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Gulls – Ocean’s Cleanup Crew

Gulls - Ocean’s Cleanup Crew

Gulls – Ocean’s Cleanup Crew


Gulls are among the most common waterbirds of ocean and coastal zones worldwide. There are more than 40 species of gull, including kittiwakes. Adult gulls are usually white or gray, sometimes with dark markings. They range in length from about 28 to 79 centimeters. A gull’s bill is strong and slightly hooked. Their wings are long and pointed, and gulls have a short squared tail.
Along the shore, gulls are helpful to the people who clean beaches and harbors. They swoop down to pick up messy things. Gulls eat almost anything, from dead fish and animals to potato chips. Gulls also follow fishing boats, feeding on offal and by-catch as it is discarded overboard. These birds eat all day long just to stay alive. While flying many miles without stopping, they use up a lot of energy. Some gulls travel enormous distances between their summer and winter homes.
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Cypress – evergreen tree

Cypress – evergreen tree

Cypress – evergreen tree


Cypresses are evergreen trees and shrubs, that have fragrant, durable wood. There are about 20 different species of cypress. They grow in warm parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. Cypresses reach heights of 25 meters or more. Some cypresses have a pyramid shape while others grow into tall columns. The bark is sometimes smooth, but it usually forms plates or strips. The leaves are small and look like scales covering the branches. These trees produce cones that have a woody or leathery covering and are usually round.
The Saharan cypress is covered in reddish-brown bark containing many deep cracks. It can grow to a height of 20 meters and a diameter of 4 meters. The tree’s small cones are yellow or gray-brown. Saharan cypresses can live for more than 1,000 years.
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Crayfish – amazing creature

Crayfish – amazing creature

Crayfish – amazing creature


Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans of the order Decapoda, which includes crabs, shrimps, lobsters, and hermit crabs. Crayfish are found on all continents on Earth except Africa and Antarctica. They are an essential part of the food chain. They feed on algae, insects, mussels, and snails, while fish, herons, otters, and other larger animals feed on them. This feeding balance has been maintained for hundreds of thousands of years. Unfortunately, people destroy this balance.
Crayfish evolved from marine ancestors dating back some 280 million years. There are more than 300 species of crayfish worldwide. Although nearly half of the species are endangered or imperiled. They live in water, hiding beneath rocks, logs, sand, mud, and vegetation. Some species dig burrows.
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Mosquito – Itchy Situation

Mosquito - Itchy Situation

Mosquito – Itchy Situation


Only the female mosquito bites and leaves those itchy lumps on our arms and legs. She needs the blood for her eggs to develop. The humming sound we hear comes from the fast beat of the mosquito’s wings. The male mosquito feeds on nectar and other plant juices. Mosquitoes are part of a large group of insects called flies. A mosquito has two narrow wings, two antennas, and six long legs. A female mosquito usually has a mouthpart called a proboscis, which looks like a long tube. There are more than 3000 species of mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are usually found wherever the weather is damp or where there are rivers, lakes, or swamps. That’s because these insects must lay their eggs in water. They even lay eggs in tin cans partly filled with rainwater. Mosquitoes have four stages in their life cycle beginning with the egg, then proceeding into a larva stage, followed by a pupa stage, and finally adulthood. When the eggs hatch, the young mosquitoes look like little worms.
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Astonishing Constellations

Astonishing Constellations

Astonishing Constellations


Since ancient times people have tried to explain the night sky. A constellation is a group of stars. The groups are identified according to patterns that people have seen in the stars and they are simply ways that people have imagined the stars. Over thousands of years different cultures have seen different patterns in the stars. They have named many different constellations after familiar animals, everyday objects, and characters and beasts from stories.
Today constellations provide a connection between modern humans and ancient stories. Astronomers have named 88 constellations and they use them to help describe the location of specific stars.
There are 12 well-known constellations that lie in a band of space called the zodiac: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, and Pisces. Today astronomers have calculated that during the period from November 27 to December 17, there is one more zodiacal constellation on the horizon – Ophiuchus.
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Bullfinch – red spot on snow

Bullfinch – red spot on snow

Bullfinch – red spot on snow


The bullfinch has a bright red breast and gray back set off by a coal–black head. However, only males have red breasts, the female’s breasts are brown. They have an excellent ability to imitate different sounds. Some of these birds can memorize and whistle several very complex melodies. All you need is patience to train a bird. It is quite easy to tame bullfinch.
Despite the fact that most bullfinches live in Eurasia, the largest of them, white-cheeked bullfinches, live in the hot Philippines.
In captivity, these birds live less than in nature. The weight of an adult bullfinch is about thirty grams.
Bullfinches are monogamous. During the breeding season, males coax females by offering food. Males never take part in the construction of a nest. Nestlings of bullfinches gain their independence in the third week of life.
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Asparagus – tasty vegetable

Asparagus – tasty vegetable

Asparagus – tasty vegetable


People have been eating asparagus as a vegetable since ancient times. There are hundreds of types of asparagus plants which belong to the lily family, along with onions and garlic. Asparagus grows wild in parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. The world’s leading asparagus producers are China, Peru, and the United States.
People eat the young shoots of the asparagus plant, which are called spears. Tender asparagus spears shoot up from the ground in spring and early summer. They must be picked by hand, not by machine. The spears are normally green, because they contain chlorophyll. Some growers in France and other places bury the growing spears in soil to prevent them from making chlorophyll. Spears grown this way are white and they are known for delicate flavor. People usually eat asparagus spears cooked.
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