I haven't done much on here..
I've been pretty busy doing things in my non computerized life. So, if you thought that I was working on some big project... Weeeell.... Not so much. Sorry.
I have been however, working on a few drawing projects.
I hope to show off my latest SSB comic to everyone soon and reorganize my comics, rename them, add a cover page to them.
But until then... I'll just post some of my sketches.
I was looking at some of my old journals and I saw the one I posted last winter about my turtles. I find turtles so interesting!
I wanted to post it again! =]
As you might know, I have a whole lot of turtles
.Everybody knows box turtles hibernate during winter, but box turtles truly take "hibernation" to another level. Linger a few minutes too long in subzero weather, and you'll "freeze to death." But our loving Creator gave certain intrepid animals, which are forced to winter in the cold, their own antifreeze. They can literally be "frozen alive" and emerge unharmed.
When a box turtle begins to experience chillier temperatures, its liver releases lots of glucose (a simple sugar) into the bloodstream. The sugar is then concentrated in various organs and acts as a sort of biological antifreeze. The places that are the most protected are the liver, heart, and blood serum. The brain and eyes are also filled with glucose.
So, when it's cold enough that ice is forming around the turtle, it also forms inside the turtle as well! Even the lungs become icy chunks of tissue. Sometimes when temperatures get really frigid, the heart stops beating!
It's like a temporary "death" without decay. Isn't that awesome?!
When the turtle thaws out it appears no worse for the ware.
When spring arrives, the various organs gradually "come back to life." This is kind of a "death and resurrection" every winter and spring.
Now, painted turtles stay in the water through all of winter.
I walked outside by my little pond and I saw my painted turtle in a swimming position, looking very frozen, underneath 3 or 4 inches of ice. Scared my mom, but I was like "Whoa, that's cool! Wow, Lord.. how'd you do that?" XD
Just like fish they stay in the bottom of the pond, the surface of the water freezes and the fish go into a state of torpor(It's like hibernation, but not as much
). Winter usually doesn't last long enough to freeze through the entire pond, just the top and this actually traps more heat for the fish below.
Now, for these lung-breathing animals, however, this poses a new problem - how to get oxygen! Frogs solve this by absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide across their skin. The tougher skin of turtles is not so obliging but some species, like snapping turtles, can take up some oxygen from the water across the skin lining the throat. Others, like my painted turtles, have altered their metabolism to survive without oxygen!
In cold water, painted turtles can stay submerged for as long as 3 months with zero blood oxygen!
And our brain starts dieing after the first 4 minutes of no air!
God must really like turtles. I like them them too. He made them awesome. ^^"
Oh, you should watch this video about baby Paints being frozen alive. www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZJy9N…
So, now you know some more strange facts about turtles if you didn't already.
I'll be on Photoshop working on the comic. ^^"