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Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo

These two male Northern Elephant Seals fought with one another on the beach at Año Nuevo on Christmas Eve 2017. Eventually one male backed off and moved away into the ocean. A male Elephant Seal at Año Nuevo in December … Continue reading

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An introduced planarian in Ohio

In late May 2018, I came across this planarian among the leaves on the forest floor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Planarians are part of the group of animals known as Platyhelmintes. Although planarians look a bit like earthworms, they are … Continue reading

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A buck jogs past me in my neighborhood.

A male whitetail deer jogged right by me while I was standing in my driveway in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Apparently, two does ran by just a minute or two earlier, but I didn’t see them. This buck was in hot … Continue reading

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Fuzzy white Beech Blight Aphids doing their waggling dance

Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) will gather in large groups to feed on the sap of beech trees. They have a distinctive “dance” to deter predators. When disturbed, they wave their abdomens and waxy white filaments. These photos and videos … Continue reading

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Sea Otters in Monterey Bay: Surfing at Sunrise

In the last blog post, I mentioned watching sea otters catching and eating their prey at dawn. On one morning, I watch some surfers sharing the waves with the sea otters. The otters were already in the water when the … Continue reading

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