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A ripped Beluga whale shows its six pack

Beluga whales can get ripped.

Photographer David Merron caught this muscular male off the coast of Canada flashing his six-pack.

Recounted Merron: ‘It looks like this whale has put in a lot of days at the gym!’

A ripped Beluga whale shows its six pack

The beach body must have paid off. The spiffed up whale soon cozied up to a female companion for a kiss.

Known for their blubber, it must be extremely rare to find a whale that flexes like Arnold Schwarzenegger with abs of steel.

“I’d been watching whales every day for weeks, and I hadn’t notice any of the whales with particularly ripped bods – so I was fairly shocked,” said Merron who took the photos at the Cunningham River in Somerset Island, Canada.

“When you think of a whale, covered in blubber, you don’t think of toned abdominals – especially the beluga whales, who spend their lives in the coldest of waters and have blubber 10-15cm thick to keep them warm,” he added.

The beluga whale is also known to have facial muscle that help it smile.

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Animals Nature Science

Venice, Italy from space before and after coronavirus lockdown

Once the epicenter of the Coronavirus, Italy has seen its popular cities like Venice deserted.

Check out these before and after photos of Venice from space prior to the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

Venice, Italy from space before and after coronavirus lockdown

The people’s pollution?

Human absence is having an environmental impact on the city.

Dolphins are purportedly swimming through the city’s canals and the swans have returned.

One can see also little fish swimming in clear waters, also an unexpected side effect of the pandemic.

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Nature Science

Rare Hominin skull excavated in Ethiopia

Paleontologists have discovered a 3.8 million-year-old skull in Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia that reveals the face of a male Australopithecus anamensis.

The newfound hominin cranium provides new information about our earliest ancestors.

Rare Hominin skull excavated in Ethiopia
Rare Hominin skull excavated in Ethiopia

Hominin bones before Lucy, the 3.2m-year-old iconic skeleton, previously served as a missing link in explaining the human evolutionary tree.

The leading scientist of the study, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, describes the unearthed skull a “game changer in our understanding of human evolution”.

The precious discovery of the Australopithecine as reported via Nature now represents the face of our oldest direct ancestor.

Yohannes Haile-Selassie with the complete skull of Australopithecus anamensis
Yohannes Haile-Selassie with the complete skull of Australopithecus anamensis
Rare Hominin skull excavated in Ethiopia
Rare Hominin skull excavated in Ethiopia
Rare Hominin skull excavated in Ethiopia
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Architecture & Design Nature

Xavi Bou’s ‘Ornitografías’: If birds left tracks in the sky…

Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou turns bird flight into art in a project he calls Ornitografías.

Using his degrees in geology and photography and experience as a lighting technician in the fashion industry, Bou extracts high-resolution photos from video stills to illustrate the path of birds in motion.

The result is a spectacular piece of art hinged on the physics and mathematics of flight.

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Radiant Sodalite mineral rock

How neat is this sodalite mineral rock?

A rare discovery, sodalite rocks form from crystallized from sodium-rich magmas and are typically blue or violet in nature.

Think of the sodalite as a normal stone with special effects — a la tenebrescence — that make the minerals glow when exposed to light. Check out its cousin, the fire opal.

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Float Like a Dragontail Butterfly…

The green dragontail butterfly (Lamproptera meges) of South and Southeast Asia is a mesmerizing insect.

Small and delicate, it is one of the few species of swallowtail butterfly with transparent wings. With a life span of 7 to 12 days, Earth’s real-life fairies are truly nature’s flying jewel.

Dragontail Butterfly
Float Like a Dragontail Butterfly…

Credit to wildlife photographer Kazuo Unno for snatching these photos of the whirring creatures — like poetry in motion!

If you like the dragontail butterfly, be sure to check out the dead leaf butterfly as well. Also worth viewing: the beautiful Archduke butterfly in its baby caterpillar state.

Float Like a Dragontail Butterfly…
Float Like a Dragontail Butterfly…
Float Like a Dragontail Butterfly…