How to Prevent a Shark Attack – Minimizing the Risk

Unless climate change causes sharknadoes to form, the possibility of being attacked by a shark only exists if you are in a body of water inhabited by sharks. Chances of an unprovoked attack are extremely low (read: https://the-worlds-deadliest.com/2020/04/05/odds-of-being-fatally-attacked-by-a-shark/), but do happen. However, preventative measures can be taken to minimize the risk of a shark attack. … Continue reading How to Prevent a Shark Attack – Minimizing the Risk

What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

An invasive species is one whose introduction to an area threatens the environment, public health, and/or the economy. Invasive species are organisms (animals, plants, diseases, parasites, etc.) non-native to the area they are introduced. Examples include the Burmese python, West Nile, and chestnut blight. Burmese pythons are a serious problem in southern Florida. But, how … Continue reading What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

In the previous lesson, I explained how animals are classified using the 8 hierarchical categories of classification: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. In addition to those, an animal may have a suborder, subfamily, and/or subspecies. Here, we will walk through the full classification of three different species: King Cobra, Lion, and … Continue reading Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear

There are 8 groups of classification: DomainKingdomPhylumClassOrderFamilyGenus Species Animals in each group share similar characteristics. Each subsequent group continues to add more specific characteristics on top of the existing ones. Thus, eliminating animals who do not meet the criteria, until you are left with one animal! To better understand each group and their characteristics, let … Continue reading A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear