Category Archives: Nature

Golden Frogs

Two great videos on YouTube about the Golden Frogs and 2 scientists attempts to save frogs affected by the chytrid fungus, a fungus that is affecting and killing and driving many of the worlds frogs to extinction.

Part One:

Part Two:

See my previous posting about the Panamanian Golden Frog:

Pollution in the World’s Oceans

Amazing article about the extent of pollution in the world’s oceans:,0,6670018,full.story

The fireweed began each spring as tufts of hairy growth and spread across the seafloor fast enough to cover a football field in an hour.

When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos.

Waving frog waves for the last time


The Panamanian golden frog communicates with other frogs by semaphore in the form of gentle hand waves.

What’s is amazing is that they took video of them in the wild before the last wild populations were destroyed by a fungi:

… after filming for the BBC One series Life In Cold Blood, the frogs had to be rescued from the wild, due to the threat of chytrid fungus.

More details on chytrid fungus and a possible cure:

The blow that chytrid has dealt to the frog population is already immense.

The disease has probably accounted for one-third of all the losses in amphibian species to date, says Professor Rick Speare, an expert in amphibian diseases who works with the University of Otago’s frog research group.

Just found this video on YouTube that from the BBC documentary mentioned above: