This wonderful number of essays from specialist scientists and naturalists offers an enlightening examine the lives of box biologists with a keenness for the hidden global of nocturnal flora and fauna. Into the evening explores the harrowing, attention-grabbing, fun, and principally unheard own reports of scientists keen to forsake the protection of sunlight to rfile the normal heritage of those uniquely tailored animals.
Contributors inform of confronting North American bears, cougars, and rattlesnakes; affliction crimson ctenid spider bites within the tropical rain wooded area; swimming via layers of feeding-frenzied hammerhead sharks within the Galapagos; evading the wrath of African bull elephants in South Africa; and delighting within the curious and mild nature of foxes and unconditional reputation by means of a family members of owls. They describe “fire within the sky” throughout a treeless tundra, a sea ablaze with bioluminescent algae, night earthquakes at the Pacific Rim, and hurricanes and erupting volcanoes on a Caribbean island.
Into the evening finds infrequent and unforeseen insights into nocturnal box examine, illuminating reports, discoveries, and demanding situations confronted via intrepid biologists learning nature’s nightly marvels around the globe. This quantity may be of curiosity to scientists and basic readers alike.
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Just as we were lulled by the peace of the night, we heard snap, snap, crash, thud—an elephant was destroying another tree and not too far off. I jumped to attention and directed the spotlight on a large female and her three-year-old offspring. We had to keep the light on these elephants for some time before the youngster would move off, and shortly afterward the mother gave up snacking to follow her nervous youngster. By 6:50 we had two more bats in the net. Chris and I lowered the net and each began to remove one.
Ironically, Mozambique is presently being repopulated with elephants from Kruger. Baobab trees have been heavily decimated by elephants in Kruger Park. Young baobabs grow in only a few areas, where the slope of the land is too steep for elephants to walk. Elsewhere, soon after a baobab seedling is established, the bark is stripped by elephants and the seedling dies. Nearly all of the old baobabs in the park have scars from stripped bark; however, once past a certain age the tree can tolerate stripping at the base of the trunk.
I’m like a juicy apple, thinking I’m protected by a thin waxy film. Suddenly I’m reminded of a shark attack victim I heard years ago describing her memory of being bitten by a great white. She said she could hear the shark’s teeth make a crisp Pop! as they punctured her wetsuit, like biting into an apple. I imagine I’d feel a lot better if I was covered with hard scales like most fish or bony spikes like a puffer or lionfish. I’m more like a big fat juicy worm hanging out down here. The only hard things on me are my fingernails and toenails.
Into The Night: Tales of Nocturnal Wildlife Expeditions