They form the largest family of millipedes called Polydesmida which includes about 3,500 species. They have no eyes and vary in length from 3 to 130mm and their bright blue colour is said to be a deterrant for predators. The blue colour is said to warn predator of the toxic secretions these creatures scan produce!
I spotted this reptile, on the beach Mia Lakkos, Soullaroi, Paliki, Cephalonia island, Greece. After 2 years of trying to watch a caretta caretta hatchling, finally this year I was lucky enough to see at least one baby longerhead turtle , with the help of specialized Archelon volunteeers, taking it's first dive!
The blue peafowl (also know as indian peafowl) is a large and brightly coloured bird of the pheasant Family (Phasianidae) native to South Asia, but introduced and semi-feral in many other parts of the world. The males (peacocks) are colourful and the females (peahens) are almost all brown coloured.
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.