29 Astonishing Facts About Nature That I Actually Can't Believe Are True

    There's a freaking snake that is LYING about being a spider!

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    1. Antarctica was first sighted by humans just 200 years ago.

    2. Ninety-eight percent of Antarctica is covered by ice on which nothing can live.

    3. Gentoo penguins are the fastest penguins in the world — swimming up to 22 mph.

    4. Albatrosses cannot recognise their chicks by sight, sound, or smell – they ONLY know them when they're in the nest.

    5. Some sea anemones are hermaphroditic and self-fertilise!

    6. Whaling activity in South Georgia impacted the population of southern right whales so badly that at one point there were only 35 females remaining from a population of 35,000.

    7. Asia is the largest of all the earth’s continents.

    8. The Himalayas are the tallest mountains on earth and they're still rising.

    9. The infamous yeti may actually be a snow monkey.

    10. Orangutans have the longest of all childhoods, except for ours.

    11. There is a freaking snake that is LYING about being a spider!

    12. There are fewer than 70 sumatran rhinos left across Asia.

    13. In the last 40 years, one third of the forests in South Asia have been destroyed to make timber and food products around the world.

    14. The Andes is the world’s longest mountain range.

    15. There are nearly 200 volcanoes along the length on the continent, and some erupt with the force an atomic bomb every ten seconds.

    16. The Andean bear is so hard to find that even the scientists who study them have only had a handful of encounters with them.

    17. Angel Falls in the highest waterfall in the world.

    18. The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world.

    19. And its trees release so much moisture from the surface of their leaves that they create their own clouds!

    20. The Amazon river carries more water than the world’s next seven biggest rivers combined.

    21. The poison dart frog will lay eggs for its tadpoles to eat.

    22. Throughout South America as a whole, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is being lost every five seconds.

    23. Australia's centre is just one vast desert, and it takes about three days to get from one side to the other.

    24. Australia was once connected to Antarctica.

    25. Nearly all of the island's native mammals are marsupials.

    26. There are more species of reptile in Australia than any other continent.

    27. Dingoes are descended from wolves brought to Australia from Asia over 4,000 years ago.

    28. Sharks were around 200 millions years before the dinosaurs.

    29. Mammals, like the Tasmanian devil, are going extinct at a rate faster than anywhere else in the world.

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