To further celebrate the Bold Riley Kickstarter, I wanted to offer everyone the fine opportunity to also have a piece of the action by doing a signal boosting giveaway.
What’s up for grabs?
- Why a sketched and signed copy of The Legend of Bold Riley Volume 1 by Leia…
Happy International Women’s Day!
Take a moment to appreciate the women in your life and the women around the world who work hard, learn, create, teach, empower others, and work towards bettering this world. Appreciate women of color, lesbian women, pansexual women, asexual women, and bisexual women, and the gender non-conforming women.
And if you’re a woman, take a moment to appreciate yourself and all that you’ve done and dream to do. Appreciate your strength to survive in a world that does its best to keep us down.
5 more pokemons.
Here’s another in my series of salamanders elegantly wearing vegetation. Some blue-spotted salamanders (Ambystoma laterale) are part of an absolutely bonkers complex of salamander species with some hybrid members reproducing without males (sort of). It’s too much to explain here, but I encourage you to read about it!
I lived smack dab in the middle of an area where the Blue-spotted and Jefferson hybridize. To that end I have no idea what this cutie qualifies as:
(Writing assignment for my marine megafauna course - thought ppl on here might find it interesting, haha)
Hector’s dolphin is one of the world’s smallest cetaceans. Mature adults only reach a length of 1.2–1.6 meters. As a member of the genus Cephalorhynchus, it does not whistle, but uses clicks for echolocation and communication. Like many species of dolphins, the Hector’s dolphin is curious and will approach tourist boats, and swimming with these cute little marine mammals is a major tourist attraction in New Zealand, where divers and tourists are instructed not to touch the dolphins on account of the sensitivity of their skin.
Hector’s dolphin, Cephalorhynchus hectori, is one of four species in the genus Cephalorhynchus, along with the Commerson’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) which is found off the tip of South America and around the Kerguelen Islands, the Chilean dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) which is found off the coast of Chile, and the Heaviside’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) which is found off the west coast of southern Africa. The Hector’s dolphin is endemic to the waters of New Zealand - it is found nowhere else on earth. There are two accepted subspecies- the nominate C. h. hectori, which is more numerous and the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin (C.h. maui). The Māori names for the Hector’s dolphin include - “tutumairekurai” (meaning “special ocean dweller”) or “tupoupou” (meaning “rise vertically”). Hector’s dolphin is named for Sir James Hector (1834-1907), who first collected and examined specimens of this dolphin in 1869.
Hector’s dolphin is characterized by its small size, weighing only 40-60 kg, with females being slightly larger than males. It has handsome grey, black, and white markings, which are somewhat more subtle than some other members of its genus, including a “mask”-like marking around its face, a white throat, and a white stripe along its flank. Hector’s dolphin has a short, rounded dorsal fin that is undercut on the trailing edge. Its snout is short and blunt, lacking the “beak” that many larger dolphins possess. The Hector’s dolphin is, as stated earlier, endemic to New Zealand, where most of the population is found in the shallower waters around the South Island up to 34km from the coast. There are estimated to be around 8,000-10,000 Hector’s dolphins remaining today.
Female Hector’s dolphins only give birth to a single calf every two to four years - when their previous offspring are fully independent. The gestation period is typically about 11 months. At birth, a calf weighs only 8–10 kg and measures 60-80 cm in length. Calves are usually born in the late spring or early summer. The dolphins reach sexual maturity at between five and nine years of age, with females becoming mature somewhat later than males. They have a fairly elaborate courtship, in which they will chase one another and perform belly displays. The dolphins are sociable, living in groups of 5-12 animals. Young dolphins may play with pieces of seaweed, blow bubbles, and engage in other social games that help them form bonds. Their lifespan in the wild can be up to 20 years.
Like most dolphins, Hector’s dolphins hunt together in small groups. The dolphins typically forage in waters shallower than 100 meters, although there appears to be seasonal variation, with the animals moving further from shore in winter. They are thought to be generalist feeders, feeding both on the seafloor and near the surface. They eat a variety of fish including mullet, herring, and red cod. Since many of the small fish the dolphins eat are also valued by humans, the dolphins run a high risk of becoming caught in fishing nets. The dolphins will also feed on squids, crabs, and other small marine creatures.
Dolphins use echolocation to navigate and find prey, and Hector’s dolphin is no exception. The dolphins send out high-frequency clicks that bounce off of objects, allowing them to “see” fish and obstacles in the water. However they do not tend to use their echolocation while traveling in familiar areas, which may be a contributing factor to their frequent ensnarement in fishing nets. This may be surprising to some, since dolphins are typically believed to have few accidents because they do everything “on porpoise”.
In the 1970s there were nearly 30,000 Hector’s dolphins in New Zealand. Today there may be less than 10,000. The Hector’s dolphin is listed by IUCN as Endangered and the Maui’s dolphin is listed as Critically Endangered. The dolphins’ biggest threat is from gillnet fishing. Each year approximately 100-150 Hector’s dolphins become entangled in fishing nets and drown. Since they reproduce slowly their population cannot recover quickly enough from these losses, leading to a substantial population decline. Hector’s dolphins are also threatened by pollution, habitat destruction, and disturbance from boats and other vessels. In some areas the dolphins are a major tourist attraction, but there are fears that too much human activity and interaction may put stress on the dolphins and their habitat. New Zealand conservation authorities and international groups are attempting to save the Hector’s dolphin by establishing marine reserves and reducing the threat from gillnet bycatch. One method which has been implemented to prevent catching dolphins in nets is to use audio “pinger” devices to alert the animals to the presence of nets and deter them from becoming entangled.
Dr. Liz Slooten of the University of Otago is one of the current leading experts on the Hector’s dolphin and other marine mammals of New Zealand. Since the 1980s she has studied the dolphins and their plight - becoming an expert in population modelling using various research techniques to propose conservation efforts and stop dolphin bycatch. She is widely recognized for her research and conservation efforts in New Zealand. In 1992 she helped found the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust. Dr. Slooten represents New Zealand at the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, and is a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group. She has also co-authored a dolphin-watching handbook titled “Dolphins Down-Under: Understanding the New Zealand Dolphin.
- Stone et al., 1999, “Pinger Use on Gillnets Instruction & Background Information” report by New Zealand Dept. of Conservation http://www.doc.govt.nz/publications/conservation/marine-and-coastal/pinger-use-on-gillnets-instruction-and-background-information/
- Stone et al., 2005, “Hector’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) satellite tagging, health and genetic assessment project” http://www.doc.govt.nz/publications/conservation/native-animals/marine-mammals/hector%27s-dolphin-cephalorhynchus-hectori-hectori-satellite-tagging-health-and-genetic-assessment-project/
- New Zealand Dept. of Conservation, “Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin incident database” report. http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/marine-mammals/dolphins/hectors-dolphin/docs-work/hectors-and-mauis-dolphin-incident-database/
London Comic Con October 2013
Hot fucking DAMN Assassins from all over the world and a shitton of different time periods?!
Rifle Assassin in the third gif could get it so hard.
NOW I WANNA DO A MEXICAN REVOLUTION ASSASSIN OMFG
COWBOY ASSASSIN THO
SOLDIER ASSASSIN THO
OK, can I say I love this not just because of the variation of time periods and the awesome shooting but because all of the assassin cosplayers are visually different
not only is there a good amount of women in there, but also everybody has a lot of bodily variation and different silhouettes, they’re cosplayers, REAL PEOPLE dressing up rather than video game people or specifically-cast models or actors picked to look a certain way, so we get so much more of an organic variety.
And it doesn’t matter if ANYONE thinks they don’t look ‘right’, when you’re shot this way, when you work it, when you’re confident, you can be of any body type and you will always look awesome.
goal: join these people one day with my own cosplay
Just going to add this link to this group’s official Facebook!