Beyond the Briar

Zoology has been an avid hobby of mine since I was a young girl, and, in all my years of amateur studies, there is always more to learn. So, prepare yourself for some of the strangest animals, perhaps some of the ugliest, and some animals you'll point to and say, "I know that one!" I hope you enjoy, and I hope you pass along the word. -Bethany Briar

A weedy seadragon lurks off of the coast of Australia… This is one of the largest seahorses. This creature is excellently camouflaged, feeding on plankton and surfing just above the seaweed. Probably the only thing keeping this creature from being almost impossible to spot is there slight yellow markings that set them apart.

A weedy seadragon lurks off of the coast of Australia… This is one of the largest seahorses. This creature is excellently camouflaged, feeding on plankton and surfing just above the seaweed. Probably the only thing keeping this creature from being almost impossible to spot is there slight yellow markings that set them apart.

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— 3 years ago with 4 notes
#Weedy Seadragon  #seahorse  #Australia  #Beaches  #Ocean  #Wildlife  #Nature  #Science  #Animals  #Biology  #Zoology  #Oceanography  #Photography  #photograph 
This Spider-Hunting Wasp has apparently found a nice big spider. Using their strong venom, female Spider-Hunting Wasps paralyze spiders, drag them to their nests in the mud and lay a single egg on the dead spider before sealing the nest - somewhat like a fly, but evil…

This Spider-Hunting Wasp has apparently found a nice big spider. Using their strong venom, female Spider-Hunting Wasps paralyze spiders, drag them to their nests in the mud and lay a single egg on the dead spider before sealing the nest - somewhat like a fly, but evil…

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— 3 years ago with 4 notes
#Spider  #Wasp  #Spider hunting wasp  #Nature  #VIOLENCE  #Science  #Zoology  #Biology  #Animals  #Invertebrate  #Photography 
They almost look like works of art, don’t they?

They almost look like works of art, don’t they?

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— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#Caracal  #Animal  #Feline  #Cat  #Science  #Nature  #Zoology  #Biology  #Photography  #Photograph  #Kittens  #Cubs 
And now for something cute and cuddly - and, by cute and cuddly, I mean it would probably tear your face off… No worries, though! This one is already chewing on it’s paw…
Caracals can be found in most of Africa and a small portion of S. Asia. As you can see, the Caracal stands out with it’s very long, almost mythic, tuffed ears, and it’s Puma-like face. The Caracal is approximately 23 inches in length, with a tail that is around 10 inches, not much more than an average house cat.
Preying on birds and small mammals, the Caracal has been known to jump 10 ft in the air! Yes, that isn’t a typo! -Take that, Shaq… For such a small animal, only two feet long, that is quite impressive!

And now for something cute and cuddly - and, by cute and cuddly, I mean it would probably tear your face off… No worries, though! This one is already chewing on it’s paw…

Caracals can be found in most of Africa and a small portion of S. Asia. As you can see, the Caracal stands out with it’s very long, almost mythic, tuffed ears, and it’s Puma-like face. The Caracal is approximately 23 inches in length, with a tail that is around 10 inches, not much more than an average house cat.

Preying on birds and small mammals, the Caracal has been known to jump 10 ft in the air! Yes, that isn’t a typo! -Take that, Shaq… For such a small animal, only two feet long, that is quite impressive!

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— 3 years ago with 3 notes
#Caracal  #Animal  #Animals  #Cat  #Cats  #Feline  #Felines  #Nature  #Science  #Biology  #Zoology  #Pictures  #Picture  #Photography  #Photograph 
No, this is not Steven Tyler… But, it is a Sun Bear! Ironically, this bear is nocturnal. This bear likes to lazily lounge about the tree tops, and slightly resembled a disguntled pitbull -  you may even know it as the Dog Bear. Like all bears, this one is an omnivore, and that long (up to 10 inches) is used to extract bugs and honey from trees, etc.. You may find it in Asia, but, personally, I’d be a little afraid to look up! I’m only kidding, of course…

No, this is not Steven Tyler… But, it is a Sun Bear! Ironically, this bear is nocturnal. This bear likes to lazily lounge about the tree tops, and slightly resembled a disguntled pitbull -  you may even know it as the Dog Bear. Like all bears, this one is an omnivore, and that long (up to 10 inches) is used to extract bugs and honey from trees, etc.. You may find it in Asia, but, personally, I’d be a little afraid to look up! I’m only kidding, of course…

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— 3 years ago with 1 note
#Sun Bear  #Dog Bear  #Bear  #Nature  #Science  #Biology  #Zoology  #Animal  #Animals  #Photograpy  #Photograph  #Picture 
This bad boy puts a whole new meaning to needle point! This is a Gharial crocodile. They feed primarily on fish - thank goodness- and, in comparison with their other crocadilian family, have weak legs and are rarrely found on land except to bask in the sunlight or gaurd their many eggs. They can lay up to 50 eggs, but they are very endangered, barely coming back from the brink of extinction in the ‘70’s in Asia.

This bad boy puts a whole new meaning to needle point! This is a Gharial crocodile. They feed primarily on fish - thank goodness- and, in comparison with their other crocadilian family, have weak legs and are rarrely found on land except to bask in the sunlight or gaurd their many eggs. They can lay up to 50 eggs, but they are very endangered, barely coming back from the brink of extinction in the ‘70’s in Asia.

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— 3 years ago with 5 notes
#Crocodile  #Reptile  #Gharial  #Nature  #Science  #Zoology  #Biology  #photography  #Pictures  #picture  #animal  #animals 
This bird is native around the Arctic. It is the smallest in the Atlantic and only weighs approx. 5-6 ounces. This Dovekie is a member of the Auk family, which are birds similar to Penguins, who dive for their food under water. The Dovekie uses his/her stubby wings to swwim, and it feeds mostly on plankton -hence the smaller bill.

This bird is native around the Arctic. It is the smallest in the Atlantic and only weighs approx. 5-6 ounces. This Dovekie is a member of the Auk family, which are birds similar to Penguins, who dive for their food under water. The Dovekie uses his/her stubby wings to swwim, and it feeds mostly on plankton -hence the smaller bill.

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— 3 years ago with 38 notes
#Dovekie  #Arctic  #Nature  #Science  #oology  #Biology  #Photography  #Pictures  #Picture  #Bird  #Birds  #Exotic Birds  #Auk