Plants have evolved some unique ways to survive and prosper in every corner of the globe. Some give off horrible stenches to attract bugs to them so that they can pollinate it, like the corpse flower. Then there are those that are carnivorous and feast on insects, such as the Venus fly trap and pitcher plants. And now we can add plants that explode to the list, as the Smithsonian Channel has uploaded a video featuring this fascinating natural phenomenon. It may sound violent and harmful but the plants have a very good reason for developing the explosive tactics.
The plants shown in the video have evolved the tactic in order to disperse their seeds as far as away as possible from the mother plant. By dispersing seeds in this manner the plants can spread them anywhere from less than a foot away all the way up to 200 feet. That way the plants don’t have to rely on animals to eat them and spread the seeds by expelling them in their droppings. It also eliminates the need for the seeds to be light enough to travel and disperse by the wind, which is what many plant rely on to help scatter them far and wide.
The Smithsonian footage shows three different plants exploding, including violets, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers. The violet pods slowly dry out and shrivel up which causes the shrinking pods to squeeze the seeds until the pressure becomes too great and they burst open. That is when the seeds launch through the air and away from the plant. Touch me nots are similar in that they build up immense pressure until the slightest disturbance sets them off like a firework. Even a tiny droplet of water falling onto one can be just enough of a contact that makes them explode. Finally, the coolest and craziest plant in the video is the squirting cucumber. When it becomes ripe it can be set off by the slightest vibration or disturbance. As the cucumber falls away from the plant it forcefully spurts out a steady stream of seeds and liquid. This ensures that all of the seeds get randomly spread out all around and away from the mother plant, and the next generation lives on.
The awesome spectacle is neat to see, especially in slow motion. People like to say that mother nature always puts on a good show and that adage rings true here.
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King cobras have earned their fearsome reputation as a deadly snake whose bite contains enough venom to kill a man. In some cases, people have died less than thirty minutes after being bitten, and those who survive have reported that it’s extremely painful to endure. Even more astounding is the fact that their bite is capable of killing elephants in just a few hours. While king cobras usually prefer to avoid humans, contact with them is inevitable, as they can be found all across India and Southeast Asia.
One small, scrappy little mammal that has no fear of the deadly king cobra is the mongoose. They are very clever and are well known for their ability to fight snakes, particularly cobras, often winning and then eating them. Some species of mongoose are resistant to the neurotoxins found in snake venom which makes then a natural predator to the snakes, and explains this video.
In the short clip a king cobra has found a sunny spot to bask in on a warm paved road. The slinky snake has stopped traffic and people eagerly break out their cameras to film the deadly snake. Thankfully, in India they are protected and anyone found guilty of killing one can be sentenced up to 6 years in prison, so no one would dare run it over so publicly. But that doesn’t mean the snakes out of danger because nearby its fiercest enemy lurks. A mongoose spots the snake, sees dinner, and advances towards it with no hesitation. The two battle each other, with the snake striking multiple times and the fast mongoose dodging and weaving his way around the assault. It soon ends and the mongoose emerges as the victor, carrying his cobra off the road with him so he can eat it in privacy.
I would never have thought the mongoose would win, or even be so brave. I guess a little knowledge goes a long way, and hope you learned as much as I did.
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Seahorses are some of the most majestic and magical creatures on earth. Like many animals during different parts of the year they go through some major behavioral changes. When the changes start happening to the male seahorses you know one thing is about to happen. The males are getting ready to give BIRTH! Yes you read that right, male seahorses are the ones who give birth to their young.
The male seahorses store the eggs and then eventually give birth to anywhere from 100-1000 baby seahorses! While watching the video below you will see the males start to breathe fast and heavy. Then his colors begin to transform. Finally the contractions begin, and the seahorse begins shooting baby seahorses out of his stomach!
Nature never ceases to amaze me. This incredible clip below made my day. Enjoy!
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Fish are not known for showing affection or interacting with people on a playful level. Yet that is exactly what one Flowerhorn fish appeared to be doing in a video uploaded on the Love Your Animals! YouTube channel. They wrote that these types of fish are affectionate to those who feed them but really mean to strangers.
Going off of that information, it is likely the man in this video often fed this fish and knew him well. The unlikely duo play around in the unique clip that has baffled so many. The guy is able to gently stroke and pet the fish for awhile before he picks it up and gently tosses it. After plopping back into the water the fish swims straight back to the man’s hands for more fun. They go back and forth as if they were playing some sort of game. It is a strange sight but really neat and insightful to see. It’d be so awesome to have a pet fish that you could actually play with and connect with on a deeper level. The guy seems to really enjoy playing with the Flowerhorn fish and vice versa.
These types of fish are admired for their protruding heads that are said to enhance an owner’s feng-shui. The hump on their head is thought to symbolize prosperity, luck and longevity. The bigger the hump the better the luck. It looks like the fish’s head is quite large in the video, so this guy must have some real good fortune!
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So it seems that it is not only the human species that enjoy the effects of alcohol. This most entertaining video shows the behavior of several wild species in the African jungle eating the rotting marula fruit that they come upon in their journey.
They ravenously indulge in this fruit. The monkeys, giraffes, elephants, and many others devour the fruit which then ferments as they digest. They soon literally are all drunk and the hilarity ensues. The narration adds to their incredible antics.
As if the drunk animals in action weren’t funny enough, watch as they struggle with their morning after hangovers! Really one of the most enjoyable animal videos I’ve seen in ages. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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It takes a special type of person to become a storm chaser. Storm chasing is defined as going on pursuit of any dangerous and severe weather condition. It doesn’t matter what your motives are, whether it be adventure, scientific, news coverage, or just plain curiosity.
In the footage below a man has been chasing storms all year across America. He pieced all the footage into a stunning time lapse video with is bone-chillingly beautiful. Nature is so incredible. Enjoy!
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