Reality Check – Debunking Myths and Misconceptions

The Misunderstood Sloth:

Not so lazy

Sloths living in their natural habitat actually only sleep an average of nine hours a day, according to wildlife research and observation…debunking the MYTH that sloths are lazy creatures who sleep all day.  In fact, this misinformation was based on observation of sloths in captivity, who were living in cages.  Who wouldn’t want to sleep all day under those circumstances? 😉

Sloths are also the only animals that can turn their heads 360 degrees like an owl.  How crazy is that? #gtfo

Naturally inclined to climb trees, they have difficulty crossing streets.  Human encroachment and development is leading to more fatalities.

To learn more about sloths, watch the documentary, A Sloth Named Velcro.  After her mom was run over by a car, Velcro was rescued by a young journalist named Ana Salceda who at the time knew nothing about sloths. It was an incredible life changing journey for both.  Velcro now lives in her natural habitat.  Look out for founder and head of AIUNAU Foundation, Tinka Plese, whose rescue and rehabilitation work with wildlife (including sloths) in Columbia combines modern and natural, alternative treatments (http://www.aiunau.org/en/ ).

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Cool Truths About Sharks:

The goblin shark, or alien shark, got its name because of its chilling appearance and deep-water dwelling.  They are rarely seen since they live at great depths and hide out under mountain ranges.  Their skin is actually translucent.  That’s why it appears to be pink to the human eye because you’re seeing the red coloration from the shark’s capillaries.  See rare footage on Shark Sider, http://www.sharksider.com/goblin-shark/ .

The basking shark, one of 3 plankton-eating sharks, swims in pairs.  They’re often spotted in schools of up to 100 sharks.  They’re the second largest living fish.  The first is the whale shark.  The basking shark is a passive creature that was given its name because it is slow moving and enjoys basking in the sun.  In fact, the only danger it presents to humans is its extremely rough skin.  Learn more at https://www.sharktrust.org/en/basking_shark_project/ .

The great white shark’s ancestor, the Megalodon, lived over 2.6 million years ago.  The name Megalodon literally translates to “big tooth” in Ancient Greek.  To give you an idea of its size, it was as large as a school bus, and ate whales like they were minnows.  Their bite is said to have been the most powerful bite of any animal that’s ever lived.  To learn more, http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/videos/megalodon-monster-shark/.

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