...is a species of frog discovered in 2003 by Sathyabhama Das Biju, leading amphibian biologist at the University of Delhi, India, and Frank Bossuyt, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. It really stands out for its peculiar appearance, the purple, slimy looking, bloated body that awkwardly reminded some of a popular sweet snack (glazed?) and so earned it the name Doughnut Frog, and a disproportionally little head with a white-tipped snout so curiously pointed it could be compared to the snout of, say, a mole or maybe also a pig, hence also the name Pignose Frog.
The Deep Sea is a territory widely unknown yet famous for its fancy faunal community, a crowd of mesmerizingly bizarre, often alien-looking creatures that seem to compete in singularity and strangeness. There is the firefly squid that produces dumbfounding lightshows, its mysterious cousin, the Colossal Squid that can grow up to an estimated size of 14 meters and is the largest invertebrate on earth, there are anglerfish and lanternfish, flappy-eared dumbo-octopuses, and all sorts of cnydarians floating through the dark in wait for prey.
Local myth had it for the past years that a giant man-eating monster looms in the depths of the Great Kali river that follows the Indian-Nepali border. A row of mysterious drownings initiated investigations eventually leading to the assumption that giant goonch catfish were responsible for the killings.
It seems that there are a couple of shark species that are smart enough to know where they are and where they are going. So says Yannis Papastamatiou in the March 1 edition of the Journal of Animal Ecology[i], where he reports on a study of 34 sharks he co-directed. Two species, the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) and the thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) were detected making so-called “directed walks” to specific destinations. Normally, sharks were thought to take “random walks” through their territories, even though random movements can be wasteful of energy, especially in the open ocean.