Glow In The Dark – Little Creatures that Light Up The Night

Glow In The Dark – Little Creatures that Light Up The Night

Glow in The Dark – Little Creatures That Light up The Night.

In the forest, along coastlines, at the deepest parts of the sea and hidden away in the quiet of dark caves are creatures that light up the night.

A unique ability to luminesce.

Blessed with the ability to self illuminate – there is a plethora of fauna and fungi with the enviable ability to glow. Their secret is a special chemical called Luciferin that they produce inside of their bodies.

 

It Could Be Lights Out for our sacred fireflies.

Today the artificial light we are immersed in – be it from a screen or the city light haze – is distorting our perception of reality, disrupting our circadian rhythms and eroding our human relationships, blanketing out the night sky and putting very special nighttime critters at risk of extinction.

Light Pollution is Killing Us

Sadly unnatural light is affecting the lives of truly wonderful critters, fireflies and other luminous insects and organisms that are at risk of extinction because there is too much artificial light in the world.

Light of My Life

Fireflies and other magical little insects that hum and fluff about in the warm night breeze are the stuff of fairy tales and myrrh, their tales glowing green and yellow, pulsing to a secret beat in an effort to attract the love of their life are one such insect with the discreet and wonderful ability to self illuminate.

Galaxies of Grubbs

Grubbs in their millions that make artificial galaxies shroud the ceilings and walls of ancient caves, and hiding along the undersides of ancient trees and quietly decaying logs are delicate universes of glowing Mycena and oyster shaped mushrooms that luminesce green in the dark of night.

Watch the video

https://youtu.be/p4YPVJ-t-6Y

 

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Glow In The Dark – Below the Midnight Zone

Glow In The Dark – Below the Midnight Zone

Glow in The Dark – Below the Midnight Zone

The Midnight Zone is a place of eternal night. 3300ft below the ocean’s surface is where no light from the sky reaches, and the sea pressure is immense. Life still exists in the dark silent realm of the deep ocean, but it is not quite what you might expect it to be.

The Dark Night of Sea

There are places so dark on this planet that no light exists, places that are silent, secret and too far deep for humans to reach. In these eery places out of sight, live creatures and critters with features not quite what we are used to closer to the daylight. Alien bodies that hang about in the abyss with which tentacles of light extrude as cables reaching out into eternity, signalling to passers-by a possible place of refuge that will lead to a grizzly end.

Lovely Lights don’t always equal sweet.

Something is comforting and intriguing about the natural light emitted by fun and harmless looking things, liked wild fungi in the forest, glow worms in caves, and the universe of blue-lit phosphorescent plankton that turn the ocean into the sky along the coast of the Maldives.

But in the far depths of the ocean, where there is no natural light, there are critters and creatures not so sweet and cute that makes use of their lighting systems.

Watch the video to find out exactly what I mean …

The Film Below is Suitable for Kids 9+.

Some Supervision is recommended as there is biological information that may be too detailed for a younger audience.

Queen of the Night

There are places so dark on this planet that no light exists, where humans can not go, and living species that are far more curious and creepy than we ever expected to see bob and hang about, adrift in the aquatic night.

The Angle Fish is the ruler of the eternal darkness; her tensile illuminated lantern moves forward and back over a gauging mouth filled with nasty sharp teeth.

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Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

Natures Hidden Worlds – The Shy Spiders’ Garden

There are worlds of incredible beauty, colour and wonder hidden all around us, it just takes a curious mind to discover them. Miniature worlds full of living beings, that go unnoticed because we humans are too busy or have forgotten how and where to find them.

These little worlds are often found in the quietest of places, secretly tucked away from the busy world, loud noises and prowling predators like domestic cats and dogs.

Hidden in a hillside in a thin strip of native bush, I discovered one such world by accident.

The Shy Spiders’ Garden – A Short Story

There lives beneath a bloom of orange horseshoes, tucked away into the hillside, a trapdoor spider; The guardian to a miniature bush garden, filled with wild rocket and tiny, tiny bulbs of garlic and bush onions.
Every day that I visit, the once minute buds of orange grow bigger and brighter as the season of May moves forward. And the doorway to one shy spiders’ realm changes, weather depending. Sometimes the door is closed, sometimes not. When the rain comes, the door is woven shut with silk. Today it’s closed; rain is on the way.

First published in May 2021

What started as an expedition to discover what local spiders inhabited the Yarra Trail, has become a daily ritual of exploration, patience, imagination and learning.

This is the Shy Spiders’ Garden, a secret world that perhaps only I know about?
A world of miniature proportions that could and is – easily unnoticed by the usual passer-by.

 

 

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Facts on Frogs – Fun Kids Poster

Facts on Frogs – Fun Kids Poster

Facts on Frogs – Fun Kids Poster

Frogs are our distant relatives. Having lived on the earth for 250 million years, these adaptive vertebrates were the first to bridge land and lake and marked the beginning of animal evolution on land.

Frogs are an important emblem of nature; they represent the finite balance and health of the planet. Sensitive to toxins, climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and predation, the decline or extinction of frogs species indicates disease in all other areas of the biosphere.

The natural world and its abundance of rare and gorgeous creatures are fast becoming natural history. We are hurriedly trying to capitalise on the last remaining sanctuaries of rare creatures, plants, microbes, fungi, insects, reefs and wilderness  – documenting and synthesizing natures wonder market, where compounds and chemical used in pharmacy – are only now coming to attention as we lose time.

 

Will Frogs Outlive Us All?

Frogs have lived and thrived on mother earth for 250 million years, dwarfing the timeline of nearly everything else living in today’s biosphere – excluding dragonflies, sharks (450 million years), and cockroaches. With such a robust history of survival and the tenacity to thrive through millennia of changes, frogs everywhere are now going extinct.

A species of incredible endurance and mythological status, amphibians such as frogs, salamanders and lizards and crocodiles, outlived the dinosaurs, meteors and the ice ages to greet humanity onto the earth’s stage some short time ago.

Frogs and toads are incredible little creatures, their diversity and habitats just as broad. Frogs live on every continent except Antarctica and live in almost all environments, including arid deserts with no water and in places that turn to ice in the winter.

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The Worlds only Flying Mammals – Bat Facts for Kids

The Worlds only Flying Mammals – Bat Facts for Kids

The Worlds only Flying Mammals – Bat Facts for Kids

Bats live almost everywhere on earth, except the Arctic and Antarctica.

There are 1300 species of bats, and only three of the species are Vampire Bats. So yes, Vampire Bats are real, but they are also tiny and not interested in drinking human blood.

Australians, we have an incredible catalogue of bat species, and many of them adorable and curious to look at. My favourite could be the ‘Eastern Tube-nosed Bat from Queensland. They have gorgeous yellowish specs of colour on their bodies – check out the link to learn more on Australian Bats.

https://australian.museum/learn/animals/bats/eastern-tube-nosed-bat/

 

Bats are significant to the health and balance of all-natural ecosystems. For example, bats are pollinators, and we rely on them for many of the fruits we eat. A single bat can eat up to 3000 small flying insects in an hour. Bats keep our flying insect populations in check; imagine if there were no bats?

Bats do carry diseases, so be very careful not to handle a wild bat without supervision.
Although very rare – bats can give you Rabies, it is important to be careful not to be scratched or bitten by a wild bat.

 

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Hermit Crabs – No More Plastic

Hermit Crabs – No More Plastic

They may look like crabs, but are they?

Hermit crabs are not really like other crabs, sure they look similar, but there are some pretty big differences. Hermit crabs don’t have a hard outer shell covering their whole body. Only the front end has the hard shell of a crustacean, the other half of their body, which is curled inside an acquired home, is soft, squishy and curled to one side.

Hermit Crabs aren’t really hermits at all, and they aren’t exactly crabs either?. Rather than living in solidarity and hiding out in the dark corners of a lonely rock pool, Hermit crabs are incredibly social. They live together in large family groups, swapping shells, sharing tidal pools and fighting over food.

Dressed to Impress

Dressed to impress, hermit crabs share their spacious abode with a garden of friends. Stacked atop their spiralled homes are sea anemones, strange collectables, shells and sometimes human recyclables.

To protect their bodies from the hot sun, hungry birds and octopus, the hermit crab needs to find shelter in the discarded shells of sea snails. Hermit Crabs don’t grow their own shells and need to find new ones as they grow bigger.

If there aren’t enough shells to go around, the hermit crab will find an alternative, and sometimes that could mean recycling human rubbish and popping on a tin can or a plastic cup until a better housing alternative is available.

It may look cute and quirky to see a little crab wearing human garbage, but truthfully the trash we put in the oceans impacts the crabs negatively. Plastics in the sea and everywhere for that matter increase ocean acidification, which means that the ocean becomes toxic, and animals that grow shells like crabs and sea snails, cuttlefish and lobster, won’t be able to anymore and will die.

Hermit crabs choose alternative options with fewer shells available, and this could be anything from a plastic cup to a tin can. Plastic micro-particles in seawater interfere with the hermit’s ability to make decisions when choosing the right sized shell and changes their motor function, meaning they can’t move properly anymore. It’s as if they have a brain injury.

It means they can die from starvation. They can’t move their bodies properly and get eaten by predators because they don’t have the right shell to protect them.

Say ‘no’ to Plastics

Hermit crabs are sensitive social little beings. They live a really long time, as long as 40 years in the wild. There are over 800 species of hermit crab, and they live in coastal areas across the world.
To make sure these cute little guys stick around on our gorgeous planet earth we need to make better choices when it comes to what we buy and how it is packaged.
Plastics are forever, the more we create, the more that ends up in our oceans, our drinking water and our food.
Choose products in the supermarket that have bio-degradable packets, use garbage bags that are compost friendly, and do not buy water in a plastic bottle.
Just a few small changes make a world of good!

Link and Resources

More on Ocean Acidification
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/acidification.html

What is a Hermit Crab
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/hermit-crabs

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

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