Poison Gems: Blue Jean or Strawberry Frogs

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

Where would we be without the single-minded, fearless, and slightly zany animal lovers who make nature photography and videography their life’s work?

They treat nature’s smallest gems with the same awe as they do the behemoths.

Image: Tiny red frog with bright blue legs
Source: Geoff Gallice // Wikimedia

Today on Ever Widening Circles, we celebrate yet another one of Mother Nature’s wins when it comes to a design challenge.

The problem: how do you stay alive in a rain forest teaming with hungry mouths, if you are less than 2 cm (less than one inch) long, soft bodied, and defenseless?

The poison dart frogs answer that challenge with more than a few astounding adaptations, and their strategy when caring for their tadpoles proves, without a doubt, that this is still an amazing world!

First, let’s allow one of those lovable wildlife enthusiasts to introduce us to the beautiful poison dart frog…

Wonderful energy there, right?

You gotta love the kind of person who loves a poison frog that much!

Now, let’s crank up the wonder another notch. Next up is a strategy for raising young that moves the strawberry blue jean frog to the head of the line when it comes to passing out awards for Father of the Year.

See what you think…

Talk about a design challenge winner! How does this sort of strategy evolve!?

Whenever I have the privilege of researching one of our wildlife articles, I’m reminded of a quote from the most famous 19th Century scientist/explorers, Alexander von Humboldt. He spent most of the early years of the 1800’s exploring (surely slogging through) much of Latin America and later writing about it for the first time in history, from a scientific point of view.

He once said,

“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those have not viewed the world.”
Alexander von Humboldt, Works of Alexander von Humboldt

And perhaps, that is the most promising and beautiful thing about the internet: For all its failings, we can all “view the world” through projects like ours here at Ever Widening Circles, through the camera lens of countless National Geographic explorers, through YouTube channels like SciShow, Smithsonian, Veritasium, and It’s Okay to be Smart.

Now, more than any time in human history, almost all of us have the opportunity to live up to von Humboldt’s high standards.

And we have found that the list of very well-respected, credible content creators on the web seems to be growing every year.

We’ve got to know more about the world. Our children have to know more about the world. We can only appreciate the wonder if we seek it out!

Stay open, curious and optimistic.

~ Dr. Lynda
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