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Nature Nuggets

Things you might not know about the natural world...

Flying Dragon

Draco volans, or the Flying Dragon, can spread out folds of skin attached to its movable ribs to form "wings" that it uses to glide from tree to tree over distances upwards of 8 metres  Its wings are brightly coloured with orange, red and blue spots and stripes, and they provide camouflage when folded. It is native to the southwest tropical forests of Asia and India. For a video of the Flying Dragon in action, look here.

Photograph and text, modified, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Common Dolphin

Dolphins do sleep with one eye open and rest one half of their brain but this is not the easiest way to tell a dolphin from a porpoise. Dolphins tend to have prominent, elongated “beaks”. The dolphin’s hooked or curved dorsal fin also differs from the porpoise’s triangular dorsal fin, which is more than half-way along its back. Generally speaking, dolphin bodies are leaner, and porpoises’ more portly.  And dolphins leap while porpoises loop. For more about marine mammals visit our Living Seas page.         

Photograph of Common Dolphin courtesy of Wikipedia.