305th blog … dinuguang dugong bughaw …

“thank you for giving your time, your energy and resources to us your children and, more heartwarming, your grandchildren, so selflessly.

my dream is to achieve even a fraction of what you have done and been as mothers.

you give me hope that for as long as we love fully, passionately and without regret, age and time will look favorably upon us.

we love you so much and we’re sorry if we sometimes forget to tell you and let you feel! salamat mommy and mama”

ang dinuguan, bow!

Not all blood is red. Certain animals do not have the familiar hued blood that the majority of life on earth shares. But there are actual green blood, blue blood, and even yellow blood.

The following animals are just examples of the different animal groups that have odd colored blood that is not the standard shade of red.

Lizards – have green blood, but for everyone else, the thought of green blood seems, well, alien. Many amphibians fit in the green blood category.

One suggestion to answer why is the presence of bile in the fluid. But then again, no clear answer has been found.

Lobsters – actually have blue blood. The reason that lobsters as well as crabs and other crustaceans have a bluish color to their blood has much to do with copper primarily.

It is the copper that lends the blood its bluish color when combined with a substance called hemocyanin.

Squid – While it may seem removed from lobsters and crabs, the squid and the octopus both process the same blue blood as their fellow sea dwellers.

Both creatures blood contains the same hemocyanin composition that interacts with copper in the blood cells to produce the bluish shade of blood.

Beetles – Small insects such as beetles commonly have yellow-colored blood. The reason for this distinctive color is that most insects process oxygen in a completely different way than humans and larger animals.
Instead of using hemoglobin as a binding agent to merge iron and oxygen, insects like the beetle use something called hemolymph.

Now, the material is not strictly blood in the same sense as it is for people, but it does serve the same basic purpose and it provides the chemicals necessary for survival.

Earthworms – Many lower animals including earthworms, snails, water fleas, and midge larvae all produce a reddish blood that looks similar to our own.

The difference lies in the way the blood is processed. In these creatures, the hemoglobin is not located in the corpuscles but rather it is dissolved in the blood liquids.

These are just a few examples of the strange colors that blood can be in our diverse animal kingdom.
Again, most creatures have red blood, but there are a few exceptions if you know where to look.

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