Nearly 20,000 visitors to Stonehenge saw the sun rise at 4.52 a.m. on summer solstice day. A number of druids, hippies and sun worshippers practised their rituals at the site.
Summer Solstice began this morning.
Please to enjoy longest day of the year.
The Turritopsis nutricula is known as the "immortal jellyfish" because even once sexually mature, it can revert back to its polypoid stage, its first life stage. And then rinse and repeat. Again and again.
From Mother Nature Network:
Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters. "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute.
The world's only immortal animal
“Large-scale color photographs from 2005 to 2006 reflect the ritual adornment and spirituality of masquerade in Nigeria, Benin and Burkina Faso in West Africa. These portraits of masqueraders build on Galembo's work of the past twenty years photographing the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti, as well as the homegrown custom of Halloween in the United States. Organized by Ian Berry, Malloy Curator of the Tang Museum, in collaboration with the artist.”
– Tang Museum
Via But Does It Float
Smoke, a 39 year old harbor seal in captivity at the New England Aquarium is presented with a special present for her birthday in
Boston, MA. Like many people of such advanced age, the seal has very limited vision. Life expectancy for most seals is the mid-20’s. Happy birthday, Smoke! Personal note: I can't wait to meet seals in Iceland.