It's Earth Day, a day to appreciate the large piece of rock that serves as our protective spacecraft when it transports us through the Universe. Google celebrates today highlighting six strange creatures and organisms that also call this spaceship their home.
Today's Google Doodle animation takes people on a journey from the top of Earth's atmosphere to the deepest caves on our planet, where all kinds of plants and diverse organisms reside. The cartoon highlights creatures such as the wandering albatross, which has the largest wingspan of live birds, as well as spotted coelacanth fish, a species that has existed for 407 million years.
These six organisms do not even come close to representing the great variability of wildlife that our Earth possesses. Choosing the creatures was the hardest part for the main Doodle artist, Kevin Laughlin. "The last thing I wanted to do was present the animals according to their tenderness or how they could appeal in some way to my mammalian sensitivities," he said in a question and answer session. "We tried to focus on having a good variety of organisms from around the world that had a unique special quality or superlative earthly."
For example, the spring tail of a deep cave is a hexapod that lives in the deepest regions of the planet, while the redwood coast is the tallest tree in the world. Each creature has an epic title.
By clicking on the magnifying glass for each animation, you can learn more details about these record creatures. That is the whole point of the creation of Earth Day. "If I can inspire somebody's curiosity or curiosity, that would make me very happy," Laughlin said. "How often do you take a moment to contemplate a tiny creature that lives in the bowels of a cave in Georgia? All life is amazing and it's worth celebrating. "