Sunday 22 December 2013

Fact Hunters: Bats & Worms

William Edwards
Did you know that Fruit bats in the genus Pteropus include the world's largest bat - the greater flying fox - which can have a wingspan of 180cm? They cannot echo locate, but don't really need to as their food (fruit and nectar) doesn't try to escape and because they roost in trees not in the pitch black of caves.

Kingsley Onwuegbuzie, Tyler Houlston & Spencer Higgins 
Hydra magnipapillata, a microscopic animal with a tube-like body with tentacles, a mouth and adhesive foot is almost completely unaffected by the ageing process. Researchers say that some specimens could live, under the right conditions, up to 1,400 years.

Iasha Sillah 
Where did you go on holiday last year? Well for many people it was France – which was the most visited country in 2012!

Peiyce Lubin
Have you heard of a Christmas tree worm? It looks like a pair of brightly coloured christmas trees on the surface of a coral. The 'trees' are the cone-shaped spirals of the worm's feathery gills. They vary in colour: bright oranges, blues, pinks as well as many other colours.

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