These water snakes (Natrix tessellata) are thought to be highly poisonous, but in fact they are absolutely harmless. However they are deprived of a distinctive feature of the most innocuous snakes – yellow-orange spots in the rear part of their heads which an ordinary grass snake.
The 80-year-old Amoo Hadji who lives in the village of Dezhgah (city of Farashband in Fars province of Iran), has not showered for almost 60 years. Amoo Hadji lives the most primitive life. His most valuable possession seems to be a three-inch steel pipe which he uses to smoke animal dung with.
No line, rod, hook nor bait are needed in this time-honoured and mutual union between man and bird. Instead, the practice involves sending trained cormorants into the water to catch fish and bring them back alive for the fisherman’s net.
Norwegian photographer Harald Albrigtsen was capturing images of the northern lights over Norway when he experienced something incredible — and totally unexpected. He was filming a video for Norwegian public television (NRK) when the process was interrupted by two humpback whales swimming beneath the lights. Some people might be disturbed by such an unscheduled interruption, […]
Corvids are a family of birds that includes crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. They are considered among the most intelligent of all animals—having demonstrated self-awareness in mirror tests (European Magpies) and tool making ability (crows, rooks)—skills until recently regarded as solely the province of humans and a few other higher […]
When you hear birds chirping in the springtime, it’s safe to say that they’re calling out to potential mates. Because it’s such an ordinary sound, it probably doesn’t occur to you that it could be the last time that bird’s call is ever heard. While it’s a far-fetched idea, that was the thought going through […]