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Different animals' skills

Does it occur to you that one animal whether it be the predator or the prey, that one must have come first?

If the prey has come first, then it has already developed the defence before the predator. It’s like it knows its skills.

If the predator comes first, it is like it knows its prey’s skills, that will come.

What is this showing us? Is this showing us that they are from the same place? Or that how the animal has developed has just come about? The first one should be your answer, because if has just come about, then the animal that has come first, whether it be prey or predator, it would have no chance of catching or defending and so it would die out.

What can we learn from the predator/prey dynamic? Will we evolve to be like that? Or will we just stay and ignore that the predator/prey dynamic is still there and this time even more obvious.

Does this blog say animals are better than humans or humans can evolve very easily, like animals?

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This little frog is my biology frog a frog who knows a surprising lot

 
Chalky soil

Chalky soil

Peat farming

Peat farming

A moody Mudskipper in mud

A moody Mudskipper in mud

Orange clay

Orange clay

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Mud Types

This blog is NOT boring!

Mud has been around for millions of years, longer than even the dinosaurs. So why aren’t people interested in it?

Well, one reason is, mud is a sticky substance that if you’re not wearing shoes, it will ooze between your toes, which makes it feel disgusting. But… there are different types of mud.

TYPE 1: Peat

Peat is a very nutritional mud, although unlike other muds, it is made up of dead insects and rotten plants. But it doesn’t smell of rotting plants.

TYPE 2: Soil

Yes, this is the stuff which got you soaked that time you fell over in the garden on a patch of mud. But don’t underestimate it. This type of mud can grow 10 bushes in 5 square metres. And it can feed your family, as long as you don’t eat the soil along with the vegetables!

TYPE 3: Chalky Soil

This type of soil is not the sort of brown sticky stuff that lays about in your garden growing plants. This soil is WHITE! Chalky soil is made when over the years, limestone breaks down into tiny fragments and those fragments combine and make chalky soil.

TYPE 4: Quick-mud

I know this sounds stupid, but it’s that type of mud that gets your shoes stuck. If you try to take your shoe out, you might fall head first in and they you have a very muddy head in some very muddy mud and one shoe off. I believe that it would feel rather uncomfortable, unless you are some master of this substance and know that it feels rather warm and nice (if it does). Quick-mud’s trick is that when you put your foot in, it creates a vacuum, that allows it to hold on to whatever got stuck, whether that be you nose, your shoe or your smelly sock!

TYPE 5: Clay

You probably already know this - clay is a soil (you probably didn’t know it was a soil) and water sits on it for a long time so that is why it feels wet a lot of the time. A lot of London is on clay, which is probably why there is a lot of subsidence where the foundations of buildings move, because the clay gets really dry or really wet. Clay supports little life because there is usually no air.

TYPE 6: Mud

This is the thing we’ve all been waiting for!

I know ‘it’s not very interesting’ - now that’s the thing that’s going around your brain. But come on, it’s interesting, I want to get you hooked! This is probably the thing that’s holding up what you are walking on right now. It’s also what houses the Earth’s crust. I’m sorry, there’s nothing else interesting about it. No wait, there’s 1 more thing. Mudskippers, a peculiar type of fish jump around in mud, making holes even though the mud is on land and they are fish. I’m really sorry the secret of how the mudskippers survive on land is not known by this amazing website. Then, they jump in holes they make when the water comes up and hide in the mud. Interesting.

Goodbye, thanks for reading!

Here’s a cool caterpillar FEEDING trail in London. Sorry , NOT breeding.

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Exotic animals

You may think exotic animals have an amazing time wondering around glamorous tropical paradises. But, some exotic animals, like this one here, are endangered because of habitat loss and poaching.

Even if they are not endangered, some exotic animals are hunted by larger carnivores or may not have a skill that is critical to surviving.

Also, some exotic animals are in decline from overfishing. Less fish means less food for some animals and less of those fish-eaters means less of the carnivores that eat them, so it harms the ecosystem.

That means while we are in our houses, eating fish or some other exotic animal/fruit, the animals that eat those things are missing out, so humans have an amazing time wondering around various places which are a paradise for some animals.

Now I’ve talked you through this, you might have realised that we have taken the top of this blog and made a point that is totally the opposite. There we are.

I found this sheep foreleg bone in the Yorkshire Dales. There was no carcass in sight - must have been there for a while.

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If I were a squirrel…

If I were a squirrel, I would be playful

Running 2000 miles in a day full

Climbing up high, to where the bee hive hides

Hiding inside to have the honey that hides inside the hive

The Study of plants

Botany has arrived

Plants are extremely interesting. There is such a variety, all with different details. You can sit and look at them for ages and not get bored if you chose to look at them through all the details and look at them through the eyes of a botanist*. PLANTS HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT JOB, THEY PRODUCE OXYGEN, HENCE THE NEED FOR THEM, AND AN COOL THING IS THAT IN A DAY, A SINGLE PLANT CAN PRODUCE ENOUGH OXYGEN FOR 8 FULLY GROWN HUMANS. THIS IS WHY THE AMAZON RAINFOREST IS CALLED ‘THE LUNGS OF THE WORLD’. THEY ALSO SUPPORT A LOT OF INSECT LIFE WHICH THEN SUPPORTS OTHER LIFE WHICH SUPPORTS OTHER LIFE AND THEN OTHER LIFE AND THEN MORE.

*A botanist is just a fancy word for a plant scientist.

This is a video of me in a bed of reindeer lichen near a house we had for a while in Norfolk.

A BOTANY JOKE:

Q: WHY DID THE FLY GET EATEN BY A CARNIVOROUS PLANT?

A: IT FLEW TO SPACE … (VENUS FLY TRAP, GEDDIT?)