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Mesozoic era amphibian: Giant Chinese salamander
A Mesozoic era Giant Salamander was discovered from Heyuan city, China by a Park Ranger in March this year. The creature is a living fossil from the Jurassic period since it’s physical form has remained the same through 170 million years. It is slimy, pale yellowish in colour, 2 feet and 9 inches long (83 cms.), and weighs close to 12 pounds (5.5 kg). This amphibian is known to make similar sounds like a crying baby and so it is named wa wa yu in China, meaning baby fish.
We have seen dinosaurs as fossils, but the giant salamander that once roamed the earth with dinosaurs is still a thriving species and represents a unique surviving lineage from a period long past. It is an enchanting feeling to witness a living, breathing creature that is a direct descendant of the Jurassic period giant salamander. Under the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red list the giant salamander is considered critically endangered.
Despite being a protected species in China it is a culinary delicacy amongst the Chinese elite. It is rumoured to possess anti-aging properties which makes it a favourite food of the rich Chinese populace. The giant salamanders were a fairly common species in China, but this demand as expensive food items led to wild harvesting and dwindling numbers in the wild. The Chinese government has adopted strict legal measures to protect these creatures; anyone caught eating them may be imprisoned for ten years.
YouTube video: http://bit.ly/1Qp7DYj
…is a species of Dironid nudibranch, which is known to occur throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean, ranging from Alaska to the area surrounding San Diego, California. Like many other nudibranch species, Dirona albolineata is predatory, feeding on a range of small crustaceans and other gastropods. However they are also known to be fairly fond of bryozoans as well, like other members of the genus Dirona.
Image: Daniel Hershman
Wow! What an amazing looking thing…
Life is all about the natural cycles of things. I’m a great believer in natural remedies and love that it’s making a comeback. GPs are even referring patients on the NHS! Fabulous!
Anyway, I saw this about medicine and it made me chuckle.
… we live in cycles 😉
antinwo: 4000 years of medicine
natural-remediesinfo: eat the root.