5 Newly Discovered Earth and Sea Creatures

You all know we love animals around here and we’ve been talking about them for quite some time, especially when news about new species or bizarre animal happenings reach our news feed. Not a long time ago, we presented you with some wild beasts that you wouldn’t want as pets, and as time goes by, scientists and researchers discover that we are still not completely aware of the full fauna that surrounds us. According to recent reports emitted by Live Science researchers,

Science has identified some 2 million species of plants, animals and microbes on Earth, but scientists estimated there are millions more left to discover, and new species are constantly discovered and described

And it seems to be true, as even if we are talking about cryptic species or animals that are rare and dwell in some parts of the world we still don’t know much about yet (although you might think that by 2014 we reached the farthest and the most obscures corners of the planet), countless data shows that Earth (and especially Earth’s mysterious oceans) still have some secrets to reveal. Today we will look at five newly discovered Earth and sea creatures and ponder once again on the futility of looking for life in outer space, when here, back home, we are still not sure who are our co – inhabitants.

5. The Leaf Patterned Toad

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There’s no wonder this cute little toad was discovered so late, as it is one with nature, so to speak. It was so well camouflaged and looks so well with a handful of leaves that it took scientists quite some time to find it in Peru’s forest floors. The Peruvian Andes might still have some mysteries left to be discovered and while the entire country is a cradle of ancient culture and history begging for further exploring, here we have this new toad to amaze us with its looks.

4. The Chocolate Frog

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Or the Cocoa Frog, as now mentioned in recent reports, this tiny fella belongs to the newly discovered Earth and sea creatures list, with the adagio that it wasn’t found alone, but among another 60 species of animals which might be quite new for the eyes of science. Researchers took a trip to South American country of Suriname and came back with mind blowing data involving potentially new snakes, fish and frogs that are yet to be studies closer.

3. The cave dwelling skeleton shrimp

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The aquatic life of California is amazing enough as it is, let alone getting richer with a new inhabitant. This skeleton shrimp actually looks like a skeleton and is a translucent underwater cave creature that travels like an inchworm. In all truth, they are not actually shrimp, but crustaceans nonetheless and even you can see them exhibited in museums, who knows what else is there in the Californian waters?

2. Newly discovered humpback dolphins

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Australia is an amazing place to study wildlife and even if it hosts some of the most dangerous animals on the planet, scientists seem to have moved there entirely, as new species are found on a yearly basis. These humpback dolphins are a completely new breed of sea dwellers found on the northern coasts of Australia and if you read the news, you will find out that the Lost World has still some creatures to reveal to us, both on land and deep in the sea.

1. The walking shark

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Now don;t thing this is some of Cthulhu’s offspring or some sort of Jaws mutated enough to walk casually down the beach and eat you alive. This sea creature was found in Indonesian waters and all the walking it does is represented by the fact that is actually is able to walk on the water floor by

wriggling its body and pushing with its pelvic and pectoral fins

…so there is no need to panic

Newly discovered Earth and sea creatures are amazing not only because they exist, but because they managed to stay away from our inquisitive and studious nature. And imagine, if these ones could actually be found and analyzed, what and where are the others, as they have to be around somewhere… Alien life? That’s a big joke compared to Earth’s wild inhabitants…

10 Furniture Ideas for Pets and Their Loving Masters

Even if you are a pet owner, chances are that you nave never considered how you’re pet will like improvements that you will bring to the home, or how it will fit in there. On the other hand, investing in furniture exclusively for your cat, dog, guinea pig, rabbit, tiny monkey or whatever you have running around the house might be a bit too much.

This is exactly why we have decided to compile a great list with Furniture ideas for pets and their loving masters. Most of them serve dual purposes, and create a perfect environment for the pet and owner to bond, or simply a comfortable retread for the furry friend to chill in. Most of the following examples of furniture work with the help of simple enhancements and functions. Let’s have a look, shall we?

1. Pet and Person Rocking Chair

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Number one on our furniture ideas for pets list is the rocking chair. This rocking chair is ideal for both owner and animal. There is a neat place tucked away beneath it, where your pet can relax, without disturbing you. You can both rock in it together!

2. Cat Tunnel Sofa

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This is definitely one of the most inventive furniture pieces that we have found. The “tunnel” supports the back, and also creates an interesting toy for your cat. And we all know how much kitties like to explore.

Designed by Seungji Mun

3. Coffee Table Hammoch

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The coffee Table Hammock looks great, which makes it an excellent choice for the living room, and it can comfortably fit a kitty, without having to deal with the annoying hair that falls off.

4. Planter/Animal Home

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Have you ever wished to take care of plants? Now you can do it, while also tending to your pet’s needs. The Planter/Animal home is basically a typical flower pot which is also a home for your animal. Its sleek and elegant design will make it a great fit for any interior.

Designed by Jardin Chic

5. Kitchen Dog Bowls

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If there is one thing I hate about dogs, it is the fact that they always spill their bowls, and make a mess in the house. The Kitchen Dog bowls design will not only save you from this trouble, but also incorporate a much needed function, with the help of an inventive solution.

6. Cat-Friendly Modular Bookshelf

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This cat-friendly Modular Bookshelf looks amazing, it is fully functional, and it can also help entertain your kitty, without having to make many concessions. Don’t these kitties look absolutely adorable?

Designed by Corentin Dombrecht

7. Dog House Sofa

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Out of furniture ideas for pets? Here’s a good one: If you own a dog, you probably already know that wherever you go, he/she goes. So instead of having them dirty your sofa, why not prepare a spot for them, at your right side? The dog house Sofa looks great, and it is extremely useful.

8. Cat Transit System

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If you are into steam-punk design, you will definitely love this Cat Transit System. The entire room was designed by Because we Can and it is basically a Mad Scientist’s Home Workshop, that also incorporates a transit system for your cat.

Designed by becausewecan.org

9. Pipeline Fish Tank

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You didn’t think we would forget about fish, did you? The Pipeline Fish Tank is definitely te coolest fish tank you will ever see. You can install it over a home-bar, in the living room, or at the entrance of the kitchen, for example.

Image credits: The Contaminated

10. Bedside Table/Dog House

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The last furniture idea for pets on our list is the Bedside Table/Dog House. Cats will probably not like it very much, as they prefer to sleep on weird surfaces rather than soft ones, but dogs will definitely love to not only sleep on a soft bed, but also to be as close to his master as possible.

We hope you liked these ideas, and if there are any other furniture ideas for pets that you have found, feel free to share them with us.

5 Sea Creatures Weirder Than The Florida Mermaid

The media was ravished earlier this year by the video / footage of the “thing” that became known as “The Florida Mermaid”, a creature so legendary and so looked everywhere, some people thought it would be wise to turn it into a viral hoax. That it is a hoax, nobody doubted for a second (oh well, maybe for a few days, until the truth became obvious to everybody), but the point is: why elaborating on such a prank, when this world’s waters are still full of sea creatures weirder than the Floria Mermaid and, above all, real?

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Humans’ imagination was always stirred by the supernatural, the unknown and the mysterious, especially when myths can become so palpable, we can see them with our own eyes, but until we can get our hands on a real manticore, a cockatrice or take live footage of the Kraken (not to mention an interview with Chtulhu), let’s take a look at what nature, in its generosity, offered us to our full amazement. Today we will remember five sea creatures weirder than the Floria Mermaid and stranger than fiction itself.

5. The Blobfish

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Also called in a few instances “The Fish from Hell”, this poor bastard is not only incredibly ugly, but now on the verge of extinction. While nobody cares to actually catch it, as it isn’t edible, it has the misfortune of living in the same waters and depths with other interesting sea creatures which are edible. Since it can’t swim normally, as it represents merely a gelatinous mass which floats, it is quite often caught together with its delicious buddies, the lobster and the crab.

4. The Firefly Squid

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Instead of hunting for Ariel in the oceans at night, imagine seeing this little fellow glowing more spectacularly than your own Christmas Tree. It glows beautifully and when mating season comes, these sea beings put on a light show that would make Las Vegas look like a child playing with a flashlight. Among the most fascinating sea creatures weirder than the Florida Mermaid, the firefly squid, as tiny as it is, is a delight for everybody who has the chance of seeing it.

3. The Tassled Scorpionfish

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Well, it is still far away from being categorized as a Stephen King nightmare lobstrosity, but if you look at this guy, you will realize all mermaids pale in comparison. It is venomous, carnivorous and that face alone can give you the chills. A lady-fish with hair is twice less interesting than this killer in the sea.

2. The Japanese Giant Spider Crab

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This is the Godzilla of crabs, you know, those little creatures with many legs you order in your favorite sea-food restaurant, but try imagining how it would be to bump into one of these mutant – like sea dwellers. It has the body the size of a basketball and eight legs with a leg-span of up to 13 feet. One of the scariest sea creatures weirder than the Florida mermaid, this badass looking crab would inspire H.P. Lovecraft if he were alive today. Fortunately for everybody, it is less dangerous than it looks.

1. The Box Fish

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Think about it for a second and admit frankly: when you are talking about fishes, generally, their elongated, dynamic shape is the first one that comes to your mind. Of course, some of them are rounder and puffer, but try imagining walking down the beach and seeing a cubic fish. Yes, one that is shaped like a cardboard box. This little oddity can be seen in Indonesia, and the Florida Mermaid has nothing on them, as when younger, the box fish come in colored shades, while the adult versions start displaying a blue – gray nuance that looks spectacular.

Do you want more sea creatures weirder than the Florida Mermaid? Check out specialized magazines and journals, deep – sea explorations’ results, documentaries and testimonials. You will realize that it is more amazing and entertaining to discover true nature than building up hoaxes.

Cheeky Pooches on the Internet: The Funniest Dog Memes

Aren’t dogs and the internet just the perfect combination? If you don’t laugh at a few of the following funny dog memes then you are either dead or a cat. Or a dead cat.

The Mathematician Dog Meme

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5 Strange Animals You Would Love To Have As Pets

When it comes to owning a pet, most of us are happy with having a pack of fur full of heart and soul that barks, but is always ready to play and take us outside for the morning walk, or some creature whose favorite time of the year is messing around with our Christmas tree. Besides dogs and cats, another category of exotic people host in their homes some reptilian, a monkey perhaps, fish or birds. The even more exotic people who have the highest “coolness” standards go for tigers, lions, or everything else that can kill you in your sleep, maybe to prove that they’re made of iron backbones and nerves of steel. However, this world knows such animal variety, you often stumble upon entire lists of articles showing you animals you didn’t even know they existed, or creatures which mankind showed little attention because these animals knew where and how to hide.

This time we will travel the world, inspired by such wild beasts which became very popular in the last years and look at them from the pet perspective. Utopian approach, of course, as we would never capture and hold hostage creatures that are meant to roam free in their natural habitat. So this is more like an exercise of imagination. But let’s see together 5 strange animals you would love to have as pets, not only because they are funny looking, but some of them can be a real help around the house.

1. Tanuki – The Raccoon Dog

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This is more of a dog than a real raccoon, but the resemblance is spectacular. Imagine having friends and family members come visit you to see your new pet canid and see this beauty lying on the couch, barking friendly and wave its tail. This furry, magnificent creature lives in East Asia and if you own a house with a garden, you’re bound to ask your new dog to come down from that tree, because the Tanuki are said to be very good climbers. Imagine the family cat’s face when it sees this glorious tree – climbing animal.

2. The Patagonian Mara

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Admit it, this is cuteness overload and among all the strange animals you would love to have as pets, this one surely takes the cake. It is a rodent, however, originating from parts of Argentina, so beware keeping it in the house if you don’t want to refurbish your furniture or mourn your house plants. It somehow looks like a rabbit, but is kinda built like a kangaroo, with his hind limbs stronger and more muscular than the front ones. We don’t know if it kicks like a kangaroo, but that face is priceless and kids would love it.

3. The Flemish Giant Rabbit

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Now this is not the strangest animal on the planet, granted, but come on, look at the size of this rabbit! It can serve as a guard dog, couch for the kids, pony for the little kids, nightmare for the cat and garden tool for the entire family. Imagine how this bundle of joy chews on everything, as it has to chew forever, and think about a career in the carpentry department. Some people would be afraid of it, as if you bother this one bad enough to jump at your throat, you’re history, but it seems to make a good family companion.

4. The Gobi Jerboa

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It’s a rat that resembles a rabbit whose hind limbs look like those of a kangaroo. So basically this little adorable creature is a rodent, although we don’t know exactly if it is more a rabbit than a rat or the other way around. This is the perfect pet: eats plants and sometimes small insects, if happen to come across them, are so tiny you can train them to sleep on your pillow at night and have the cutest faces ever. Looking at them jump could be even funnier than the last rave party you attended.

5. The Gerenuk

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This has got to be one of the most awesome strange animals you would love to have as pets. This one is a keeper. Now imagine having both a giraffe and a gazelle roaming around your property (you’d probably have to bring in a few of its friends too, so it doesn’t feel lonely). Its greatest feature, besides that head and face, is that it can stand perfectly vertical on his hind legs to reach the high bushes, twigs and trees. If you are a farmer or an orchard man, imagine how great would be to have the Gerenunk give you a hand at work by picking up the ripe fruit from the tops. After a hard day’s work, you two could share giraffe jokes and play some sick mind – tricks to the dog.

We know you want more, as there are more than these five strange animals you would love to have as pets, and if you’re thinking Red Panda, an Angora Rabbit or a Sunda Colugo, you are right, these creatures are awesome too and they deserve to be known. If you have some strange pets of your own, do share!