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Siberian Tiger

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As fascinating as Crete, Greece was, Eye ‘N Stein and I made our way into the wintery wonderland of Siberia, Russia. We were trying to find the powerful, yet beautiful animal, the Siberian Tiger.

Siberia is a huge mass of land consuming most of Northern Asia – it covers 5.1 million square miles. The terrain of Siberia is a mixed one made up of mountains, grasslands and lakes & rivers. Some of its mountains are over half a mile high!!!

SeeMore Sights - Siberian TigerOnce deep into the cold, snowy landscape, we found who we were looking for. Here are some AWESOME tiger facts:

  • The Siberian Tiger is the largest living cat.
  • His coat is a beautiful reddish/rusty coat.
  • He can weigh up to 460 pounds!
  • Tigers have a well-developed sense of smell, however, it’s rarely used for hunting. Smell is most commonly used to communicate with other tigers.
  • His hearing is exceptional, which they use to locate prey in dense cover.
  • Tigers also have a well-developed sense of touch. Mother tigers and cubs, and courting pairs often rub against and lick each other.
  • As of last record, there are about 400 – 500 tigers left in the wild.

SeeMore Sights, Fact of the DayDid you know?

During the day, tigers see like you and I do. However, during the night, their vision is 6 times better than ours!!! Their eyes have a pupil that can get very wide and was designed to allow as much light in as possible.

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Kri-Kri of Greece

Crete, Greece

Crete, Greece: via Google Maps

We have traveled from Saudi Arabia to the historical country of Greece. What an awesome place! We have just visited the Parthenon in Athens. The construction of this great structure began in 447 BC and was completed in 438 BC.

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Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Like most Greek temples, it was used a treasury. The ancient architecture of Greece is breath-taking. We traveled south to the island of Crete and found an animal with an amazing set of eyes.


 

SeeMore Sights, Kri-kri 02The Kri-kri is a subspecies of the Wild Goat, but has been recently found to be a feral variety of the domestic goat. It is native to the Eastern Mediterranean, now found only on the island of Crete.

His coat is a light brownish coat with a darker band around its neck. It has two horns swept back from the head and can leap some distance or climb extremely steep cliffs.

In the 1960’s, their numbers dwindled to about 200. Now, there are only about 2,000 animals on the island and they are considered vulnerable; hunting them is strictly prohibited.

SeeMore Sights, Kri-kriWhat is so special about the Kri-kri’s eyes? Where as you and I have a round pupil, the Kri-kri (like other goats) has rectangular pupils. Goats, like most hoofed mammals, have horizontal pupils. 


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The width of the pupils allows the animals to see at a 330 degree angle, as opposed to humans who generally see at around a 185 degree angle. The purpose of those elongated pupils is to allow them to scan the horizon for possible predators.

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King Cobra

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image: Google Maps

Just across the Red Sea from the Sudan is the vast land of Saudi Arabia. While mostly a barren land, Saudi Arabia’s animals have adapted to a rough style of habitat. Eye ‘N Stein and I came across a very dangerous, yet very beautiful animal – The King Cobra

King cobras are found in a wide variety environments throughout the world. The king cobra is one of the venomous snakes on the globe. It has been said that one bite of it’s venom can make one elephant or up to 20 men sick. 

SeeMore SIghts - King Cobra One of the features that makes the king cobra radically different from all other snakes is it’s ‘hood’. When the cobra is threatened or wants to show dominance, the neck of the snake has long cervical ribs capable of expanding to form a hood, like all other cobras. The hood plays a big part in its fearsome ‘threat posture’. The eyes are quite big with round pupils. 

His head can be as big as a man’s hand and can stand tall enough to look you straight in the eye. The king cobra can stand up to one third of its total length or from 3 to 6 ft height and has the ability to move forward in the intimidating posture. 

The King cobra’s hissing sounds more like a dog’s growl and is much lower than most snakes. The hiss is produced by tiny holes in the trachea, which is resonated by the lung.


SeeMore Sights, Fact of the DayDespite being color blind, the King cobra’s eyesight is better than most snakes, and can see prey as far as 300 feet away. They also can flick their tongues to pick up scents. By combining these two different senses, king cobras are deadly predators. Once they have paralyzed their victims, king cobras will swallow them whole!!! Ugghh!

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The Mighty Hippopotamus

SeeMore-Sights-SudanEye ‘N Stein and I had just dried off from our swim in the Atlantic and seeing a Barreleye Fish, we travel from the coast to the desert of Sudan. The Sudan is in Northern Africa. For the most part, it is flat, dry plains with a mountainous range to the north and rainforest in the south. The Nile River separates the East & the West portions of the country.

It is rich in minerals such as copper, gold, iron, nickel and zinc. The Sudan is also home to several endangered species:  WaldrappNorthern White RhinocerosTora HartebeestSlender-horned Gazelle, and Hawksbill Turtle.


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We have just come across one of the largest land animals in the world – the mighty hippopotamus. The elephant and rhinoceros are slightly heavier than the hippo. Hippopotamuses (try saying that five times fast) can weigh between 1.5 to 3 tons!!!

Hippos are semi-aquatic. You will find them near rivers, lakes & swamps. They like to hang out in the water but also like to graze and eat on dry land. And do not be fooled by their large size as they are extremely quick. They have been known to run up to 19 MPH and can easily outrun a human.

Contrary to popular belief, they  are herbivores, not marblevores. They have even been popularized in music being being on a little girl’s Christmas list. 

  – Click to hear what one little girl wants for Christmas!!!


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Hippos can see under the water with excellent precision, but what is really fascinating about their eyes is the clear layer of membrane that protects them from debris found underwater.

You can kind of see it in the picture.

While we cannot see underwater without goggles, you too can have excellent vision. If you are having problems reading this text, seeing the pictures of the hippos or you have trouble seeing in class, ask your mommy & daddy to get you an eye exam. Come see Dr. Wanda Batson and her staff at Okaloosa Eye Care in Crestview, Florida. Call for an appointment today:

(850) 683-0221

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Barreleye Fish

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We are continuing our journey around the world and we just left the jungle after visiting our furry little, the Tarsier. We needed to cool off, and decided to go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Boy, that place is deep. We were diving so deep that we started seeing animals we had never seen before. One particular fish caught our eye (no pun intended).

Have you ever heard of the barreleye fish? Neither had we until we saw it. You have to see it to believe it.

Some people call him the ‘Spook Fish’. He lives more than 2,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. Usually, the water is so dark down there, however, we got a really good look at him and was able to get some great footage.

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“What makes him so special?” 

The barreleye fish’s head is transparent. You can literally look inside his head!! He spends most of his time motionless, eyes upward, waiting on food to pass by.

See the picture above of him? At fish glance, I thought that the two small dark spots near his mouth were his eyes, but I was mistaken. They are actually his NOSE!!! Looking at him more closely, the big green dots in his transparent head that are facing up are his eyes!!

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This very elusive fish has never been caught alive; he is very good at getting away from predators. See the video below to see him in action!!


 


SeeMore Sights, Fact of the DayDid you know that the Barreleye fish can rotate his eyes 90 degrees? His eyes are normally are in the ‘up’ position. When he goes in to grab his prey, his eyes rotate forward so he can see what he is eating.

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