Featured in the fantastic slow motion above, many evolutionary advantages contribute to the cheetah’s ability to rev from zero to sixty in under three seconds. Just what are those, you ask? The cheetah is endowed with semi-retractable claws for extra grip, enlarged nostrils and–somewhat like Lance Armstrong minus the steroids–a heart and lungs that allow for more oxygen intake to fuel its high-speed endeavors. Incredibly, the cheetah is said to take a whopping 60-150 breaths per minute in a typical chase.
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Featured above, Carl Akeley’s life is something from a Robert Louis Stevenson novel. A true survivor, neither the simultaneous charge of three rhinoceros into Akeley’s body nor an elephant’s stomping onto his chest cavity led Akeley to the pearly gates. Rather, it was his fascination with nature that led him to pioneer taxidermy as well as major facets of the conservation movement. Regarding the leopard, when attacked by his spotted foe Akeley punched it in the esophagus from the inside…and killed it.
Bizarre Ocean Creatures: The Hatchetfish
Given the extreme depths to which scientists must go to find these frightful–and tiny–fish, little is known about the hatchetfish. A prime source of worldwide model envy, the morose-looking creatures derive their name from how razor-thin they are, no extreme dieting required.
Anatomically speaking, the hatchetfish’s silver-colored thorax resembles a hatchet’s blade. Its name is somewhat deceiving, though; measuring a mere one to five inches in length, the hatchetfish is hardly imposing, let alone deadly. It’s just, well, pretty terrifying to look at.
The marine hatchetfish is endowed with bioluminescent properties, which allow it to evade predators lurking in the depths below. If you absolutely must see one for yourself, you’ll need to slip on your scuba gear and head to the Pacific, Indian or Atlantic Oceans and swim at least 50 meters below the oceans’ surface, as that’s where the hatchetfish calls home.
Aptly known as the spook fish, this translucent ocean dweller’s telescope-like eyes face directly upward to keep an eye on potential prey. To enhance its vision, the barreleye’s head is completely transparent, so as to allow its eyes to collect even more incident light and aid in its collection of food. Pretty cool!
No, 60 isn’t a number representing the amount of teeth this shark has in one row; it’s the staggering amount of miles it can swim in one hour. Meet the mako shark.
Sharks are equal parts terrifying, mysterious and incredible. With around 400 shark species existing in the world today, each has its own aesthetic, hunting techniques and temperament. Here are seven of the world’s coolest shark species:
Growing to more than 40 feet in length, whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world. Despite their size, whale sharks prefer to feed on plankton, not people. Whale sharks also catch small fish and other animals by swimming with their mouth wide open. In a mechanism called “cross-flow filtration,” the shark uses its jaws to filter what enters into its mouth.