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What do you think is the most fascinating animal in nature?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by FingerDub, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    I was watching a documentary yesterday on beavers, and the way they build dams they can live in and how they know to do that is amazing, they are incredibly industrious. :beaver:

    What animals are you fascinated by?
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  2. 58kites

    58kites Save a life....adopt a Pitbull

    Oct 21, 2014
    Austin Texas
    Many of them, it is amazing the massive array of skills that have developed among various species.
    The smarts that the common crow can display, the ingenuity of a squirrel, the power of a shark or a tiger, the speed and accuracy of the peregrine falcon.
    Domestic dogs and dolphins are interesting in that they choose to interact with humans.
    The domestic dog being my favorite.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Ants. Hands down.

    I hate them, but respect them at the same time. We were at the beach house this past summer. I followed a lone of them from across the street, up the driveway, up the support pole for the decks, down the handrail, into the siding on the exterior wall, following the baseboard from the front of the house to the back of the house, and into the kitchen trashcan. All told 30 years or more.

    1) How was it communicated back to the mound that there was food?
    2) How much food did they walk right by getting to it?
    3) How long did it take each one to make the journey?
    4) How long did it take them to make the mound that was 18" tall above ground and several feet below?

    Also, I have had my legs bitten all to pieces by fire ants on several occasions. There can be 30 of them on you can you don't know it. Then they all bite at once.....like one of them has a little bullhorn or something.
  5. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    Dude! They are amazing, and how to they instinctively know to help each other?
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  6. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I'm feeling a little like a slacker to say that I really like crows. They aren't tardigrades or LUCA, but I like them. They are individuals, and they have a sense of humor as long as you don't mess with them in a way they think is malicious. I had one mess with me in a playful way while I was transplanting peppers in the garden one year. It knew it was messing with me, and I knew it was messing with me. In a peculiar way, I ended up playing an entertaining game with a random wild bird. It was a lot of fun while the game lasted.
  7. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Humans are pretty interesting animals, but I can't study them too deeply for fear of getting irreversibly depressed. The Water Bear that @Gorn posted is one of my favorite animals as it is proof that if there is a deity or deities, we are not their favorite creation. Squids and Octopuses are interesting because they're roughly as intelligent as dolphins or chimpanzees, but we know so much less about them.
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  8. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The interpersonal and social aspects of the animals that we are (and we are animals) aren't that interesting but the things we can do is pretty amazing. Set aside the awful things we do and consider the fact that we pull stuff out of the ground and make MACHINES THAT CAN FLY. That's pretty cool. I mean, we can escape the gravity of our planet and land a craft on the friggin moon. That's insane.
  9. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011

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  10. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
  11. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Fascinating creatures.

    The full Cosmos episode is available on Netflix.
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  12. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

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  13. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    So many to choose from that are totally fascinating! As far as countless hours of entertainment in my home, i have to give it to the felines.


    In the great outdoors, I'm torn and will have to give it more thought ... tho probably something that lives deep in the sea will be the most fascinating.
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  14. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    can we put mankind on that list. I am utterly fascinated but our specie's behavior and ability to be just...stupid beyond belief.
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  15. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
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  16. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    Wolverines are pretty cool. They have apparently been known to drive full-grown grizzly bears off of a kill (ie., a moose or something that the bear has killed) in order to claim it for themselves.


    Several years ago myself and a few other co-workers were driving down a forestry road that was essentially cut into the side of a mountain, with a high rock face on one side and a sheer drop-off on the other. At a certain point we saw something running down the road ahead of us; we eventually caught up and realized we were looking at a wolverine. Rather than bail off the downhill side, it decided to scramble up the rock face but, didn't get very high before it was trapped on a ledge; in the meantime we had pulled over for a better look. A couple of us exited the truck, at which point the wolverine turned around and, via a combo of ungodly growl/hiss and body language, let us know in no uncertain terms that if we got any closer, it was gonna come flying off of that ledge in an attempt to rip one or all of our faces off. We slowly and quietly got back in the truck and carried on...:roflmao::whistle:

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  17. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Tardigrades are just Retrogrades that were late to the party.
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