The Oddities of Nature

Nature is full of surprises and oddities, ranging from the landscape of bubbling, strange animals, plants and any other feature of nature, including the human being some of which that seems to be too strange to exist; however, there are real, and they exist in nature. This paper seeks to highlight some of the oddities of life that are too strange to believe that they exist, yet they exist.

In spite the small size, the Brown Hornbill can protect itself from dangerous wild animals and birds using a simple strategy of crying hawk. Other birds on the hand use other strategies to warn fellow birds of the impending danger (Ash, p. 64). Hornbill can produce a signal that alerts several species, including the large pied currawong. Through this alarm, the hornbill can have its chicks escape within no minute. It is amazing that a hornbill can mimic several species of birds, some of which are bigger in a cunning way. Similarly, there is a Chinese village known as Houtou, located on Shengsi Island. This village has been abandoned for over 50 years. Currently, it has become a beautiful home, covered with the green and is one of the biggest tourist attraction areas in the area (Ash, p. 45).

Another oddity of nature is the harmless caterpillar that mimics dangerous snake heads in a bid to fool the predators. To escape being attacked by the predators, Dynasty Darius, in its pupil stage where the larvae change into a moth take the form of a dangerous snake to fool the predators (Ash, p. 37). In particular cases, D. Darius mimics the head of a Gaboon pit viper, where it has managed to fool even the toughest predators. Albinism, as we all know is mostly familiar with the human beings, but not wild community. This is because the bodies of the wild animals, including birds, do not produce melanin pigment cells. Albinistic creatures do not show pigmented features. Instead, they have white feathers or fur with the eye color which is usually pink of aberrant in color. On rare occasions, one meet two color anomalies of the same species. However, a woodpecker has been found in both melanistic and a leucistic variety of colors. Leucism produces the light color, and the melanin brings about the dark coloration in the eye which is absent in albinism.

Additionally, there is a particular species of plants found in Asia and South Pacific known as a telegraph. These plants have a credible ability to shake their leaves, rotate them in an axis and jerk them up and down even when there is no wind. Few plants have this ability to shake and turn their leaves.

The bombardier beetle releases boiling liquids from the body as a way of a defense mechanism.  This is mostly noticed when they are threatened by predators. They usually release the chemicals from the abdomen so quickly up to seventy times at a time. The discharge is a combination of the hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinones which mix in the stomach of the beetle to produce a chemical reaction (Behme, p. 76). The discharge is poisonous to the small animals and human beings.  On the other hand, some of the species of salmon show a complex and unusual migration. This type of movement allows them to hatch their eggs in streams where they spend the initial cycle of their life in the fresh water lakes and rivers. After growing to some inches, they migrate to the oceans where they adapt to the chemical environment of the salt water, where they spend yet another one year. In the process of their growth, they migrate for thousands of miles as they search for food. At the last phase of their life, they migrate from the ocean to the upriver and up streams where they started their life. They eventually die with their decaying bodies releasing nutrients to the newly laid eggs (Behme, P. 29). The produced eggs are then hatched to start a new life that follows the same unusual cycle.

There is a rock- like elephant in Italy which is a mass of trachyte stone that stands next to the State Road 134. It is believed that the rock was part of the Rocky complex of Monte Casteddazzu. However, the areas of the rock broke off and found its way to the valley next to the road.   In Argentina, close to the outskirt with Bolivia, the Hornocal mountain range is a sight that numerous portray as enthralled and unbelievable. There is a scope of superb hues and in some cases doesn’t look genuine,” picture taker Kevin Zaouali, who has caught dreamlike images of the ordinary ponder. What’s more, the mountain range’s remoteness adds to its quality of the puzzle. Relatively few sightseers visit the Hornocal Mountains because the tight, rock street that prompts to the territory is distant by transport (Bredekamp, p. 74).

Nature presents things in a funny and surprising ways that leave people wondering whether some of these things exist or not. There are a lot of oddities that have turned to be the tourist attraction in the localities where they are found.

 

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