Australian Ghost Shark (Callorhinchus milii)
Also known as the Elephant Shark, Makrepe and the plownose chimaera, the Australian ghost shark is a species of chimaera ( a type of cartilaginous fish) found off of Southern Australia and parts of New Zealand. As its common name suggests the elephant shark has a long snout which resembles a trunk or a plow, this snout is used as a probe to aid the chimaera in finding small invertebrates and fish that are hidden in the sediment. Recently, the elephant shark genome has been proposed to be sequenced as a model species for the cartilaginous fish, as it has a small genome size and could help understand the evolution of early vertebrates.
Big Horn Sheep on Abert Rim
Bighorn sheep climbing along Abert Rim in South central Oregon in Lake County. Abert Rim and Lake Abert are both great places to find wildlife. These public lands are managed by the Lakeview District of the Bureau of Land Management.
More info here: on.doi.gov/YIimD0
And for more recreation in southern Oregon, check out our handy online search tool: www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/search/
Photo: Kevin Abel, Lakeview District
oculi-ds: “Gentoo Love Song” - (photo by Tony Beck)
Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua)
Eastern Red Bat (Lasiurus borealis)
…is a species of vesper bat native to the eastern United States, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and some Bahamian islands. Like most bats the eastern red bat is nocturnal and feeds mostly on flying insects like moths, beetles and flies which are usually caught on the wing. Eastern red bats are highly migratory and will move south for the winter and north during the spring. Weirdly enough male and female populations migrate at different times and have different ranges in the summer. Thanks to its thick fur and small ears this solitary bat can survive freezing temperatures during hibernation, they will also wrap their wings around their body for extra insulation!
Despite its name, the maned wolf is not a wolf at all, nor is it a fox, coyote, or dog. It is the only member of the Chrysocyon genus, making it a truly unique animal, not closely related to any other living canid. One hypothesis for this is that the maned wolf is the last surviving species of the Pleistocene Extinction, which wiped out all other large canids from the continent.