April 04, 2013

Swarms Facts

  • With the exception of females and cubs, grizzly bears are typically solitary mammals.

  • Although grizzly bears are powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, a lot of their diet is made up of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots.

  • Although they can weigh 800 pounds, grizzlies have been recorded moving at 30 miles an hour.

  • Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, live farther north than any other non-human primates. These monkeys have thick coats that help them survive the chilly temperatures of central Japan's highlands.

  • Walruses are sociable, gathering in herds of hundreds.

  • Weighing in at one and a half tons, a walrus’s blubber keeps it comfortable in the frigid Arctic.

  • Killer bees, also called Africanized bees, are said to react to disturbances ten times faster than European Honey Bees.

  • Killer bees have been known to chase a person as far as a quarter of a mile.

  • Thanks to the shrimplike crustaceans they eat, flamingos have a pink color. In captivity, they pale if their diet is not supplemented.

  • Within just a week of birth, wildebeest calves are able to keep up with the herd.

  • Millions of golden jellyfish fill Palau’s Jellyfish Lake. The jellies spend their days migrating across the lake as they follow the sun’s arc. They begin to swim each morning around 6am.

  • Red crabs are only found on Christmas Island in Australia. Around 120 million of these invertebrates cover the rainforest floor.

  • Every year during June and July, huge shoals of sardines as long as several miles travel north to the waters of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

  • A desert locust swarm can be 460 square miles big, with between 40 and 80 million locusts in the swarm. A locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of that size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day.

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