Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Picture Of The Week - Guess What?

When we saw this picture pop up on our Tumblr feed, we were intrigued, then surprised. And we knew we had to share it with our readers! Can you tell what this? We'll give you three guesses.

1) Did you guess it was some kind of two-headed snake? Sorry, wrong!

2) Did you think it was possibly an exotic bug? Wrong!

3) Maybe a newly-discovered underwater sea creature? Also wrong!

This was a bit of a trick question, since this is a magnified image. This is actually the tip of a hummingbird tongue, which is forked and able to curl into a straw shape so they can suck nectar out of flowers or feeders. The picture is one of a series from the book "Microcosmos" by author Brandon Broll, which includes images of everyday objects magnified up to 22 millions times!

To see a hummingbird's tongue in action, watch the video below!

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