Summer Nature Connection – On Land and In Sea

Late spring/early summer is a busy time in nature! Growth is all around us in the plant world, and God’s creatures are giving birth to their young, and busily living during that time of year (in the northern hemisphere, at least) when life is the most comfortable.

Check it out!

MidnightBoost – Often found near islands in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, spinner dolphins gather in pods of 200 to 1,000 members. After a nocturnal meal of shrimp, fish and squid, they burst into their trademark spinning jumps and aerial maneuvers.

GrowthExplosion — Although only the size of a grain of rice when hatched, the giant Pacific octopus is the largest cephalopod, with a record size of 600 pounds and 30 feet across.

CoralThorn — Found in shallow waters of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, the Barbour’s seahorse attaches itself to hard corals and uses its striped snout to feed on plankton. It employs sharp spines protruding from its crown, nose, cheeks, and tail for protection.

HotTempered — The white-tailed jackrabbit or “prairie hare” disperses heat through its large ears and conserves water by discharging dry feces. This nocturnal mammal can also invoke hyperthemia by increasing internal temperatures to 105.8 degrees!

LitheLizard — The ordinarily sedentary male zebra-tailed lizard will perform push-ups and head bobs in an open area in an effort to attract females. This athletic reptile can reach bursts of speed up to 23.7 feet per second.

FastFlirt — When courting, the male roadrunner chases the female on foot. During a resting break, he might offer a food bribe of a lizard, snake or rodent as proof of his hunting skills.

(The above information was pulled from Chris Hardman’s Ecological Calendar 2013, www.ecocalendar.info )

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