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All of you who are following Hal on his photography website (Hal Brindley.com) know that on January 1st he started a little project: the Daily Creature. Every day, he posts a photograph of a different animal species with a fun and quirky fact.

I am really digging his Daily Creature posts. They are great for people with a short attention span like myself. Colorful, short, and to the point. Not only that, but he seems to find the weirdest facts about animals.

So I decided to list my favorites each month. Here are my 15 favorite Daily Creatures from January! (in no particular order)


1- Western Gray Kangaroo

Western Gray Kangaroo fact: They are also commonly known as “stinker”. Yeah, they smell. Like curry. Serious.

Western Gray Kangaroo


2- Steenbok

Steenbok fact: This little desert-adapted antelope can survive without drinking any water at all! It can get all the moisture it needs from fruits, roots and tubers found in the Kalahari desert.

Steenbok


3- Stromatolite

Stromatolite fact: They are a living example of some of the oldest forms of life in the planet (3.5 billion year ago!). They are colonies of Cyanobacteria, a blue-green algae. The one in the photo is in Shark Bay, Australia, and it is over 2,000 years old!

Stromatolites


4- Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale fact: The song of a humpback whale is the most complex of any song in the animal world. These can last up to 15 minutes, and while it is repeated over and over, its composition changes gradually. What is even more interesting is that all the whales in the same population sing the same ever-changing song.

Humpback whale


5- Brown Booby

Brown Booby fact: Their feet are made for walking…and heating! They use their webbed feet to transfer heat to their eggs while incubating. Genius!

Brown booby


6- Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle fact: This sea turtle gets its name from the the color of its fat. Green fat!

Green sea turtle


7- Baird’s Tapir

Baird’s Tapir fact: The tapir is the largest mammal found in Central America. Even larger than a jaguar!

Bairds tapir


8- Canada Lynx

Canada Lynx fact: The back legs of a lynx are substantially larger than their front legs. This is so they can leap with almost no effort.

Canada lynx


9- Chilean Flamingo

Chilean Flamingo Fact: When chicks are born they are moved to a huge nursery, with up to 30,000 young! Not only that but parents manage to find their chicks in between all this craziness.

Chilean flamingo


10- Tuatara

Tuatara Fact: Now, this is creepy! The tuatara has a third eye on top of its head with a retina and a lens! It is only visible as a baby and then is gradually absorbed!

Tuatara


11- Walrus

Walrus Fact: When sunbathing, walrus are red colored. When diving, they are white. Why is that? To conserve oxygen while diving, walruses reduce the blood flow to the skin! You can see a white walrus emerging from the sea on Hal’s original post.

Walrus


12- Thorny Devil

Thorny Devil Fact: This crazy looking lizard uses capillary action to collect dew and channel it to its mouth! One of the fascinating adaptations for living in deserts.

Thornydevil


13- Polar Bear

Polar Bear Fact: A mother polar bear can spend up to 8 months in the den without eating, pooping, peeing or even drinking!

Polar bear

 


14- Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl Fact: Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are active during the day.

Burrowing owl


15- Guira Cukoo

Cuckoo Fact: Guira Cuckoos lay their eggs in communal nests. Some nests may hold eggs from 20 different parents!

Guira cuckoo

 

 

Which is the craziest fact? Don’t forget to visit Hal’s site for more Daily Creature facts!