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Hiding in plain sight 2

In the first post of this series, we asked you to spot the hidden animals in a range of photographs. Some of you were more successful than others, but now we’re back with even more photos and this time some of the animals are even harder to spot!

Many animals have evolved to perfectly blend into their environment to avoid being eaten by predators, or even to be more efficient predators themselves. Good luck finding the animals in the following pictures! Once again, we’re not going to help!

 

arctichare

lesserkudu

mossyleaftailedgecko

longfingeredscorpionfish

brittlestar

tawnyfrogmouthowl

 

Did you see them all?

Much love,

-Nick

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Snapshot Serengeti: The Game

Several months ago I found a great online research project from the Zooniverse Team entitled “Snapshot Serengeti“.

Here they present an amazing and simple idea; they placed camera traps throughout the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to take photos and collect information on wild species that live in the area and their interactions with each other and they need you to help them analyse them!

For the last month they managed to build an immense database of millions of images and designed a process that makes it seem like a game while at the same time you and me will be helping science. So why not try it?

The rules are simple; you are presented with a random photo and on the right you’ll have to select the correct species you are seeing, the number of animals in the picture, their behaviour and if there are any young present. Once you are done, you simply click “Identify” and “Finish”, and you are ready to move on to the next capture. Simple right?

Because the cameras sensors are triggered by temperature in front of the camera versus ambient temperate sometimes you can just be looking at a nice landscape instead of a curious animal but who wouldn’t love to see great photos from the Serengeti anyway?

Here are a few photos I helped classify last season:

 

Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Thomson's Gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Baboon Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) at night Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Antelope at night Photo

 

 

It’s just like a game, it’s free and you’ll be helping scientists!

Give it a try!

 

Love,

~Sofia.

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Hiding in plain sight

Previously we’ve discussed how the impala uses camouflage to escape and/or confuse predators. Many animals employ this technique in the wild and sometimes they will be just in front of us and we still can’t seem to see them.

Today we would like to share a few amazing photos from Mr. Art Wolfe that exemplifies exactly how fantastic animals’ camouflages can be.

Try to find the animal(s) in each photo. No help given!

 

Hidding in plain sight game - Find the animal (camouflage)

Hidding in plain sight game - Find the animal (camouflage)

Hidding in plain sight game - Find the animal (camouflage)

Hidding in plain sight game - Find the animal (camouflage)

Hidding in plain sight game - Find the animal (camouflage)

Hidding in plain sight game - Find the animal (camouflage)

Did you find them all?

~Sofia.

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