It’s the end of the week and for those you us stuck working and not enjoying a much-needed vacation, it means the final day before a weekend of fun! But before we crack open a cold one, there are still a few more hours in the day. No better way to countdown to the weekend than a quick spin around this week’s Friday Smorgasbord of the wild and weird. Without further delay…
Long in the tooth
The amazing Greenland shark is one of the oldest living creatures with one estimated at being close to 400 years old. In fact, studies show these slow movers don’t achieve sexual maturity until 150 years of age.
A tough neighborhood
This is one crab that doesn’t want to be turned into a meal. We aren’t sure where this video was taken, but this appears to be similar to a Cardisoma guanhumi. All we know is this is one tough customer.
Making it rain
This Dallas startup called SuntoWater turns ambient air into fresh water. By using salt, the unit absorbs the water from the air, bakes it, turns it into steam and finally condenses the vapor into water — all without Freon. Pretty amazing.
Little plastic house for you and me
Plastic litter and waste is a huge issue and exactly what to do with all this waste, is a huge conundrum. In case you haven’t heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, its a floating mass of debris (most of it plastics) the size of the state of Texas. One entrepreneur has the idea to turn plastics into compressed bricks that can be used as building materials. The company, ByFusion, produces blocks that are more eco-friendly to make than concrete blocks. In addition, they require no adhesives, and are strong insulators.
Going the extra and muddy mile
This baby eagle found itself stuck in some thick coastal mud in Poland, when this nature photographer decided to lend a hand to save him. After rescue, the bird was washed and cleaned before being released in a refuge.