A researcher at the Universityof Arkansas has named a species of crustacean after late reggae music legend Bob Marley. Gnathia marleyi feeds on blood and infests certain fish that live among the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea. The scientist that made the discovery says “I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley’s music.” Hmmmmmm…..not sure if I would want a blood sucking parasite named after me. Too bad you don’t get to reject the name if you decide you don’t want to be remembered in this way. Would you think it was an honor to have a species named after you, no matter what its role in the environment? Or would you pass on being honored in this way?
Source: Live Science
Anyone who knows me well knows that the Golden Girls is by far still my favorite television show. So this article was a no-brainer for today’s feature. The Georgia Aquarium has named its new dolphin mascot “Betty” after Betty White. A lifelong animal lover and conservationist this honor was not bestowed upon White without justification. For example, White was so moved by a visit to the Aquarium in 2010 that she dedicated a chapter in her book to the visit.
She believes that “Places like [the aquarium] are sending such a wonderful message. I always get a little discouraged when people say about zoos and aquariums, ‘They shouldn’t take animals out of their natural environment.’ But what have we done to their natural environment? It doesn’t exist anymore. The people have taken over. But a facility like this, they’re sending a message – appreciate the wildlife.”
Go Betty, thank you for being a friend (to the animals)!!!!!
Photo: Zoo and Aquarium Visitor
I have always heard that consuming local honey helps to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies. I have yet to test this theory but I’m sure many of you have.
It is said that since local bees pollinate local flowers, small amounts of the pollen prevalent in your area will end up in the honey. Eating the honey on a regular basis will help build up your immunity to these allergens.
It sounds like a pretty solid theory. Not only are you supporting local businesses by buying honey from producers in your community, it also reduces emissions from the transport of honey. This is a win-win for the economy and the environment.
But how much honey would I need to consume? How long would this take? Let me know what you think? Do you believe this really works….why or why not?
Source: Mother Nature Network