The glass octopus (Vitreledonella richardi) is a very rarely seen cephalopod found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. The species gets its name from its nearly-transparent body—you can see straight through to the optic nerve, eyes and digestive tract. These octopuses mostly live in the aphotic zone, meaning deep waters where sunlight doesn’t reach, at around 3,000 feet. They can grow to about 1.5 feet long and are estimated to live about 2-5 years.
The glass octopus lives in deep, hard-to-reach places, so there is much we don’t know about this translucent and luminescent cephalopod. So far, there have only been a few sightings and a few specimens recovered from the gut contents of their predators.
We now have new close-up footage of a glass octopus in the wild, thanks to a recent expedition in the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands Marine National…
One lucky little Elephant has captured the hearts of people across the internet after it was rescued from a mud pit in the Southern India state of Karnataka.
A video of the rescue operation staged by state forest officials has charmed netizens, as it also shows what some people say was an appreciative gesture from the Elephant, who turned to address the crane that helped to dig it out.
The incident took place in Siddapura Village in Coorg district of Karnataka, reported Indian Express.
A good Samaritan recorded and shared the clip, which has been viewed over one million times on Twitter alone. The beginning of the video shows the Elephant struggling to climb up and out of a slippery mud put. Each time it tries, it…
From foodies to road trippers, we’ve got plenty of gift ideas for the travelers on your list
With Thanksgiving just next week, there’s much to do – and that includes holiday shopping. To help us create our 2021 holiday gift guides, 10Best Editors partnered with a panel of our contributors to nominate their favorite items in six categories.
For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites. Click on each category below to see the top 10 gift ideas for each category.
Best Gifts for Adventurers: MPOWERD Solar Lights
MPOWERD Solar Lights are the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life — Photo courtesy of Sebastian Jacobo
This inflatable solar-powered lantern and charger is an ideal gift to bring on boating, hiking and backpacking trips or any outdoor adventure. Mpowerd’s Luci Pro Series solar light offers mobile charging, cool or matte white LEDs, and lasts up to 50 hours on a single charge. Perfect for cell phone charging and tent lighting while camping, this product truly puts “the power of the sun in your hands.”
Rocketbook brings the pen and paper experience into the modern age with a notebook that feels like paper but connects to the cloud for endless reusability. A damp cloth erases the page to a like-new state.
Best Gifts for Families: Artsy Fartsy Drawing Game
Artsy Fartsy is a great gift for the whole family — Photo courtesy of Artsy Fartsy
“This is NOT your parents’ drawing game,” says TwoPointOh Games about Artsy Fartsy. A family-friendly version of the well-known adult party game Drawing Without Dignity, this is a fast-paced game where artistic skills are not required.
Not much is off-limits in Artsy Fartsy – categories can be anything from “Don’t Get Caught” to “Animals That Leave Tiny Turds” and everything else you might imagine! Team up with family members to draw and guess from clues that will have everyone laughing out loud for hours. A perfect gift for families from four to twelve members and ages ten and up.
Nine Mile Hot Sauces are the HOT gift this year — Photo courtesy of Nine Mile Restaurant
Spice up your foodie gift basket this year with hot sauces from Nine Mile, the North Carolina-based vegetarian-friendly restaurant. This Jamaican-inspired collection includes Red-I with chipotles and habaneros, the tomatillo-based Hempress Rising with hints of thyme and garlic, and the Sun is Shining hot sauce with a touch of mango and ginger.
WompleBox Gift Box is the perfect gift for a family of road trippers — Photo courtesy of Womple Studios LLC
Womple Studios wants to ignite a passion for discovery and learning in kids through storytelling. Each month, your child will receive a WompleBox introducing new countries and cultures, including an illustrated book, maps, guides and activities to pique their curiosity. Soon they’ll be great, engaged travel partners in your family.
The SUNFLOW Chair will help you relax on your next beach trip — Photo courtesy of SUNFLOW
This isn’t any ordinary beach chair. The SUNFLOW Chair is compact and easy to carry without sacrificing comfort. Set it up in one of four positions for lounging, napping, reading or simply soaking up the sun. “This stylish and innovative beach chair is the ultimate way to enjoy a luxurious day on the sand,” says 10Best contributor Marla Cimini.
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