“The Headington Shark is an unusual installation by sculptor John Buckley that features a shark crashing head-first through the roof of a home. Located at 2 New High Street in Headington, Oxford, England, the sculptural piece brings the comical fear of a Sharknado to life. Created in 1986 (long before the release of the Syfy television film) and renovated in 2007, the permanent installation still draws the entertained gaze of passersby.”
“Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin captures some truly breathtaking shots of whales as a reminder of their beauty and existence in the vast oceans. The photographer manages to get full body shots of them, a feat that so few are able to achieve with such high quality, while revealing remarkable details of these aquatic mammoths. Browsing through his collection, one feels like they can actually reach out and touch the giant creatures, feeling the texture of their skin while examining the breadth of their bodies.”
And these are just 10 of close to 500 different free biodiversity cards on the website, which are also playable as a game!
If you want to print them out, go to Phylogame.org/cephalopoda, and click “print” (on the left sidebar). Then click on page “2” (near the top) and click “print” again. If you want to include card backs with these printouts, then download the card back (the link is on the left sidebar), flip your card printouts and print the back on the other side.
“In 1831 the skeleton of a 95-foot bowhead whale was displayed in a pavilion at Charing Cross, as part of a tour that had also touched Ostend and Paris. Visitors could ascend a flight of steps to a stage set within the ribcage, where they could sit at a table and write puns in the guest book. (“Why should we be mourned for if killed by the falling of the bones of the whale? We should be be-wailed.”)”
Text via Futility Closet.