Wow! This is a good idea... a Coach that turns into a boat could be the best to organize tours: Tourist can have coach tours and cruise in the same trip without even leaving their seats on the coach... Imagine a tour through London or Paris streets that suddendly enter Thames or Seine... or some mediterranean archipelago where you can travel the streets of an island and then cruise to another one!
The idea man is the scotsman George Smith but the AmphiCoach is based on Malta
The aluminum 50-seater vehicle can glide on fresh or seawater. On the road it can travel up to 70mph while in the sea it can reach 8 knots. AmphiCoach can simply drive into the sea where the wheels retract into the hull and an air-piston begins powering the boat across the waves.
If you want one, it costs £280,000 but you'll probably have to queue up because orders have already come from ten countries
Further info here
North and South are the two Little Penguins that you see in these pictures. They were released last week back into the wild following a stay at Sydney's Taronga Zoo wildlife hospital.
As you can understand by the pictures one of the two, North, enjoyed the stay very much as he was very reluctant to leave her carer, veterinarian Amy Twentyman, as she pushed him towards water
The two penguins had been rescued from beaches nearby Sydney. North had been found trapped in seaweed at Terrigal, north of Sydney on Christmas day, while South was found two months later looking unwell on Cronulla beach south of the city (so this explains their nicknames).
It was fairly common to rescue penguins at this time of year, when they moult their feathers because this is a very delicate moment: they are not waterproof until they grew a new coat of feathers so they can't go in the water at that time and are very easy preys for predators like foxes.
Little Penguins are known with many other names: Fairy Penguins because of their tiny size, Little Blue Penguins, or just Blue Penguins, owing to their indigo-blue plumage, and they are called Kororā in Māori. Their habitat is the souyh coast of Australia and New Zealand but they have been sighted even in Namibia and Chile.
They are the smallest species of penguin being just 43 cm (16 in) tall!
In the end North overcame is reluctance and followed his friend South in the sea.
In India, near the Sonaigali village in Guwahati city a hungry leopard looking for food tumbled itno a well and got stuck in the muddy water.
People from the village were shocked to find the big angry cat when they went to the well in the morning to collect water.
Forest ranger came and tranquillized the leopard which was becoming increasingly angry. A veterinarian went dowin into the well and carried out the creature that was than brought to a local zoo.
The famous Maple Leaf of the Canadian flag converted in a Pineapple. Another creative approach to the Greenpeace global warming awareness campaigns
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Creative Director / Copywriter: Felipe Ponce de Leon
Art Director / Illustrator: Giovanni Alvis
Photographer: Slide Depot
In southern Peruvian part of the Andes mountains, in the upper Cosnipata Valley, near Cusco, a new species of frog has been discovered by some scientists in the leaf litter of a cloud forest between 9,925 and 10,466 feet (3,025 and 3,190 meters).
The discovery was not so easy as the frog is the smallest ever found in the Andes and one of the smallest in the world!
The Noblella Pygmea females grow to 0.49 inch (12.4 millimeters) at most. Males make it to only 0.44 inch (11.1 millimeters).
As you can see in the pictures it means that they are smaller than a dime!
Amother interesting aspect of the new found species is that females hatch only two eggs, a small number for a frog (frogs usually hatch up to hundreds of eggs), and each egg is nearly a third the size of the adult!
Their reproductive cycle that doesn't rely on water (the frog watch over and keep moist its two eggs, in the leaf litter, until they hatch into froglets) seems also to have protected them from the terrible deadly chytrid fungus, which has killed frogs and salamanders around the world in recent years.
You can see other picture of this tiny frog in the website of Alessandro Catenazzi, Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley
The habitat of the Noblella Pygmea: High-elevation cloud forest in Manu National Park, Cusco, Peru
Ah AH! It makes me laugh.. there's nothing I can do about it...
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Business Affairs: Kim Stevens
Human Nature: Rich Santiago
Account Service: Gary Steele, Catherine Ellefson, and Dan Gross
Production Company: Station Film
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Cinematographer: Jo Willems
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Back in the Day Music Company: Audio Socket
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Launch Date: March 2009
This picture provided by the US Navy on March 24, 2009 shows Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis on the surface of the Arctic Ocean after breaking through three feet (1m) of ice on March 21, 2009 during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2009. Annapolis and the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Helena are participating in ICEX 2009. With the support from the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, ICEX 2009 enables the Submarine Force to operate and train in the challenging and unique environment that characterizes the Arctic region. One of the experiments consists infact in test the submarine capability of breaking the ice pack in case of emergency.
The Exxon Valdez bleeding oil on 23rd March 1989
Three days ago it was the 20th anniversary of one of the worst environental disasters: the infamous oil spill of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska. Sadly experts say that two decades after that tragedy huge quantities of oil still coat Alaska's shores with a toxic glaze.
Of the 11 million gallons of crude oil that bled from the stranded tanker on the night of March 23, 1989, more than 21,000 remain, tucked into isolated coves and underneath the sand.
In its first toxic sweep, the Exxon Valdez oil spill killed about 250,000 seabirds, 4,000 sea otters, 250 bald eagles, and more than 20 orcas, according to the conservation group WWF.
Some images of the disaster from 20 years ago:
Gray Whale Succumbs to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Latoucha Island, Alaska (John Gaps III / AP)
The Exxon Valdez bleeding oil on 23rd March 1989
The exxon Valdez towed away from the site of the ecological disaster
A seabird covered with oil on on 23rd March 1989
Crews use high-pressured hoses to blast oil-covered rocks on Naked Island, Alaska, on April 21, 1989, about a month after the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground.
An 11,000-person crew removed much of the oil from the beaches until 1994, when government officials decided to end the clean-up effort.
The situation today:
As you can see in the images below, in the area hit by the oil spill, it's still very easy to find crude oil just below the superficial stones:
Further info in this National Geographic article
It's a well known fact that almost any living creature in the world is cute when it is a puppy and these two otter cubs are not an exception. Indeed.
The two Asian small-clawed river otter pups were born on February 7th at San Diego SeaWorld to first-time parents Leo and Giselle.
The Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest of the 13 otter species. They mate for life and will stay in small family groups of up to 15. Typical litter size is two to six pups. Gestation is about 62 days, and pups are born small and helpless with their eyes closed. Maturity is reached in two to three years.
This is the story of a poor crocodile that is currently recuperating after undergoing reconstructive surgery. The 10-foot crocodile has been operated at Miami's Metrozoo facility after having its head crushed by a car in the Florida Keys last year.
With its snout hanging limp, the distressed animal has not eaten for three months!
During the operation that lasted four hours two metal rods were placed between its eyes extending down to the bridge of its nose, and another on each side.
Forty-one metal screws were drilled into its hide, keeping the skull and snout together. With all this metal in its face the staff has nicknamed it RoboCroc.
Now evrybody hope that the wounds don't become infected and RoboCroc could survive