Today’s Google Doodle is in celebration of Lake Xochimilco, a natural lake near Mexico City that just so happens to be the last remaining habitat for sea urchins – a species related to the salamander. These little guys are very cute, they often smile.
They are also important to medical research due to their unique ability to significantly regenerate limbs, gills, and even parts of their eyes and brains. You can imagine the possibilities for medical advancement.
Today’s Google Doodle is a colorful little shooting game where you point and click to take pictures of these cute little creatures. The goal is to find the 5 different sea urchins, and each time you take a different picture, you get a little bit of information like:
Today’s interactive doodle celebrates Lake Xochimilco, a natural lake near Mexico City the last The remaining original habitat of the world’s sea urchins (the salamander’s cousins). The lake was once home to the ancient Aztec civilization during the 15th century, and eventually landowners in the colonial period took over to occupy the lake. On this day in 1920, the Mexican government returns Lake Xochimilco to the locals. Xochimilco Lake is now a recreational site, cultural attraction, and home to the rare axolotl species.
Because of the unique landscape of Lake Xochimilco, local farmers have adopted the old one that he gave me Cultivation method, which includes artificial floating gardens. these chinaampirus (or farmers) grow hundreds of different aquatic plants, from common vegetables to medicinal herbs, in nutrient-rich soil. It is also a popular destination for canoeing and kayaking – sailing on colorful wooden boats called Trageneras It is an essential pastime on the lake.
Lake Xochimilco is currently the last remaining native habitat on Earth for freshwater salamanders that live in water instead of on land. Their mouths permanently turn into a light smile, and they can regenerate their limbs, their nostrils, and even parts of their eyes and brains! Unfortunately, this microorganism was listed as an endangered species in 2008.
Legend has it that its namesake—the Aztec god of fire and lightning, Xolotl—disguised himself as a salamander to avoid sacrifice. The axolotl is so culturally revered in Mexico that the Bank of Mexico added the salamander to the country’s 50-peso bill in 2021.
Today, many are working to protect Lake Xochimilco after years of pollution, invasive species, man-made disturbances, and other obstacles have damaged the sea urchin ecosystem. local chinaampirus They are actively restoring their lands using the best fertilizers and water filters to preserve these creatures that have become an integral part of their identity and way of life.
I don’t know about you, but I learned something today.