Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Real or Imaginary?

November 6, 2012: Why is it that we at Iranigami say that NOC, the beluga whale who could mimic human speech, is “real,” whereas the 52-hertz whale is an Imaginary?

The simple answer is, any animal that does not fit into an existing scientific genus and species should be considered an Imaginary until proven otherwise.

The 52-hertz whale has unusual migration patterns and an unusual song. Whales spend many years with their mothers, and they continue to cluster together at certain times of year throughout their lives. If the 52-hertz whale had been born of a non-Imaginary mother whale, even if he were very different from the others, he would have become familiar to the other whales in his pod. And even if he communicated in a different way than the other whales, he would have had years of practice learning to adapt to the ways of his kind before growing up and going out on his own.

Another possibility is that he may have lost his mother so young, he never learned to adapt to the ways of his whale family. But it’s highly unlikely that a young whale would survive to become an adult without a parent to care for him and teach him the ways of the ocean.

We think it is more likely that this particular whale was born of an Imaginary mother whale, now dead, who also sang at 52 hertz and swam in migration patterns unfamiliar to the blue whales. Since scientists have only recently been able to record the sounds of whales under the sea with any degree of accuracy, the existence of other 52-hertz whales – this whale’s mother, and their pod – might not have been detected.

So is this whale real, or Imaginary? We think the latter. What do you think? XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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