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NOAA Investigates Unusual Humpback Whale Die Off In The East Coast

The NOAA is declaring last year’s unusually high humpback whale die off as an ‘unusual mortality event.’ The declaration is prompting immediate action and expert investigation.

Animals April 28, 2017

Baby Humpback Whales ‘Whisper’ To Mom To Avoid Predation: Listen Here

A study on humpback whales by ecologists from Denmark and Australia has revealed that baby whales communicate with their mothers in whispers to avoid the risk of attention from predators and other mating whales.

Animals April 26, 2017

Caterpillar Bred For Fishing Bait Can Eat And Breakdown Plastic Bags: Here Are Other Organisms That Can Biodegrade Plastic

The wax worm has the special ability to eat polyethylene offering a potential solution for plastic pollution. Here are other organisms with the odd ability to break down plastic.

Animals April 26, 2017

New Canine Family Tree Reveals Living Descendants Of Ancient New World Dog

The new family tree of dogs hinted of two living breeds that may have descended from the ancient dog that lived in the New World before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. What else does this genetic map revealed?

Animals April 26, 2017

Last Male Northern White Rhino Tries Luck On Tinder

Sudan, the last remaining male white rhino on Earth, now has a Tinder account. Viewers can check out Sudan’s Tinder profile and help support the cause of the northern white rhinos, who are now facing extinction.

Animals April 25, 2017

Whale And Boat Collisions Happen More Commonly Than Thought: Study

Collisions between whales and boats are happening more frequently than previously believed, as evidenced by injury marks found on humpback whales. Almost 15 percent of whales coming to New England had scars of vessel strikes.

Animals April 24, 2017

Naked Mole Rat's Metabolic Trick To Survive Oxygen Deprivation May Help Stroke And Heart Attack Patients

Naked mole rats essentially become plants when they are deprived of oxygen. How can the rodents' special metabolic strategy potentially help people who suffered from heart attack and stroke?

Animals April 22, 2017

Footage Shows Blue Whale Gulping Down Massive Krill Patch [Video]

Scientists from Oregon State University captured a video footage of a blue whale employing strategic feeding tactics on Krill patches off the coast of New Zealand. The drone footage proves blue whale feeding habit theories true.

Animals April 21, 2017

Naked Mole Rats Can Survive Without Oxygen Using Plant Sugar Strategy

Researchers find that naked mole rats can survive in low to zero oxygen conditions. Find out just how fructose-driven metabolism helps the hairless rodents to survive.

Animals April 21, 2017

SeaWorld Announces Birth Of Last Baby Orca Born In Captivity

SeaWorld announces the birth of an orca calf in San Antonio. The birth marks their last orca birth in captivity, and a last chance for guests to watch an orca calf’s growth up-close.

Animals April 20, 2017

European Salamander Falls Prey To Deadly Fungus, And Scientists Worry About Its Future

Fire salamanders In Europe are facing possible extinction due to a skin-eating fungal disease. Infected amphibians rapidly succumb to the deadly Asian fungus, which could even reach the United States through the pet trade.

Animals April 21, 2017

Scientists Find Giant Shipworm That's As Long As Your Arm: Here's How This Creature Grows So Big

The giant shipworm (Kuphus polythalamia), pictured here without its shell, is the world’s biggest and rarest bivalve mollusk. Dubbed the "unicorn" of marine biology, the mysterious creature owes its massive size to a symbiotic relationship with sulfur-eating bacteria.

Animals April 18, 2017

April The Giraffe Finally Gives Birth To Male Calf: Here Are Some Giraffe Facts You May Want To Know

After a long journey, April the giraffe finally gave birth to a male calf on Saturday morning. Here are some facts about giraffes that you may want to know.

Animals April 16, 2017

New Dinosaur Species Finally Named After Decades Of Excavation: Meet The Moabosaurus Utahensis

After excavating 5,500 bones over the course of 40 years, researchers finally recognize a sauropod found in a quarry in Utah as a new dinosaur species, naming it Moabosaurus utahensis.

Animals April 15, 2017

Warning: Save Your Dog From Chocolate And Other Common Easter Treats

Watch out: your dog could access chocolate and other Easter treats during the holiday. Learn how to identify the signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs, and what other Easter treats can make them sick.

Animals April 14, 2017

Do Eels Use Magnetic Fields To Navigate Through Oceans?

The European eels' 3,728-mile-long journey from the Sargasso Sea to Europe just after birth has been shrouded in mystery. However, a new study may provide answers as to how these creatures navigate through the oceans.

Animals April 14, 2017

Fossil Discovered By Elk Hunter Belongs To New Species Of Plesiosaur With Shorter Neck

The skeleton discovered at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge turned out to be of a new species of plesiosaur. The sea creature, however, has shorter neck compared with other elasmosaurs.

Animals April 14, 2017

Commonly-Used Insecticides Are Not Fully Effective Against Bedbugs

A study revealed that bed bugs have acquired resistance to two commonly-used insecticides. The insecticides - chlorfenapyr and bifenthrin - are not fully effective in wiping out bed bugs.

Animals April 13, 2017

Ants Rescue Comrades Injured In Battle: New Study Reveals

A study revealed that like humans, ants too rescued and helped their fallen members during a battle. However, unlike human beings, ants saved their comrades for the colony's benefit and not out of empathy.

Animals April 13, 2017

Florida Manatees Population Could Survive For The Next 100 Years

According to a new study, the Florida manatees are expected to survive for the next 100 years. The study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Animals April 13, 2017

Endangered Right Whales Had Lowest Number Of Births In 17 Years

The number of North American right whales born last winter was only three, the fewest since 2000 and far lower than the average of 17 per year. Whale researchers, though, are optimistic the population of the endangered species can still rebound.

Animals April 13, 2017

What Makes The Octopus Intelligent? Answer Could Be Cephalopod's Ability To Rewrite RNA

The octopus has the unique ability to edit its own RNA. Can this explain why the cephalopod is intelligent enough to solve complex puzzles and escape from aquariums?

Animals April 9, 2017

Newly Described 'Spider-Man' Worm-Snail Species With Slime-Ejecting Tentacles Found On Shipwreck, Possibly Invasive Species

A new worm-snail species has been described just off the Florida Keys. The invertebrate that reminded researchers of Spider-Man could pose a serious threat to its surrounding environment.

Animals April 11, 2017

New Spider-Like Crab Species Discovered In India: Climbs Up And Lives On Trees

Scientists finally confirm that an elusive crustacean first spotted in 2014 is a new crab species that lives in trees, but it’s not like other tree-dwelling crabs.

Animals April 9, 2017

Zoo Euthanizes Polar Bear Diagnosed With Terminal Kidney Failure

Rizzo, the 19-year-old polar bear at Hogle Zoo in Utah was diagnosed with renal failure, a condition common in older polar bears. Zoo officials eventually have to make the difficult decision to euthanize the animal.

Animals April 9, 2017

Octopuses And Squids Can Rewrite Their Own Genes: How Is This Possible?

The California two-spot octopus is among the smart cephalopods that can edit their RNA codes to adapt to the environment. Just like other species of squids and cuttlefish, this octopus uses gene editing to change neural functions.

Animals April 7, 2017

Bedbugs Have Been Bugging Humans For Thousands Of Years, Study Finds

A cave in Oregon has been detected with fossils of common bed bug’s ancestors. According to a study, the specimens dug up at Paisley represent the oldest insects from the Cimex genus and are older by 5,100 to 11,000 years.

Animals April 5, 2017

Europe's First Cave Fish Found By Spelunker In Germany

Spelunker Joachim Kreiselmaier accidentally found Europe's first known cave fish while exploring the Danube-Aach cave system in Germany. What are the characteristics of the newly discovered species?

Animals April 5, 2017

Rescuers Trying To Find Gray Whale Entangled In Metal Frame Off Southern California Coast

Rescuers are on the lookout for a gray whale in Southern California. The whale has been spotted entangled in some sort of metal frame, which is estimated to be a part of some fishing gear.

Animals April 4, 2017

April The Giraffe Still Very Much Pregnant, Fans Remain On Anxious ‘Watch And Wait’

The impending labor of a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York has become a matter of global excitement and suspense. Millions of people are waiting to see the climactic moments of the giraffe’s labor that has missed predicted days.

Animals April 4, 2017

Tasmanian Tiger May Still Exist: Here Are Some Supposedly Extinct Animals Found Alive

If scientists find evidence that the supposedly extinct Tasmanian tiger still thrives in Australia, it is not the first time that species thought to be extinct are found alive. Here are some of them.

Animals April 3, 2017

Next Blockbuster Painkiller Could Be Inspired By Opioid-Like Venom Of Aquarium Fish

The tropical aquarium fish called fang blenny injects predators with opioid peptides that act like heroine or morphine. What makes this venom ideal for the development of new painkillers?

Animals April 3, 2017

Badger Filmed Burying Entire 50-Pound Cow Carcass [Video]

A badger was accidentally caught on film burying an entire cow carcass, showing that size does not matter when this scavenger cache its food stores. Watch the video.

Animals March 31, 2017

6-Foot Mammoth Tusk Found On Beach During Unusually Low Tide

Amateur archaeologists on a field walk during an unusually low tide found a mammoth tusk protruding out of the sand of a British coastline. The ivory was not lifted out and remained where it was found. Here's why.

Animals March 31, 2017

Tropical Fish Injects Heroin-Like Venom To Disable Predators

A new study has revealed tiny tropical fish fang blennies as having a unique way of repulsing predators by injecting them with heroin-like venom. The study said the big fangs that deliver venom could have evolved earlier.

Animals March 31, 2017

Manatees Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened, Conservationists Cry Foul

Manatees were on the list of endangered species for decades. However, these creatures have now been reclassified as threatened, which could hamper conservation efforts, according to environmental groups.

Animals April 2, 2017

Eyeballs Grafted On Tails: Blind Tadpoles Get The Most Unusual Eye Transplant

What do blind tadpoles and migraine drugs have in common? Both were part of a creative experimental transplant that proved eyes can fully function when grafted on tails, by connecting directly to the central nervous system.

Animals March 31, 2017

Newly Named Tyrannosaur Species' Facial Reconstruction Gives A Closer Look At A T-Rex's Face

A newly named tyrannosaur species, the Daspletosaurus horneri, has its face reconstructed with the help of a finely preserved 75-million-year-old fossil. Its crocodilian features show the closes possible look at a T-rex’s face.

Animals April 1, 2017

'Sixth Sense' May Have Helped Tyrannosaur Dinosaurs To Hunt Their Prey

The T-rex and other tyrannosaur dinosaurs may have hunted their prey using a "sixth sense." These prehistoric animals have hypersensitive snout that can detect slight changes in the environment.

Animals March 30, 2017

Sex-Shifting Parasitic Fish Chooses Gender Depending On Growth Rate, Study Says

A new study found sea lampreys become male or female depending on how nutrient-rich their environment is. Researchers believe this information can help keep in check this parasitic predatory fish, a threat to the North American Great Lakes.

Animals March 30, 2017

Tasmanian Tiger Sightings Prompt Scientists To Search For Extinct Marsupial In Australia

The Tasmanian tiger, or the thylacine, is believed to be extinct but recent plausible sightings of the carnivorous marsupial prompts scientists to conduct a survey. How do eyewitnesses describe the creature in potential sightings?

Animals March 29, 2017

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