Thousands of little blue penguins—the world's smallest penguin species—are washing up dead on the beaches of New Zealand's northeast coast, in a mass death event that occurs every two decades or so. Since the beginning of the year, there have been frequent reports of dead penguin sightings on New Zealand's beaches. The last such event happened in 1998, meaning the latest occurrence is on schedule, but it is unusual because of its size, website Stuff.nz reported Graeme Taylor, a penguin expert at New Zealand's Department of Conservation, blamed the El Niño weather pattern, which hit in the middle of a successful breeding season. This warmed the water, he said, pushing the ocean's cooler currents carrying the penguin's food supply deeper below, making it harder for the birds to eat, especially the plentiful young. Auckland Zoo reported five times the number of little blue penguins coming in for treatment compared to normal. It urged members of the public not to pick up unwell … [Read more...] about Thousands of little blue penguins are washing up dead on beaches
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Alligators have been inhabiting our planet for millions of years and, together with crocodiles, are considered to be the closest living relatives of dinosaurs. American alligators can be found mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. They reside in freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps and marshes. Here are eight astonishing facts you should know about alligators. Alligator Eyes Glow in the Dark Like cats, alligators have a tapetum lucidum at the back of each eye. It is a reflective layer behind the retina, which increases the amount of light for night vision in many nocturnal vertebrates. The colour of eyeshine changes from species to species and is red in alligators. A great way to locate the reptiles on a dark night. Alligators Can Have 3,000 Teeth in Their lives Alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at a time which are replaced once worn down. This means an alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime, according to Smithsonian's National … [Read more...] about 8 Astonishing facts to know about alligators
LOS ANGELES — At a time when wellness is at the forefront of many people’s minds, crystal, rock crystal and gemstone jewelry has been experiencing a renaissance. During anxious times, “we look to what has great symbolizing and healing powers,” said Rebecca Selva, chief creative officer at Fred Leighton and Kwiat, “what for centuries and since ancient times was thought to have certain qualities of healing, grounding and positivity.” And several jewelry designers and makers say they are seeing the results. “We’re exploding at the seams” when it comes to sales, said Jacquie Aiche , the Los Angeles-based fine jewelry designer. Although Ms. Aiche has been incorporating crystals into her jewelry since the introduction of her namesake brand in 2003, she said sales of her crystal pieces more than doubled in the first half of 2020, “then plateaued at the spike and is still holding.” (The company is privately owned; Ms. Aiche won’t reveal revenues, but her crystal pieces range from … [Read more...] about Why the Renewed Interest in Crystals? The Pandemic.