Walking Fish! Meet The Mudskipper!

Ever heard of walking fish or fish that can walk on land or even fly? Nature can leave you spellbound with its extraordinarily miraculous creatures. Meet the mudskippers, a strange breed of fish that can swim in water, walk on land and fly in the air!

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Fish that walks on land – Mudskipper

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Mudskippers are amphibious fish meaning they live on land as well as in water. They have modified pectoral fins (in the upper part of their bodies) which they use as legs, to walk in shallow water and on land. They spend most of their time on land, returning to the water only to store water periodically in their gills. You can find these little creatures perched on mangrove roots. They can grow as long as 4 inches to 12 inches long.

Where are Mudskippers found?

They usually inhabit swampy land like mangroves and river estuaries. In India you can see these walking fish in the mangroves of Sunder bans. Mudskippers can also be seen in other places around the globe as in West Africa, Polynesian islands, Japanese coasts, Philippines and Australia.

Fish that can fly

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Can you imagine fish flying? Well, Mudskippers can fly too! They can actually flip in the air up to a height of 2 feet using their muscular bodies.

These remarkable creatures even fight to defend their territories! A mudskipper calls its opponent for a duel by raising the fin on its back.

So how do they breathe?

Mudskippers breathe with their gills as normal fish do when in water. Before going on land, they have this marvelous ability to store water in their gill chambers. They can also breathe thru their moist skin as amphibians do.

Check out this exclusive documentary by Planet Doc on mudskippers. Kids will find it very interesting.

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7 Nightmarish Short Horror Stories You’ve Ever Read

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In the dead of the night, an eerie sound cuts across the silence and then the clock strikes twelve. Then what? Tired of similar stuff? It’s time for a nice, creepy horror story that sends shivers down your spine. Check out these short horror snippets submitted by users in response to an Ask Reddit thread for 2 sentence horror stories.

The response was good with lots of ghost stories in two sentences, that’s all.  Enough for you to turn on the lights in the middle of the night, today!

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7 Best Short Horror Stories You’ve Ever Heard Of

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Did you enjoy these? Do you have any more horror snippets that we could share here? Do let me know!

 

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Eggs with two yolks – Unhealthy or Unlucky?

So you got an entire batch of eggs with two yolks? Though it looks kind of weird, don’t be startled. I just found half a dozen double yolk eggs(in picture). Eggs with two yolks are neither unhealthy nor unlucky. So let’s do some egg-sploring and check out why they are fit for human consumption.

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Why do eggs have double yolks?

Hens have this tendency to lay eggs with double yolks at an average frequency of 1 in a 1000 times. This happens when two ova are released by a hen’s ovary and entrapped in a single shell simultaneously.

Double yolk eggs are usually laid by young hens that still haven’t got used to regular egg laying cycles. Certain hybrid breeds of hens also have a higher tendency to lay eggs with two yolks. Eggs with two yolks, if fertilized are incapable of producing two chicks, as there is no space inside for two. Usually both the chicks die. However, the double yolk eggs for sale at grocery stores are not fertilized. Sometimes a hen can even lay an egg with no yolk at all! Yolk less eggs are called wind eggs!

So are they safe to eat? Absolutely! They have all the nutrients that eggs with a single yolk have.

Double yolk eggs superstition

There is some superstition associated with such eggs. Finding eggs with two yolks is linked to an impending marriage or the birth of twins. As with other omens, you can simply laugh it off or take it lightly.

So the next time you find eggs with two yolks, don’t be startled. Simply whip them up for a nice eggelicious surprise.

 

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Kodinhi – Multiple Twin Birth – A Weird Fact

Kodinhi village in Kerala, India has a phenomenal number of twin births than any other place in India! Sounds bizarre? It is true – Kodinhi is a village in Calicut district, Kerala which has the most number of twins in India. Around 250 pairs of twins reside here. Most of them are same sex twins. What could be the reason behind this surprising trend of mothers giving birth to twins?

High Rate Of Twin Birth – Kodinhi

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The oldest pair of twins (born way back in 1949) in Kodinhi mention that this has started happening since the last 3 generations. Before this, the occurrence of multiple twin births was not so high. In fact, the situation now is such that there are six times more twin births here than the global average taken together. This fact is a bit confusing as India has the lowest rate of twin births as compared to the other countries of the world.

Kodinhi Location

Kodinhi is located approximately 32 km to the south of Calicut district and another 30 km to the west of Malappuram district in Kerala, India. This beautiful village is surrounded on 3 sides by mesmerizing backwaters and one side is connected to Tirurangadi, the nearest town.

Kodinhi Twin Birth –  Surprising Facts

Women from this village married off to other places, are known to bear twins! Another amazing fact is that over the last few years, the number of twin births in this village have shown a sudden increase! To attribute this fact to possible pollutants would be wrong as all these twins are born healthy without any deformities! The diet of these people is not any different from the rest of Kerala. This means there is something in the genes of the women in Kodinhi that causes a twin birth. Researchers are in the process of finding out the exact cause behind the high rate of twin births here!

Association For Twins In Kodinhi (TAKA)

The birth of twins calls for additional finances. It also takes a huge toll on the mothers’ health. To help the twins and their families, the residents of Kodinhi came up with a novel idea. They started the Twins And Kin Association (TAKA) in the year 2008 to provide support for twins and their families. This association also maintains registration records of all the twins born in Kodinhi.

Places In The World With Multiple Twin Births

A  phenomenon similar to multiple twin births in Kodinhi can be seen in Igbo-Ora, a town in Nigeria and Cândido Godói in Brazil.

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