Critters at Play

SC Fair Duck Slide
ThemeParkSushi – Oct 26, 2011 – 10:38
Here’s 10 minutes of uninterrupted duck slide from the South Carolina State Fair.

First saw this in a short clip on twitbook (h/t Ace of Spades). Searched and found this. At almost eleven minutes, didn’t think we’d watch the whole thing, but we did. Love the way they run back up.

Just to clarify – I didn’t build this thing. I have absolutely nothing to do with it. It’s been part of the livestock exhibit for as long as I can remember. I shot this video to be used in a time-lapse video of the fair (check my channel and you’ll see it). Someone asked me to post the entire raw video, so I did. If you want to discuss whether or not it’s animal abuse, that’s totally cool with me. Just keep in mind that I only shot the video here. I do not personally own a duck slide.

Ozzy Man Reviews: Beluga Whale vs Sea Gull
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Despite Ozzy’s snarky narration, it looks to me like the whale and the gull are engaging in friendly play. And sharing a fish.


Science, the Secret Ingredient

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Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps
1.8 Billion-Pixel Panorama
(narrated video)

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mar 4, 2020 – 3:09
NASA Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada guides this tour of the rover’s view of the Martian surface.

This panorama showcases “Glen Torridon,” a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. The panorama was taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019, when the Curiosity team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the rover would be sitting still with few other tasks to do while it waited for the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings several days in a row without moving.

Composed of more than 1,000 images and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the larger version of this composite contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape.

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