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Anonymous asked: Have you heard of the sooty owl? They are frightening and their eyes are probably hell portals.

iguanamouth:

i DID actually while i was looking up owls a while back oh MAN they have incredible faces, like some kinda confused ghost who ended up in a bird and now just has to live with it

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looks like they come in lesser and greater sooty flavors, and theyre both pretty similar except for their sizes (about 43 cm for the greater, 37 for the lesser)

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theyre like someone took a barn owl and just lowered the brightness, threw some speckles in there, made their eyes a direct portal to the infinite nightmarish abyss, called it a day

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the YOUNG SOOTY OWLS on the other hand dont even look like real animals. they look like someone made a dodo out of felt and accidentally left it in a dryer. owls are great

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thepatronsaintofdaydreams asked: Is there a difference between the Oceanic Whitetip Shark and the Whitetip Reef Shark or are they just called by two different names? Seems to be that the Oceanic Whitetip has more rounded fins, while the Reef Shark has more pointed fins or could this just be the age of the shark affecting its shape?

the-shark-blog:

They’re both two completely different species. Both are requiem sharks(in the family Carcharhinidae), but they’re not in the same genus.

Oceanic whitetips are pelagic sharks and are in the genus Carcharhinus.

Whitetip reef sharks are usually found on the bottom or around reefs. They’re also much smaller, they don’t grow to be much over 5ft long. 

Also oceanic whitetips need to be constantly swimming to breathe, while whitetip reef sharks don’t. Which is why they’re very commonly just found laying around on the bottom.

Oceanic whitetip shark:

Whitetip Reef Shark:

Filed under sharks fish elasmobranchii whitetip reef sharks oceanic whitetip sharks wildlife marine life queue

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)

…a large (the largest on their continent) species of deer (Cervidae) which is native to South America, where it occurs in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. True to their common names, marsh deer typically inhabit wet marshy areas like the patanal and gran chaco. They are noted swimmers and can move through the water quite rapidly. Marsh deer feed on a wide variety of aquatic plants (some studies have documented over 40 different species!) with members of Graminae and Pontederiaceae making up most of their diet. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Artiodactyla-Cervidae-Odocoileinae-Blastocerus-B. dichotomus

Images: Jonathan Wilkins and Leonel Baldoni

(via koryos)

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