Photo – Jonny Butt – Pinterest
So who of my lovely Saint Kidd readers loves the X-men? Or maybe super hero films like The Avengers, Iron Man or Thor? I sure as heck do and that’s because I have always given great consideration to the question…”If you could have one super power what would it be?” Would it be to fly? To heal people? Or even the cool, yet slightly creepy option of being invisible? The choices are endless, but imagine if people like the X-men really did exist?
Being a lover of the water and the Oceans, if I were a mutant I would love to have super aquatic abilities, like breathing underwater or walking on water. But for this week’s incredible little Rainforest animal, this is not a wish, but reality.
Photo: Sasha Pearson – Pinterest
To the people of South and Central America he is known as the ‘Jesus Christ Lizard’ because of its ability to walk on water. Its real name, the Basilisk Lizard. Taken from the Greek word Basiliskos, meaning “Little King” they weigh on average 100grams (about the same weight as an iPhone or a tuna sandwich) and have crest-like sails on their head, back and tail. In essence, they look like mini Dinosaurs, awesome! Their most impressive feature is their feet which are specially adapted, webbed feet that act as paddles to propel itself forward through the water when escaping predators.
Ok, so enough said for now, check out the video, then read on…
The way it runs is hilarious hey. But as funny as it looks, it is in fact a near miracle how it does it. Its run is simply described in 3 phases known as the ‘slap’, ‘stroke’ and ‘recovery’, (sounds like some old age pensioners getting it on hey). But as the little fella approaches the water he raises up onto his hind legs and begins to run. The second his first foot “slaps” the water it starts to sink ever so slightly, here it quickly pushes backwards and outwards (the “stroke” phase) which then propels the basilisk forwards onto his other foot and just as the other foot “slaps” the water the initial foot lifts out of the water (the “recovery”).
They are also incredible swimmers too that can hold their breath for 30 minutes at a time. As If all that coolness wasn’t enough, another awesome way they survive and avoid deadly predators is by quickly burying themselves in the sand. No sooner do they start to burrow the hole, a special ring of muscles in each nostril close up to prevent sand getting up its nose. Man, I wish my phone could do that, every time I’d come back from a days diving, I’d find half of Barbados inside my charging port. Oh it was a hard old life living in the Caribbean, haha.
So guys, what would be your x-men power?
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