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Animals

The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines

Here’s a creature that will stop you in your tracks.

Endemic to the Philippines, the giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) grows as large as 3 feet with a wingspan of 5-6 feet.

It is one of the largest bats in the world.

You’d think that the megabat the size of a 6-year-old kid would be a threat but it’s actually harmless — it’s vegetarian and primarily munches on fruit. As pollinators, the bats even help spread seeds.

Unfortunately, the species is endangered and facing extinction due to poaching in the forest.

The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
Photo: Gregg Yann
The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
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The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
Twitter/@Welcomet0nature
The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
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Nature Travel

Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world

With a population of 51,803 people, Coron Island located in the north of the Palawan Province, Philippines, is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

With endless shades of tropical blue and stunning ecological features, it really does look like paradise.

On a historical note, Japan used the island as a refueling base during World War II. There are known to be some shipwrecks around as well.

Check out more images of Coron Island after the jump!

Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world
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Nature

The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital, showering Manila with ash and lava

The Taal volcano in south Philippine capital Manila erupted on Sunday spewing ash and red hot lava, forcing 13,000 people to evacuate.

If you take a look at the photographs below, you can see the cloud of ash that blanketed towns near the volcano.

While no casualties nor major destruction have been reported, sources say that the Philippine capital is now at risk of a tsunami due to the volcano.

The last time the Taal Volcano erupted was in 1977.

The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital
The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital
The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital
The Taal volcano erupts in Philippine capital

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Culture & Society Nature Travel

Born to dive: The Bajau sea nomads spend 60% of their day underwater

The Bajau sea nomads are people from the Malay Archipelago (Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia).

Among the best divers in the world, the sea nomads act like the real mermaids — aquatic life is literally in their DNA.

According to a study from the journal Cell:

They are renowned for their extraordinary abilities, diving to depths of over 70 m with nothing more than a set of weights and a pair of wooden goggles (Schagatay, 2014) and spending 60% of their daily working time underwater (Schagatay et al., 2011).

They’ve evolved to harbor extreme breath-holding capabilities with up to 13 minutes underwater.

For thousands of years, the Bajau people have developed expanded spleens due to their dependency on diving underwater for food.

No one knows what originally compelled the Bajau to dive other than their need to survive and feed entire families.

Without experimentation, evolution does not exist. It is through struggle and adaptation we evolve.

Learn more in the video below.