12 Common Types Of Palm Trees In California

It’s almost impossible to imagine California without throwing a few palm trees into the mix. Los Angeles is virtually synonymous with palm trees. They’re everywhere, lining the streets and adding their unmistakable silhouettes to the skyline. Although you find palm trees throughout Southern California, there’s only one variety that truly belongs there. The California fan … Read more

10 Types of Palms In Hawaii You Are Likely to Find

10 Types of Palms In Hawaii You Are Likely to Find

Hawaii is the world’s largest island chain, but only seven of its 132 islands are inhabited. Long before the first humans set foot on the islands, they were covered in vast forests of palm trees. These weren’t the coconut palms or the dwarf date palms that thrive today – they were imported by Polynesian immigrants … Read more

Why are Hippos so Aggressive and Dangerous to Humans?

Why are Hippos so Aggressive and Dangerous to Humans?

Hippos are arguably the most dangerous animal in Africa.  Statistics indicate they kill over 500 people every year, making them “the world’s deadliest mammal, after humans, and nearly twice as deadly as lions.” Why are Hippos Dangerous? Those statistics are somewhat surprising given that herbivorous hippos spend most of their time snoozing in the water. At … Read more

Were There Sharks When the Titanic Sank?

Were There Sharks When the Titanic Sank?

Even today, well over a hundred years later, the RMS Titanic is the most famous ship ever to have sunk. Whether you know it for being the largest and most luxurious vessel afloat at the time, being believed to be unsinkable, or sadly for the massive amount of life lost, the Titanic disaster is more … Read more

What is Bioluminescent Water? 6 Best Places to Spot Glowing Water

What is Bioluminescent Water 6 Best Places to Spot Glowing Water?

Bioluminescence is the light produced by a living organism. Anything that lives can produce bioluminescence, even humans, but not all do. A chemical reaction is required for an organism to produce bioluminescence. When the organic compound Luciferin combines with oxygen, an enzymatic reaction occurs Luciferase catalyzes that. This reaction produces a substance called oxyluciferin. It … Read more

Are There Sharks in Lake Tahoe?

Are There Sharks in Lake Tahoe?

Covering 150km3 Lake Tahoe is certainly big enough to accommodate a few sharks. At 1,645 feet, it’s also deep enough to harbor a few far-fetched theories and unfathomable mysteries. The famous diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau is rumored to have ventured down into the depth of Lake Tahoe back in the 1970s. However, when he … Read more

How Do Octopus Mate? The Story of the Detachable Octopus Penis

How Do Octopus Mate The Story of the Detachable Octopus Penis?

Eight arms, three hearts, and even nine brains. Is there no end to just how extraordinary these cephalopods are? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, their reproduction methods continue the trend and are also fascinating. We’re going to dive into the natural world of octopus mating by looking at the male and female reproductive systems, including finding out about … Read more

Why Do Octopus Die After Mating?

Why Do Octopus Die After Mating?

Around the time that they reach adulthood, male and female octopuses all experience the irresistible instinct to mate.  Octopuses have short lifespans of between about six months for small tropical species and five years for the giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). However, sadly for them, reproduction is one of the last things they do in their … Read more