THE BUOYANCY OF BONE
Cuttlefish have one of the largest brain-to-body size ratios of all invertebrates and are known to change colour rapidly to achieve a hypnotic effect to stun prey, which they then paralyse with venom before consuming. They possess an internal structure called the cuttlebone. This porous structure provides the cuttlefish with buoyancy, which the cuttlefish regulates by changing the gas-to-liquid ratio in the chambered cuttlebone. Each species' cuttlebone has a distinct shape, size, and particular pattern of ridges.
Innovators pioneered the ridged potato chip, which was first computer modelled, and then 3-D printed to create optimal potato chip prototypes.
By making chips with a corrugation pattern, the idea was to give consumers a more three-dimensional experience to up sales, and this type of chip is now consumed in more than 20 countries around the world.
CAPTIVITAS (capti - vitas. the capturing of life)
BOOMSLANG video 23 secs (Genoa, 14/4/2018 17:41:48)
The Boomslang (meaning tree-snake) is a timid snake, and bites generally occur only when people attempt to handle, catch, or kill the animal. When confronted and cornered, it inflates its neck and assumes an "S"-shaped striking pose, able to open its jaws up to 170°. The slow-acting venom gives victims a false reassurance, but without antivenom the coagulation process will slowly be disabled causing hemorrhaging into the muscle and brain, and finally death.
SPIRITO COLUMBIDAE video 32 secs (Naples 29/12/2019 08:19:09)
Many religious groups feed pigeons - some to ceremoniously honour their high priest, others because they believe that when they are reincarnated they will never go hungry if they have fed pigeons in their previous life. Other religious groups believe that when a person dies his or her soul assumes the form of a pigeon and therefore by feeding pigeons they are caring for the souls of their departed ancestors.
SNAKELOCKS PORPORA video 18 secs (Genoa 14/4/2018 17:36:58)
Snakelocks Anemones’ long, wavy, snake-like tentacles are home to a photosynthetic algae which produces energy from sunlight, and in addition to this energy they use their long stinging tentacles to capture prey. The species is widely consumed by humans in southwestern Spain, as ortiguillas de mar (literally, "little sea nettles"). The whole animal is marinated in vinegar, coated in a tempura-like batter, and deep-fried in olive oil.
BELUGA GRIGIA video 27 secs (Genoa 14/4/2018 17:38:43)
The Sturgeons’ evolution dates back to the Triassic some 245 to 208 million years ago. Sturgeons have been referred to as "primitive fishes" because their morphological characteristics have remained relatively unchanged since the earliest fossil record. Most species of sturgeon are considered to be at risk of extinction, making them more critically endangered than any other group of species, and caviar-producing sturgeons are among the most valuable of all wildlife resources.
NEPHILA ORB-WEAVER video 20 secs (Melbourne 29/1/2019 08:59:56)
The genus name Nephila is derived from Ancient Greek, meaning "fond of spinning". The capacity of orb webs to absorb the impact of flying prey has led orb weaving spiders to become the dominant predators of aerial insects. The Golden Orb weaver - Nephila plumipes is a species of spider found in Australia, Indonesia and some Pacific Islands, which exhibits extreme sexual dimorphism.