Did you know that giraffe have the highest blood pressure of any animal on the planet?
It can measure 280/180 mm Hg, which is twice that usually found in people, and their hearts can beat up to 170 times per minute. Just think how strong their heart must have to beat in order for blood to reach the top of their heads!
Today, 29 September, is World Heart Day. To celebrate, here are five other fascinating facts about hearts within the animal kingdom.
1. BLUE WHALE – they have the biggest hearts of any animal in the world. Weighing in at around 430kg, that’s the size of a small car!
2. PYGMY SHREW – these cute, fluffy animals (which weight less than an ounce!) have one of the fastest beating hearts at around 1,200 beats per minute. Whereas an adult human’s resting heart rate normally falls within 60 to 100 beats per minute!
3. OCTOPUS – they don’t just have one heart… they have three! Two of their hearts are responsible for pumping blood (their BLUE blood) to their gills, whilst the third circulates the blood to the rest of the body.
4. FAIRY FLY – this type of wasp is so small, at less than 0.2 millimetres long, that you would need a microscope to see it’s heart! Insects have tubular hearts that run along their backs.
5. SEAL – many seals have the ability to reduce their heart rate to around four or five beats per minute, a condition called bradycardia.
World Heart Day is used to raise awareness of how cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, claims the lives of 17.9 million lives around the globe every year.
To find out more about this awareness day, click here.
From today, 12 March 2020, gardeners across the UK can register their pledges online to dedicate a patch of garden or outdoor space specifically for butterflies and moths in a bid to slow their declining populations.
This year, I completed a highly sought after social media course called #SMSpouses – a training programme specifically for spouses and partners of British serving personnel. After being selected to be part of the second cohort, I embarked on the 12-week journey not knowing that it would spark a love of creating content and managing social media campaigns on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
During the three-month course, I both expanded on and learnt how to:
Create effective and engaging social media campaigns;
Design social media adverts;
Understand algorithms and analyse engagement statistics;
Capture high-quality images;
Apply graphic design techniques to make eye-catching visual content;
Create professionally edited videos using a smartphone.
If you are a British military spouse or partner and want to find out more, click here.
On 16 April, news broke that one of the most famous landmarks in France, Notre-Dame Cathedral, was being engulfed by a huge blaze. In less than 24 hours parts of the 850-year-old’s Gothic structure, including the spire and parts of its original wooden roof, had been destroyed and collapsed. Notre-Dame is home to a number of sculptures including more than 100 gargoyles. But what are these unusual looking, animal-like stone creatures?
When you ask someone to name an animal, most people will say a type of furry mammal, feathery bird or scaly reptile. However, did you know that most of the animals that live on Earth are actually invertebrates. But what are invertebrates?
Photography has always been a passion of mine, even if I’m not very good at it (… yet). So when I was made aware of David Hicks’ recent gallery in which he photographed elephants in Asia, I knew I had to find out more about how he managed to take such unique pictures. I wanted to discover the story behind the photographs.
What do you do when you see waste littering the beach? Do you leave it where you found it since you didn’t put it there in the first place, do you pick it up and carry it around with you until you find a bin or do you simply wish that there was a group event to help tackle such a huge problem? Well, I have great news Continue reading “Get involved with this year’s Big Spring Beach Clean”→