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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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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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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Is A Siphonophore an Imaginary?

Query: I saw a news report about a purple deep-sea creature called a siphonophore that is made up of thousands of smaller creatures called zooids. It has a scientific name, but it looked so odd, I had to wonder if it was real or an Imaginary. How can you tell the difference?

Answer: Some creatures once thought to be Imaginaries are now classified as “real” because they have been assigned a taxonomic designation in the scientific classification of living things. The siphonophore is one of these.

Conversely, some creatures once thought to be “real” are now considered Imaginaries because people no longer believe in them, or because they are extinct, or because there are no reliable records proving their existence.

It’s not the distinction between real and Imaginary that matters the most. It’s whether we do our best to care for them, and treat them with the respect they deserve, that truly makes the difference.

Here at Iranigami, we encourage you to preserve, protect and defend all creatures, real or Imaginary, in any way that you can.


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