Animal Fact A lion's tongue is rougher than coarse sandpaper. Its lingual spines or papillae (pics 2,3) make the tongue so rough that if a lion licked the back of your hand only a few times, you would be left without any skin.gallery
Animal Fact Arabian camels were seen swimming in the Arabian Sea to Masirah, an island off the coast of Oman where camels frequently go to forage. They are known to travel back and forth regularly, approximately 10 km each way. Camels are good swimmers and can swim for hours.
Animal Fact An orange-colored alligator in South Carolina. Most likely, according to an official, this alligator overwintered in a rusty steel culvert and became dyed by the iron oxide contained in the water around its body. It will lose this coloration once it molts.
Animal Fact The mantidfly appears to be an odd combination of a praying mantis and a wasp, both of which are mortal enemies to each other. The mantidfly has the head and raptorial legs of a mantis but the thorax, wings and abdomen of a wasp.
Animal Fact A deep-sea long-snouted lancetfish washed ashore on a southern CA beach recently after a mysterious sonic boom was reported. Someone found the fish and put it back in the water, and it swam away.
Animal Fact A giant squid, which normally inhabits the deep sea, wandered into Toyama Bay in Japan where onlookers were stunned to see such a large squid in shallow waters. Most likely the squid was quite ill, and the squid's visit was viewed by the biologists as normal behavior associated with dying.
Animal Fact While orcas (killer whales) are the apex predators of the ocean bar none, it would be false to say that false killer whales were not also top contenders. Like orcas, false killer whales are actually oceanic dolphins, not whales, and they attack and kill fish, sharks, and even other dolphins.gallery
Animal Fact The blue whale's blow holes interestingly look a lot like a huge upside down human nose. They are 20 inches (50cm) wide, just about spacious enough for a human being to snuggly fit inside. Blue whales have a lung capacity of 5000 liters and an exhalation rate that reaches speeds of over 600 km/h.