Permanently Windswept Trees in Argentina

Let’s add this to the bucket list or, in our case, to the post extraordinary destinations off the beaten path. Located in Ushuaia, Argentina or what’s often referred to as “the southernmost city in the world,” sit some of the most interesting-looking trees we’ve ever laid eyes on. These permanently one-sided trees were created this way by strong winds and are called “flag-trees.” Branches on the windward side are killed or deformed by the near constant strong winds, giving the tree a stunning flag-like appearance. Fascinating. Almost looks photoshopped. (Check out this crazy-looking one in Peru.)

Photos via [National Geographic], [Ole Begemann]

January 18, 2017

Animal-Friendly Vegan Tattoos Celebrate Nature with Delicately Inked Illustrations

Body art professionals, like Anna Sica, are turning to animal-free inks to create beautiful vegan tattoos. If you’re vegan, you know that when it comes to animal-friendliness, not all commodities are created equally. While assuring the absence of animal products in things like food, cosmetics, and clothing is standard practice for seasoned vegans, many are unaware that body art requires research, too. To make pigments pop, many tattoo inks include bone char, gelatin, and shellac, each of which is derived from various animals.

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January 17, 2017

Zebra Shark Living in Isolation for 4 Years Gives Birth Without a Male Partner

It started like a typical love story. Two zebra sharks, living happily together for 12 years and producing 24 pups. Then, circumstance ripped them apart, leaving the female in her own, isolated tank. But here’s where the story takes a twist. After living alone since 2012, Leonie the female zebra shark give birth to three pups in early 2016. Just how was this possible?

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