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Ride, boldly ride

"When I was 12 boys slid their hand up my thigh and slapped my butt. I smiled and took it because I didn’t know it was okay to say stop. I didn’t know that I could say no. So, when the principal calls telling me my daughter is suspended for punching a boy who wouldn’t stop touching her, I will cook her favorite meals. When she tells me how she cursed at the boy who wouldn’t move his hands off her knee even though she asked him to, I will smile and pull out her favorite movie to watch together. I will celebrate the fact that she accepts her body as her own and knows she has the right to say no. I never want my daughter to think her body belongs to men, because it is her own and my god should she be proud. I will teach her it’s more than okay to say stop, something I wish I had known when I was that age."

don’t be soft, let the world know you exist // 5-26-14 // 9:01AM (via restrictedthoughts)

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i love high contrast photos of fruit floating threateningly in the night

I don’t believe such a thing exists



I was mistaken

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Walked in on two coworkers making out this morning. One is married with 4 kids and the other is separated with an unspecified amount of kids, and is also a registered sex offender after having sex with a 13-15 year old at the age of 22. What the fuck


Common remora (Remora remora)

The common remora is a pelagic marine fish belonging to family Echeneidae. The common remora is different from other remoras in the family Echeneidae by the modification of its dorsal fin. The dorsal fin, which has 22 to 26 soft rays, acts as a suction cup, creating a vacuum to allow it to attach to larger marine animals, such as whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. This species can reach 86.4 cm (34.0 in) in total length, though most do not exceed 40 cm (16 in). This species does not seem to have a negative effect on its host. The host provides the remora with fast-moving water to bathe its gills, a steady flow of food, transportation, and protection. The common remora’s attachment to one host can last for up to three months. During this time, the remora can move its attachment site if it feels threatened. The common remora cannot survive in still water; it needs water flow over its gills to provide it oxygen. This remora is commonly found in warm marine waters and have been seen in the western Mediterranean and the Atlantic, as well as the North Sea.

photo credits: rling, hypescience, richard ling, divebums


10 More Cool Sharks You Probably Don’t Hear Much About During Shark Week

So I know that Shark Week is over now, but I couldn’t just stop at 10, so here are 10 more!

Angel Shark (Squatina)
There are 23 different species of angel shark and all live in shallow, warm seas, though some migrate to warmer waters during the summer. Most types grow to a length of 5 ft (1.5 m). They hunt at night in their own territories. Unlike rays, they have sharp teeth for feeding on shelled prey and small fish. They disguise themselves from prey by covering their bodies in sand and often having sandy-colored skin. An angel shark is hard to see as it lies on the seabed. Its body is so flat that it appears no more than a low mound in the sand. Unlike a ray, it uses its tail rather than its large fins to swim. Read more about this shark

Australian Ghost Shark (Elephant Shark) (Callorhinchus milii)
A chimaera; their length is 2 to 4 ft (60 to 120 cm). Males of the species mature at about 2.13 ft (65 cm). The club-like projection on the snout of the ghost shark is used to search for prey. The end is covered in pores that sense movement and weak electrical fields. Ghost sharks feed primarily on shellfish and molluscs. Recently, the ghost shark was proposed as a model cartilaginous fish genome because of its relatively small genome size. The genome of the ghost shark is estimated to be 910 Mb long (Mb = megabases = 1 million basepairs) which is the smallest among all the cartilaginous fishes. Recently, an Elephant Shark Genome Project has been launched to sequence the whole genome of the elephant shark. Read more about this shark

Blue Shark (Prionace glauca)
A requiem shark; the largest blue shark on record measured 12.6 ft (3.83 m) in length, but they are rumored to get as large as 20 ft (6.09 m). Blue sharks are the great travelers of the world, covering huge distances each year. They do not dive deeply for food, but hunt almost any kind of surface-living fish. They particularly like whale meat and are known to gather in “feeding frenzies” when they find a whale carcass. Blue sharks often school segregated by sex and size, and this behavior has led to their nickname “wolves of the sea”. Read more about this shark

Goblin Shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)
Grows to about 13 ft (4 m) in length. The goblin shark was first discovered off the coast of Japan over 100 years ago, yet little is known about it. Goblin sharks live in water between 330-2,300 ft (100-700 m) deep. They have sensory pores on their long snout which detect prey and their flabby body suggests an inactive lifestyle. Also known as the elfin shark. Sometimes called a “living fossil” as it is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old. Read more about this shark

Porbeagle (Lamna nasus)
A mackerel shark; reaches a maximum total length of about 12 ft (3.66 m). Porbeagle sharks prefer more temperate seas and may be seen near the British and North American coasts in summer. They are heavily built and partly warm-blooded, being able to keep their body temperature several degrees higher than surroundings. Read more about this shark

Puffadder Shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii)
A catshark; typically reaches 2 ft (60 cm) in length. When threatened, the puffadder shyshark (and other members of its genus) curls into a circle with its tail covering its eyes, giving rise to the local names “shyshark” and “doughnut”. It is a predator that feeds mainly on crustaceans, polychaete worms, and small bony fishes. Read more about this shark

Pyjama Shark (Poroderma africanum)
A catshark; it grows up to 3.6 ft (1.1 m) long. This abundant, bottom-dwelling species can be found from the intertidal zone to a depth of around 330 ft (100 m), particularly over rocky reefs and kelp beds. When threatened, it curls into a circle with its tail covering its head. The primarily nocturnal pyjama shark spends most of the day lying motionless, hidden in a cave or crevice among vegetation. It often forms groups, particularly during summer. Also known as the striped catshark. Read more about this shark

Sawshark (Pliotrema and Pristiophorus)
There are 7 species of sawshark; they can range up to 5.6 ft (1.7 m) in length. Sawsharks stir up the seabed with their long, toothed snout, feeling for small fish and crabs with their barbels. Baby sawsharks’ teeth are covered with skin up to the time they are born, so they don’t injure their mother or one another. Read more about this shark

Velvet Belly lanternshark (Etmopterus spinax)
A dogfish; generally no more than 18 in (45 cm) long. Lives in deep water. The velvet belly is so named because its black underside is abruptly distinct from the brown coloration on the rest of its body. Like other lanternsharks, the velvet belly is bioluminescent, with light-emitting photophores forming a species-specific pattern over its flanks and abdomen. These photophores are thought to function in counter-illumination, which camouflages the shark against predators. They may also play a role in social interactions. Read more about this shark

Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
A carpet shark; attains a length of 8.2 ft (2.5 m). Its long tail accounts for half its length. The zebra shark is named after the stripes that break up its shape as it lies in shallow water. The stripes make it difficult to see in shallow water. The stripes become less vivid as the shark ages. Read more about this shark

[Sources used: Wikipedia, http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Education/bioprofile.htmand Pope, J. (1997). Sharks. New York, N.Y.: DK Pub..]


Hatched Madagascar gecko

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I’m starting to be respected at my job and it’s so fucking awesome. I want to elaborate but I have to get ready for work and when I come home from work I don’t want to do a goddamn thing because I’m so exhausted. But a few days ago it was me and a newer girl in the stray kennels, and she had only been there one other day. I finished my side and did a really awesome job, though admittedly I should’ve been done an hour earlier, but it was a Sunday and not busy and some of the kennels could use an extra scrub. At 1 hour over I was really pushing it. This girl wasn’t done until 2 probably which is when we close. At 1:30 I had to leave because I was in overtime but she was nowhere near done so I told her just to squeegee each of the kennels and be done with it, which would involve skipping a lot of necessary steps but we were really in a rush here. I got another even newer girl in there before I left to help her out who has never worked in strays. I trained this girl the day prior in puppy adoption. I was a really awesome teacher, only as I was explaining something she would walk away mid-sentence and do something else, CLEARLY not listening because she works at Petsmart as a dog bather and apparently knows everything there is to know about how to keep an animal shelter running. Before I left I told her what needed to be done: pick up all of the food bowls on the first half of the kennels, dump the food, wash the bowls, take out the trash. Then restock food if you get a chance. This girl was very clearly not listening. So the following day, which was yesterday, I was approached by one of the senior staff members who is usually in there and he asked me when he’s working with me in there next because yesterday it was such a fucking mess. I asked him how bad it was and he said there were still food bowls everywhere and they weren’t washed, etc. I’m so fucking angry. The first 30 minutes I was training this girl in puppy adoption the other day she was listening and everything then she asked me my age and was like “oh, were the same age!” And looking back, it was like a switch was flipped and from that point on she didn’t listen to me, as if because we’re the same age that means we know the same amount and that she doesn’t need to respect me. Fuck this bitch. And her name is fucking ridiculous to boot.

Maybe I’m just a pussy or maybe it’s because this is my first job and I’m taking it too seriously but people at work are really unprofessional. Scolding cats for playfully swatting at them when they’re cleaning, cursing out loud and in conversation to each other, talking about boyfriends and girlfriends and drama in their own lives, gossiping and rumors and drama within this place, etc. It’s really weird and it’s hard not to look down on people for this.

justspilledcoffee YESSS every time I hear it I immediately think 🎶CYNTHIAA, SHES A REALLY COOL DANCER, CYNTHIAA, BOOGIE TO THE GROOVE NOWW🎶

Cynthia sounds like the name of a porn star

MY BEB😍😍😍🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀

The whole point of taking a furlough from school is getting away from the stress and agony that comes with me attempting to cope with taking classes. And my mom asking me if I’m taking fall classes and why I’m not taking them EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY (I’m not kidding. I’m not exaggerating. Every day.) is really getting in the way of that. Like stop talking for a fucking second and LISTEN for once instead of interjecting with yours thoughts when I explain my troubled feelings that I experience with going back to school. Just fucking listen to me for one goddamn time in my life.