Rodeado de otros invertebrados y algas, bien adherido a una roca en la franja intermareal de la costa limeña avanza lentamente un quitón. Cuando siente las primeras gotas del aumento de marea, este animal comienza a desplazarse en busca de alimento. Los quitones pertenecen a la clase Polyplacophora, del phylum Molusca, caracterizados por una concha compuesta de 8 placas, algunas especies poseen espinas en el cinturón de manto que rodea esas placas, como la de esta foto.
Campo de Zoología - Ancón
A couple of years ago I took this picture of (possibly) a Western honeybee (A. meliffera) extracting nectar from a lavender (genus Lavandula). Honeybees belong to the order Hymenoptera along with ants, wasps, and sawflies. Honeybees live in highly sophisticated social colonies where they exhibit a communicative behavior than can be described as "dances"; signaling foraging locations and their distance from the hive.
Elephants. We all love them. These creatures are the epitome of intelligent life outside of our own species. We know they're intelligent and we know they're sentient. Elephants even express sadness and empathy as they morn for their dead in an 'elephant funeral', so to speak. They also have greeting ceremonies when an elephant returns to their herd after a long trip. The African Elephant is the largest land mammal on Earth, the Asian elephant falling close behind. However, these enormous creatures are under the threat of extinction. Poachers and hunters have degraded the African elephants down to only around 600,000. Asian elephants are more seriously threatened with just around 35,000 left. The ivory their trunks are made out of is hunted for cultural and economic purposes, even though many countries in Africa can punish poachers by law. Arguably, these are the most compassionate creatures on planet Earth; however, on the course we're on, they'll eventually become extinct.