Sea Urchin Time Lapse

The spiky animals featured in this short video are sea urchins. Sea urchins are fascinating creatures. They belong to the same family as the starfish, sea cucumbers and the sand dollar. A family known as Echinoderms. Often an under appreciated family. Did you know that if a starfish loses an arm, it would re-grow it? Or that a sea cucumber can completely excrete it’s digestive system and then grow a new one? How cool is that? I wanted to explain how these animals move as they often do it so slowly you would not notice (hence the time-lapse video). Also, remembering they are invertebrates so they have no bones. So, how do they do this? Echinoderms have what is termed tube feet. Tube feet are tubular projection with suckers on the end. On the sea urchin they are found between the spines and on the starfish they are found under the arms. In order to control and move these feet the echinoderm will use their vascular system, which consists of water! That’s right water. By contracting chamber of water within the body they control which feet move and which ones don’t. The amazing features of this family do go on and on but as it’s all about them moving I will control myself and stop there.

Egyptian Sunset

Whilst, in Egypt I thought I would have a go at filming a sunset. There was no way I was getting up for the sun coming up. So, for my first go I don’t think this is too bad. Using my Gopro I did a time-lapse and put it together to create the little movie, enjoy!

Busy, busy, busy!

Oh, what a busy month it has been hence the lack of posts. Seems to be birthday central, one a week for pretty much the whole month. I even, once again forgot the special day of the month, the 29th. This year saw the 29th Feb, a leap year. So, happy belated leap day! Only every four years you get to see the 29th Feb, which is very few in a lifetime. Believe it or not I spent it at work but I can’t complain when I do what I do. Over social media I did see a lot of cool photos of animals leaping, I have not mastered that type of photo yet so its just good wishes until the next one!