If you were this Shark you would have a really cool, super sensitive beard or a spiky chin full of feeling. You would also have a concentration of fine hairlike extensions connected to nerves under the skin of your head, and you could sense the slightest movement. You could close your eyes and feel a bird fly overhead, showers would feel awesome especially when followed by a fan? You would have massages where they just move their hands around behind you without touching you? And you would always win blind man’s bluff. You would also have a compulsion to bite things that pass by and would not want to let them go (on some occasions a wobbegong has only let go of a diver when they left the water). And you would be very patient, a sit and wait predator that eats sit and wait predators. Guardian: Jason Allen
Danaus chrysippus, also known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae. It is a medium-sized, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species. Both Monarchs and Tigers belong to the genus Danaus. They are large butterflies, characterised by their orange wings, which have a black apex and white subapical spots. On the males there is a patch of raised androconial ( pheromone emitting ) scales on the hindwings. They have a slow undulating flight, with fairly shallow wing beats. In Africa the hindwings of Danaus chrysippus are usually predominantly white, a form known as alcippus. The type form chrysippus is scarce in West Africa but forms between 10-50% of most East African populations. In this area, I saw both species.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.