Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Another 2004-Force Tsunami Likely Within 30 Years, Study Shows

By Ryan Flinn and Simeon Bennett 

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Another tsunami-triggering earthquake off Indonesia is “extremely likely” in the next 30 years and may claim a higher toll than the 2004 surge that killed more than 220,000 people, according to a study in the journal Science

Researchers studying changes over the past 700 years in coral reefs near Indonesia’s Mentawai islands found evidence the region is due for a quake as big as magnitude 8.8, and that a smaller temblor last year is probably a harbinger of bigger ones. 

A large shock would set off a tsunami that would strike cities and towns in western Sumatra, scientists led by Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said in the study, to be published today. 

“Somewhere in the next 30 years it’s extremely likely,” Sieh told reporters in Singapore on Dec. 9. “Whether it’s one big rupture or several, we can’t say. It will certainly result in a tsunami.” 

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and forms part of the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and geologic fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin. The archipelago lies in a zone where four tectonic plates meet. Those plates constantly shift, sometimes causing earthquakes that can produce tsunamis. 

The 2004 tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, devastating coastal communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and other countries, was caused by a 9.1 temblor in a fault seismologists call the Sunda megathrust. There have been hundreds of earthquakes in Indonesia since then, including a 5.9- magnitude quake reported yesterday in the Kepulauan Mentawai region by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Sunda Megathrust 

Earthquakes push up the sea floor, lowering the water level. That’s recorded in coral growth rings, which Sieh and colleagues studied in a 700-kilometer-long (435-mile) section of the Sunda megathrust, south of the 2004 epicenter, off the coast of the Mentawai islands. They discovered four “supercycles” of temblors dating to about 1350. 

Each supercycle comprised the build-up of tectonic strain over time that was released by two or more large earthquakes. Because a strain-relieving quake hasn’t rocked the so-called Mentawai patch since 1833, an 8.4-magnitude earthquake that struck in September 2007 is probably the first of a new series, Sieh said. The next may be as big as 8.8-magnitude. 

Because the length of time between each event in past series varied from a few decades to more than a century, predicting precisely when the next will occur is impossible, he said. Still, the quake will trigger a tsunami that may be as high as 5 meters (16 feet) at Padang, a city of about 750,000 people in western Sumatra, Sieh said. The 2004 tsunami was between 5 and 12 meters high when it struck Banda Aceh in northern Sumatra. 

Higher Death Toll 

“Losses of life and property could equal or exceed those in Aceh province in 2004,” Sieh and colleagues wrote in the study. 

About 30 percent of the people in Padang have been trained in how to respond to an earthquake and tsunami and when to evacuate, said Patra Rina Dewi, executive director of Kogami, a non-government organization working to prepare for the next tsunami. Last year’s quake was a learning experience, she said. 

“Our people in Sumatra, especially in Padang city, know how to respond now, because on 12 September we got that kind of earthquake, and people just evacuated immediately,” she said from Padang in a telephone interview yesterday. 

To contact the reporters on this story: Ryan Flinn in San Francisco at; Simeon Bennett in Singapore at

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