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Velvet Worm - Slime Guns
The velvet worm - among the phylum, Onychophora - hunts by shooting fast drying adhesive at its prey and yes, I know what you’re thinking. The segmented worm-like organism can range from 0.5 to 20cm long and slime glands are located in the center region of the body making up about 11% of the total body weight in slime which is made mostly of water and some proteins.
In order to detect prey it senses slight changes in air currents with bumps on its skin and chemical sensors on its antennae to let them essentially taste something to determine if its food. When a prey item is eventually encountered, the slime is forcefully squirted through oral papillae near the head and launched up to 30cm in a sort of spray-and-pray manner. Once the slime contacts the victim, it quickly dries ensnaring it, where now the worm then seeks to eat the organism by injecting its saliva and digestive enzymes turning the innards into a slurpee. Mmm delicious.
The velvet worm are primarily nocturnal ambush predators and their senses and locomotion allow them to hunt. They move silently and fluidly with pneumatically inflated sets of valves to inflate/deflate their legs, meaning they don’t really rely on muscles for movement and is why it looks so cool as they glide along the ground. Another awesome thing about them is they have a tubular heart that extends almost the entire length of the body creating an open circulatory system.
Here is a diagram of the velvet worm anatomy
Non-consensual artificial insemination is rape, and I don’t support that practice. I wonder why that isn’t considered animal abuse.
I am going to purchase a notebook in which to write all of the questions that I have.
Native Americans can be so gorgeous.
I think that the egg/dairy/meat industry is absolutely disgusting. I think that it’s *possible* for egg/dairy/meat to be humanely produced, but it doesn’t appear to be the current state of the industry, from the sources that I’ve been able to find. This link has some credible references on the living conditions of livestock. Though they aren’t all as current as I’d prefer, there are some dated in 2012 from the USDA.
I disagree with a meat/egg-containing diet being the default one. It disturbs me that some people foreclose on the decision to consume egg/dairy/meat before they have informed themselves of the conditions to which their food is exposed prior to being eaten, and considered whether the convenience/pleasure they gain from such a diet outweighs the suffering of other animals. According to The American Dietetic Association (ADA), eating meat is not necessary to maintain a healthy diet. See the rest of the ADA position statement here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864
Ultimately, it’s distressing that (a) people can be so uninformed about what they’re eating and/or (b) that they are apathetic to the suffering of another animal which isn’t necessary for their good health. I can’t help harboring disrespect for the informed decision to continue eating a non-vegan diet. Given the sources that I’ve found on livestock treatment, I am assuming that they are not humanely treated. If livestock are humanely treated in the future, my position will change.
small talk is the worst
tell me your darkest secrets or fuck off