“She has often felt that her outsides were too dull for her insides, that deep within her there was something better than what everyone else could see.”
— Myla Goldberg, Bee Season
Diver Scott Gardner has collected the first ever evidence of tool use in fish with these images: this blackspot tuskfish (Choerodon schoenleinii) held a clam in its mouth and repeatedly bashed it against a rock until it cracked, enabling the fish to consume the soft bivalve within. Fragments of shell were scattered around the rock and found across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where the fish was observed, suggesting this is not an isolated incident. The fish join various other species that have displayed use of tools, including capuchin monkeys and New Caledonian crows amongst others. The definition of “tool use” is controversial, and debates are on-going as to whether this behaviour truly constitutes tool use. A number of scientists believe that the tool, in this case the rock, must be held or manipulated by the animal in order to be classified as true tool use. But, with only their mouths to manipulate tools with, this is about as close as a fish could get. Some label the behaviour “proto-tool use”, which also encompasses behaviour such as gulls dropping shellfish onto hard surfaces to crack them.
Ref: Kessier (2011) Diver Snaps First Photo of Fish Using Tools. Science online news [link]
Saturn’s Great White Spot, which occurs about once every 30 Earth years, is a windy, towering cloud of ammonia and water spewing out super jolts of thunder and lightning. The storm is about 10,000 times stronger than those on Earth.
Photo credit: NASA
OK, so this is tumblr - what exactly am I supposed to be doing? Signing up seemed like a good idea, but will it be any different to FB and Twitter? Oh, well - fingers crossed I will make some good friends and connections.
I am The Accidental Expat and recently moved to Nova Scotia from the UK. Accidental in that I just wanted a better life for my family, nothing fancy, just space, fresh air and nature in all it’s beauty. That dream resulted in moving half way round the world as it simply wasn’t possible for us in the UK.
We’ve been here just over 10 weeks and so far so good. There have been a few slip ups, but nothing too major thankfully. I started a blog as a way for family and friends to join in our adventures and that has lead to so many new opportunities. I’m now writing guest posts, columns and articles for a variety of online and printed publications as it seems that I’m actually quite good at it! Who knew that a life changing move would also result in a life changing career change, but I’m grateful that it has.
I’m here to help people with similar dreams, or just to have a darn good chat and I look forward to making lots of new friends.