I dressed my dolls as a princess, witch and a celebrity. Whose costume do you like best?
At number 17 is the:
The Blue Glaucus is a type of sea slug and spend its time floating upside-down on the surface of the Pacific, Atlantic and the Indian ocean. It swallows an air bubble and lets the wind take it away. It might seem harmless because of how peaceful it is, but it is not. It has two tricks that make it so interesting. First, the colourings make it camouflage from both sides. When under the water, the gray back of this slug is hard for the animals under the water to see it. When above, the blue belly camouflages with the water. The next trick is that it feeds on a group of animals like the jellyfish especially the Portuguese Man of War jellyfish. Some sea slugs can eat dangerous things like that. Then, the poison gets transferred to the finger like fins. The small animal is only about 3 cm long!
The next animal coming up for spot 18 is the:
The Irrawaddy Dolphin
I find that the Irrawaddy dolphin might not be the weirdest but I wonder why they named it a dolphin not a porpoise. Look at the picture. A dolphin has a long and slim beak but this dolphin has a round and short beak. These dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia, and in three rivers: the Irrawaddy, the Mahakam and the Mekong. Sadly, only between 78 and 91 individuals are only estimated to still live. They are on a high risk of extinction in the wild. These dolphins are mostly threatened by bycatch, the accidental capture of aquatic animals in fishing gear. The WWF are helping these animals. On their website you can "adopt" a dolphin and donate to help.
The next animal claiming the spot for number 19 is the:
The Pink Fairy Armadillo
The Pink Fairy Armadillo is the smallest armadillo out there. They are only 5 inches long and have a rosy pink shell with soft white fur on the belly. Unlike most armadillos, they don't rely on their shell to protect themselves but use it like a radiator. They pump blood in and out to raise or lower their core temperature. They almost spend their entire life underground hunting invertebrates and plant matter. They are extremely rare. Conservation biologist Mariella Superina of Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council has been studying other armadillos in the pink fairy’s habitat for more than 10 years and has never once seen one in the wild. She has only seen them is they are brought in because of injury or if confiscated from people who them as pets. They live in Argentina, South America in the dry grasslands and sandy plains.