Bio-Morphosis

Capturing the essence of nature through GIFs.

"Drive nature out of the door and it will fly in at the window." -F. Dostoevsky
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Sapphirina copepod, a.k.a. "sea sapphire" is a tiny shrimp like crustacean that makes up the bottom of the food chain. The microscopic layers of crystal plates inside their cells catch light and reflect back different hues, from bright gold to deep blue that resembles like a gem. 

When they’re abundant near the water’s surface the sea shimmers like diamonds falling from the sky. Japanese name this kind of water, “tama-mizu”, jeweled water. Combine this nifty trick with the sea sapphire’s impressively transparent body, and you have an animal as radiant as a star in one moment, and invisible in the next.

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Arctic foxes change the color of their fur with the seasons. In winter they are White to blend in with the snow, while in the summer they change to brown!

Arctic foxes change the color of their fur with the seasons. In winter they are White to blend in with the snow, while in the summer they change to brown!

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Pangolin is odd-looking animal that belongs to the group of anteaters with scales. Their body is covered with hard, brown scales made of keratin. They do not have teeth so they swallow sand and small stones along with insects to facilitate grinding of food and digestion. Their very long, rod-shaped and sticky tongue which can be 16 inches longer than entire animal is very helpful allowing them to collect insects from termite tunnels.  
Pangolins are hunted for their scales, which are a sought-after ingredient in Chinese medicine making these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world.

Pangolin is odd-looking animal that belongs to the group of anteaters with scales. Their body is covered with hard, brown scales made of keratin. They do not have teeth so they swallow sand and small stones along with insects to facilitate grinding of food and digestion. Their very long, rod-shaped and sticky tongue which can be 16 inches longer than entire animal is very helpful allowing them to collect insects from termite tunnels.  

Pangolins are hunted for their scales, which are a sought-after ingredient in Chinese medicine making these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world.

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Tarsier is one of the smallest primate in the world. It thrives mostly in secondary dense forests with a diet of insects. This nocturnal creature has the unique ability of being able to turn its head 180 degrees as well as to jump backward with precision. It is endangered and have a tendency to commit suicide during captivity due to trauma from touching and loud noise.

Tarsier is one of the smallest primate in the world. It thrives mostly in secondary dense forests with a diet of insects. This nocturnal creature has the unique ability of being able to turn its head 180 degrees as well as to jump backward with precision. It is endangered and have a tendency to commit suicide during captivity due to trauma from touching and loud noise.

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Stone Curlew incubating eggs. Keeping a low profile is what the stone curlew does best. When confronted with danger these birds either scurry away to cover, or freeze on the spot hoping to blend into the background. 

Stone Curlew incubating eggs. Keeping a low profile is what the stone curlew does best. When confronted with danger these birds either scurry away to cover, or freeze on the spot hoping to blend into the background. 

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San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

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The Lesser mouse-deer or Chevrotain is the smallest hoofed mammal in the world. They are shy and secretive forest dwelling relative of the deer and are rarely seen. Unlike deer, the males have no antlers, but do sport a pair of canine teeth that can be seen projecting downward from the upper jaw like two tiny tusks.
 

The Lesser mouse-deer or Chevrotain is the smallest hoofed mammal in the world. They are shy and secretive forest dwelling relative of the deer and are rarely seen. Unlike deer, the males have no antlers, but do sport a pair of canine teeth that can be seen projecting downward from the upper jaw like two tiny tusks.

 

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Common marmoset

Common marmoset

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Bee-eater - as the name suggests eats large proportion of their diet made up of bees and wasps. Unusual characteristics of the Bee-eater are the tendency of in-flight prey capture instead of land or perch based static bee or insect hunting. The captured bee or wasp gets slammed against the nearby wood or branch to get rid for the stinger and drain venom. 

Bee-eater - as the name suggests eats large proportion of their diet made up of bees and wasps. Unusual characteristics of the Bee-eater are the tendency of in-flight prey capture instead of land or perch based static bee or insect hunting. The captured bee or wasp gets slammed against the nearby wood or branch to get rid for the stinger and drain venom. 

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Pine martens are small tree-climbing mammals belonging to the weasel family. They are considered one of the rarest and most elusive wildlife species. The main reasons for the species’ decline were related to hunting for its fur; loss of habitat through the destruction of forests; direct and indirect poisoning and persecution as a potential predator of livestock game populations. 

Pine martens are small tree-climbing mammals belonging to the weasel family. They are considered one of the rarest and most elusive wildlife species. The main reasons for the species’ decline were related to hunting for its fur; loss of habitat through the destruction of forests; direct and indirect poisoning and persecution as a potential predator of livestock game populations.