Aliens Discovered Near Volcanoes In New Zealand

National Geographic posted a variety of pictures of creatures discovered in Northern New Zealand in “Undersea mountains, continental slopes, canyons, and hydrothermal vents.”

The research area spanned 3,800 square miles around Kermadec Ridge and the species were both new and old to scientists. So maybe they’re not “aliens,” but close enough.

The polychaete worm (above) is a predator with projecting jaws. Other animals included squat lobsters, “Mickey Mouse” squid, “Hairy” crabs, black dragonfish, and tonguefish.  Continue reading “Aliens Discovered Near Volcanoes In New Zealand”

Colorful New Crab Discovered In The Philippines

A new kind of freshwater crab has been discovered on the Philippine island of Palawan. The purple crustacean, called Insulamon Palawanense, is one of four new 1-2 inch wide species in this genus.

German study author Hendrik Freitag says the brilliant color on this inch wide creatures may not serve a purpose more complex than recognition for others of its kind.  Continue reading “Colorful New Crab Discovered In The Philippines”

#1 Reason Not To Visit Indonesia – Giant Wasps

A new species of wasp has been discovered in Indonesia, one with chompers longer than its actual legs which is helpful for defense and reproduction. (“The jaws are big enough to wrap around the female’s thorax and hold her during mating.”)

The ferocious bee is two and a half inches long, more than three times the size of an average wasp and has been dubbed Megalara Garuda.”

Lynn Kimsey, the University of California professor who stumbled upon it in the mountains of Sulawesi, says she is surprised it can even walk with its current proportions.

The female Garuda (a type of digger wasp) buries other insects she’s paralyzed and then lays her eggs on top of them so that her offspring are born with a nice feast close by. I think I had a horrible childhood, missing out on this experience. Maybe in my next life? Continue reading “#1 Reason Not To Visit Indonesia – Giant Wasps”

I Spy A Chupacabra, In Maryland

Hospital employees at Prince George Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland, have been spotting an unidentified creature in the wooded area near their work since early June of 2011, but only recently have they been able to capture the animal on video. They’ve adopted it as their mascot, lovingly him/her Prince Chupa.

So what is a Chupacabra, you might ask? Well I’ve been poking around the internet and have found that it is basically the latino community’s version of bigfoot, an unknown creature that is inherently evil and drinks the blood of goats. Its mythology is varied. Some people describe it as an alien/dinosaur/vampire while others say it is a panther with a snake’s tongue. Biologists wave these theories off, simply calling the sighted Chupacabras “Coyotes with scabies.”

One employee at Prince George Hospital, Joe Livermore, describes the newfound creature as a “A kangaroo, dog, rat mixed,” adding, “It’s got a rat tail and a head like a deer. I don’t know what it is.”

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