved 360 million years ago in the Carboniferous period but majority of those living ferns are about 145 million years old which evolved in the Cretaceous. They are not very significant from the commercial point of view but are grown for ornamentation, food or remediating soils. Some are weeds and some hold special place in mythology, art and culture.

Ferns are vascular plants differing from lycophytes by having leaves that are true. They differ from gymnosperms and angiosperms in lacking seeds and flowers but bear spores. Their life cycle shows alternation of production which means it is composed of diploid sporophytic and a haploid gametophytic phase. A spore grows by mitosis and creates gametophyte which develops photosynthetic prothallus. A mobile, flagellated sperm fertilizes the egg that’s attached to the prothallus. A zygote which is now diploid produces sporophyte by mitosis.

They prefer to stay in a huge variety of habitats ranging from distant mountain elevations, to arid desert rock faces, to bodies of water or in open fields. In general terms they prefer four types of habitats namely moist, shady forests; crevices in rock faces, particularly when sheltered from the complete sun; acidity wetlands including bogs and swamps; and tropical trees, where many species are epiphytes.

Many are known to develop associations with mycorrhizal fungi. The spores are rich supply of lipids, protein and carbs so are consumed by a few animals. The stem is usually a underground rhizome but in some cases it’s a ground creeping stolon or semi-woody tree trunk. The leaves are green and photosynthetic and are known as fronds due to their horizontal arrangement. The leaves are of three types. Tropophylls participate only in photosynthesis like the leaves of other vascular plants. Sporophylls produce spores and in comparison with the scales of pines. In addition they photosynthesize like tropophylls. Brophophylls produce abnormally large number of spores. The roots are underground and non-photosynthetic. They are fibrous like other vascular plants.

Prothallus is green, photosynthetic structure generally 1 cell thick. It is heart of bladder shaped measuring 3-10 mm long and 2-8 mm broad. It produces gametes in the kind of antheridia and archegonia. Anteridia are small spherical structures that produce flagellated sperms. Archegonia are flask-shaped structures that produce single egg. Rhizoids are root like construction that absorbs water and minerals. They anchor prothallus to soil.

Great Barrier Reef

Heart, Coral, Australia, Coral Reef

Known through out the world since the only naturally constructed structure which could be viewed in the moon, the Great Barrier Reed crosses a huge distance of over 2,600 km. This natural formation constructed by countless coral polyps is a UNESCO World Heritage and has enjoyed a number of the world’s accolades so much as marine biodiversity is concerned. It’s paramount in study and research of marine organisms in the Pacific region and around the world. Quite frankly, nothing is like it. It’s a behemoth by itself. It’s situated Queensland, Australia.

The principle of survival of the fittest holds true; planktons supply food to the smallest fishes, which are also the feeding frenzy of smaller fishes, which are also the way of survival for the larger ones and so forth and so forth till it reaches man’s level, the maximum place in the food chain.

The world has received so much attention from both the neighborhood Australian authorities as well as from international agencies promoting balance in the natural environment. It’s an epitome of natural riches and treasure which is too precious to ignore. They do what they can to preserve and protect the natural happenings of events from the reef and also to lessen the potentially harmful activities that may disrupt the natural balance. The reef is nature’s gift to men; it’s too precious to simply plunder and bangle with.

The reed supports a broad selection of marine life. It isn’t called one of the seven natural wonders of this world for nothing. True, it amazes those who came to see; many tourist visiting the world left with an astounding memory of something which is so expansive and an adventure that’s too precious and unforgettable.

Tourism from the world brings in funds for the Australian government over any other marine thing in Australia. Approximately 2 million people would go to the Great Barrier Reef annually that subsequently has been contended to post threat to the reef.

Something which is a enormous gift, like in the kind of the Great Barrier Reef should be carefully handled. It needs to be cared for and considered fragile. It’s value should be well discerned to be able to keep its own life and its glorious beauty.

Trees

Tree, Nature, Wood, Kahl, Log, Tribe

There are lots of different kinds of trees that stem from different parts of the world. Here’s a list of some of them, in addition to the country’s other national treasures.

Japanese trees:

Japanese trees, often called Cherry Blossoms, are native to a lot of East Asian states such as Japan, Korea, and China. The humanity of the blossoms- their beauty and speedy death- is frequently associated with mortality, the symbolism of which is usually seen in Japanese art, anime and film.

Another treasure from Japan is their yummy fish. More than the fish itself, is the Japanese method of preparing it, known as sushi. Sushi has become a beloved food group amongst people throughout the world.

Maple trees:

There are approximately 129 species of Maple trees, most of which are native to Asia, although they can also be found in Europe, northern Africa and North America. The red sugar maple foliage is the outstanding feature of the Canadian flag. The sugar maple is tapped for sap, which when boiled is converted into maple syrup. Maple syrup is delicious and available in abundance in Canada. It can nevertheless be quite costly when sold overseas.

While Canada isn’t famous for their cuisine, they do have one or two dishes worth mentioning. Poutine is among them. Poutine is a Quebecois dish which consists of French fries, cheese curds and hot gravy. By adding the hot gravy onto the other components, they all melt together, creating a delicious- although gluttonous- meal.

Banana trees:

As you might have guessed, banana trees grow bananas and they are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia. Having said this, today banana trees are grown in at least 107 states, mostly due to their fruit.

Depending on your culinary taste, South and Southeast Asia have some of the most delicious foods in the world, which range from Indian curries, to Thai mango salads, to the hundreds of types of sticky rice from Laos. Each region has their own spices and ways of preparing dishes that make them authentic.

So you see, as well as eating carbon dioxide and providing us oxygen with which to breath and grow things, trees provide food, syrup, beautiful flowers and more.

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Butterflies

Butterfly, Blue, Insect

Many homeowners want to attract more butterflies to their lawn, but have no idea where to start. The best way to do this is to provide butterflies with a variety of plants that are attractive to butterflies indigenous to your region. Don’t just visit your regional big-box retailer and purchase anything with the word”butterfly” in it. Do some basic research on your own, which is very easy to do online, and you will fare much better.

The first thing you need to do is assess which sort of environment you might have. Is your yard wooded, or largely a garden type? Some butterflies will only go to a certain kind of environment, and no matter what plants you have, they won’t visit them if they’re not in the right place.

The next step is to do an online search for your city or county, and see what butterflies are generally found there. Once you do that, cross-reference that information with the sort of environment you’ve (woody, garden, etc.. .) . Most often times lists like that will also list the host plant of the butterfly, but otherwise, you can search for this too.

A host plant is the sort of plant that they will lay their eggs . The nectar plant is a sort of plant that the adult butterflies will feed off of. Normally butterflies will have a large variety of nectar plants where they will feed, but only 1 host plant that they’ll use to deposit their eggs. The monarch butterfly, for example, will feed off of many different sort of nectar plants (lantana, periwinkle, pentas, etc.. .) But only have a single host plant, that’s the milkweed. The monarch butterfly will only lay their eggs on a milkweed plant, because that is the only plant that their larvae (caterpillars) can consume.

To attract the most butterflies to your yard, you may have an assortment of nectar plants, but it’s most important to have the host plants. You will discover, by planting many of the host plants together, you will draw a great deal of species of butterfly.