Japanese Seahorse

sleepy seahorseOnce we came down from the mountains seeing the macaques, Eye ‘N Stein and I decided to go for a swim in the Sea of Japan and we found a very unique fish. This fish is not like any other fish. It is the seahorse.

He sure does not look like a fish, but he is. This little upright swimmer can be found all over the world and is quite interesting.


 

Here are some cool facts about our little buddy:

There are 53 different species of seahorses;

They are bad swimmers;

full grown pigmySeahorses constantly eat;

Some seahorse species, when fully grown, are less than an inch long;

They have skin, not scales;

The male gives birth to the babies (see video below);

Seahorses have to wrap their tales around something so they do not float away when they sleep.

 


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seahorse eyes

Did you know that the seahorse’s eyes are much like the chameleon’s? 

Seahorses eyes are mobile and can move independently which helps them to see their prey or predators without moving their bodies. This also prevents the prey or predators from spotting them while the seahorse looking at them.

SO COOL!!!!

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Japanese Macaque

SeeMore Sights & Eye 'N Stein in JapanWe have enjoyed our time in New Zealand so much! That is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is so beautiful in fact, that many movies are made here because of it’s beauty.

We have caught a hop (a quick flight) from New Zealand to the land of the ‘Rising Sun’. The land of electronics. The land of the samurai. We are in Japan.

Japan is an ‘archipelago’ which means ‘a string of islands’. It has four main islands and over 4,000 smaller islands! The population of Japan is almost 128M (128,000,000).

One of the nice locals here that we met translated my name into the Kanji, what Japanese people speak: 

より多くの光景を参照してください。(translates into See More Sights).


SeeMore Sights & Eye 'N Stein with the Macaque Monkey in a Hot Spring

Japan has various types of landscape. One type that is predominant is mountains. In those mountains live a peculiar monkey called the Japanese Macaque that is native to Japan, that is that it only lives there. 

seemore-homepage-snow-monkeyAnd this monkey loves a good bath. Not just any bath though. The mountains in Japan are full of hot springs that the Macaque cannot get enough of.

 These little guys come down from the snowy mountains to warm up. The crazy thing is, once they get in, they do not necessarily want to get out. Check out the video below on their hot spring habits.



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Macaques have excellent vision. They spend a majority of their time looking into the thick fur coat of their family and friends picking out bugs to eat. YUCK!!!

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The Kiwi

SeeMore-Sights-WellingtonWe have caught a short flight from Australia to New Zealand. It is a small island that is southeast of the island continent.  This is almost as good as it gets – New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful place. There are some strange facts though about this place. Did you know that there are more sheep than humans here? For every ONE person, there are NINE sheep. Crazy, huh? Also, Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is the southern most capital city in the world (we are low on the globe!) AND – this place was the last place on earth to be called ‘home’ by humans!

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The mascot for New Zealand is just the cutest little thing you ever did see. It is called the Kiwi. Now I know what you are thinking and no, it is not a fruit; it is a bird.


Curious as to what they sound like?

SeeMore-Sights---Kiwi-StampHe is small, like a chicken, and cannot fly. What they do well though is smell. That is weird considering that most birds do not have a sense of smell.

Here are some cool Kiwi facts:

When a male finds a female, they live together until death;

The Kiwi can live up to 40 years;

He is mainly nocturnal (that means he sleeps during the day and is active at night)’

They often eat small invertebrates, seeds, grubs, and many varieties of worms, as well as fruit, small crayfish, eels and amphibians;

The plural of kiwi is kiwi, not kiwis;

The Kiwi is so popular that in 1900, New Zealand put it on a stamp!


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SeeMore-Sights---Kiwi-01Did you know that most birds have little or no sense of smell? Of course you did – I just told you up there. The kiwi though, compensates for its poor vision with highly developed senses of smell and touch.

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The Ferocious Tasmanian Devil

G’day, mate! Have another shrimp on the barby!! Ok, that’s kind of cheesy, but Eye ‘N Stein and I are in a land ‘down under’ – we made it to Australia! We just left China after hanging out with probably one of the most recognized animals in the world, the panda bear. Now, we are looking for something not so cuddly. 

SeeMore SIghts - Tasmanian Devil 03Did you know that Australia is called the great ‘Island Continent’? It is actually the world’s largest island. Also, while it is roughly the same size as the United States (which is made up of 50 states), Australia has only six states. There is much to cover and we might be here a while.

Once we traveled south, we found an island called Tasmania. Can you guess what animal we found? That is right – the Tasmanian Devil. This little dog sized, furry, stinky little guy is kind of the unofficial mascot of Australia. 

Now, you may be wondering how this peticular animal got it’s name ‘devil’. It has to do with the way they display themselves: harsh screeches and snarls and opening their mouths wide to show their sharp teeth & its blood-curdling nocturnal screams.


SeeMore SIghts - Tasmanian Devil 04Interesting Tasmanian Devil Facts:

  • They feed mostly on the remains of dead animals;
  • When confronted, a Tasmanian devil will often yawn at its tormentor as if pretending to be unbothered by the threat;
  • They live up to five years;
  • They can have around 20 babies;
  • The mother carries her young in her ‘pouch’.

 

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Devils are solitary and nocturnal, spending their days alone in hollow logs, caves, or burrows, and emerging at night to feed. They use their long whiskers and excellent sense of smell and awesome night vision sight to avoid predators and locate prey and carrion. They’ll eat pretty much anything they can get their teeth on, and when they do find food, they are voracious, consuming everything.

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Chinese Panda Bear

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We will admit, we were kind of tired of the snow in Siberia, so we headed south into China. This place is really big!! It has over 3.6 million square miles of land and has over 1,300,000,000 (that’s 1.3 BILLION) people.

With such a vast land, we looked high and low for an animal that is unique and could not find in the wild back in the States. We had to go and find the mascot of China. Can you guess what it is? That’s right – the panda bear.

SeeMore Sights - Panda Bear EatingThe panda is a bit different from most other bears. Here are some interesting panda bear facts:

  • Panda bears do not hibernate.
  • They are large, cuddly animals who mainly eat bamboo and can weigh up to 250 pounds!
  • Pandas can live up to 30 years old.
  • There are about 1,000 pandas left in the wild.
  • Pandas are excellent tree climbers.
  • The natural habitat of the panda is cool, wet, cloudy mountain forest land where bamboo grows.

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Most bears’ eyes have round pupils. The exception is the giant panda, whose pupils are vertical slits, like cats’ eyes. These unusual eyes inspired the Chinese to call the panda the “giant cat bear.” 

Pandas have very good eyesight.

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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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