French: starfish; any of various marine echinoderms of the class Asteroidea, characteristically having a thick, often spiny body with five arms extending from a central disk. Also called asteroid, sea star.

Etymologyétoile (from Old French and Middle French estoile, from Latin stēlla, “star”) + de mer (“the sea”)

[Eiko Jones]

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Today is International Tiger Day! 

Tigers’ habitat is under threat from deforestation: there are only about 3,000 tigers left in the wild. Their homes are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations in Indonesia, coal in India and timber in Eastern Russia. So we’ve teamed up with some of the biggest cats on the internet to save the big cats in the wild. 
For International Tiger Day, the little cats are going to help to save the big cats!

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but imagine melkor when sauron joins him in the void:

"you were defeated by hobbits"

[sauron] …. “shut up”


palau’s jellyfish lake was once connected to the pacific ocean, but when the sea level dropped its population of jellyfish were left to thrive in the isolation of its algae rich waters. no longer needing to defend themselves from predators, the jellyfish lost their sting, allowing snorkelers to now swim with them as they make their daily 800 metre migration from one end of the lake to the other.

photos by (click pic) david kirkland, david doubilet, tomas kotoucjody macdonaldchean chong lim, eric changnadia aly and richard schneider  (see also: vancouver aquarium jellyfish)




in movies when kids sneak out through their windows and im just like why dont you have screens in your windows who doesnt have screens in their windows what do you just let bees and bugs and birds and shit fly into your room what the fuck

#literally just had to google that#apparently screens are widely used in Australia USA and Canada#in Europe we deal with stuff that comes through the window like a man(x)

this is why you guys had the black plague.

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"Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

"Despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.

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Naumann’s natural history of the birds of Germany on Flickr.

Publication info Leipzig :G. Fleischer,1820-1860.
BHL Collections:
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University

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Selections from Thomas P. Peschak’s photographic series about manta rays in the Maldives

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