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New Zealand’s Penguins Are Fast Disappearing: How Are Penguins Elsewhere In The World Doing - Or Dying?

Just like the yellow-eyed penguin of New Zealand, the already endangered African penguin is also under threat of becoming extinct. More than half of the world’s penguin species are dwindling due to global warming and man’s intrusion in their habitat.

Animals May 17, 2017

New Zealand's Penguins Are On The Verge Of Extinction

New Zealand's penguin population is at risk of going extinct within the next few decades. Climate change is a factor, but it's not the sole culprit.

Animals May 16, 2017

How Long Did The Dinosaurs Last After Chicxulub Impact? 'Maybe Months'

What really killed the dinosaurs? It wasn't the asteroid, but the long winter that followed its descent.

Animals May 16, 2017

Extinction By Chance? Dinosaurs Would Have Survived If Chicxulub Asteroid Struck Earth 30 Seconds Earlier

The asteroid that created the Chicxulub crater and was blamed for the extinction of dinosaurs may have hit the waters of the Pacific or Atlantic if it arrived late. What could have happened if it was delayed for 30 seconds?

Animals May 15, 2017

Suspected Giant Squid Found In Indonesia Is As Big As Boat: Here Are Other Gigantic Sea Animals That Washed Up Ashore

A creature thought to be a giant squid washed up on the shores of Indonesia. What other massive sea creatures recently ended up on sandy shores?

Animals May 13, 2017

Gigantic Sea Creature That Washed Up On Indonesia's Shores Is Not A Giant Squid: What Is It?

The mysterious creature that washed up on the shores of an Indonesian island was initially thought to be a boat. It was later described as a giant squid but marine experts think it is something else.

Animals May 12, 2017

15 Great White Sharks Spotted Swimming Near Beachgoers Off California Coast

Orange County officers advised beachgoers to calmly head to shore after spotting a number of great white sharks in the surf line. Watch the video footage taken from a helicopter.

Animals May 12, 2017

Humans' Sense Of Smell Is Just As Good As Dogs’: Study

It is a popular belief that the human olfactory sense is inferior to that of other mammals. A new research traces the history of this myth and proves this false.

Animals May 12, 2017

Preserved Soft Tissues Found In Dinosaur That Looked Like Ghostbusters Monster

Fossils of the Zuul Crurivastator, an ankylosaur dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, were found to have preserved soft tissues. How does this make the specimen a rare find?

Animals May 11, 2017

Orphan No More: Dinosaur Fossil ‘Baby Louie' Finally Identified As Member Of New Species

Famous dinosaur fossil 'Baby Louie,' found in China some 20 years ago, is now described as part of a new species of giant oviraptorosaurs. Learn more about the characteristics of the Beibeilong sinensis.

Animals May 10, 2017

What Are Narwhal Tusks For? Drone Footage Of The Toothed Whales Off Waters In Canada Offers Answer [Video]

Drone footage of narwhals confirms one theory about how they use their mysterious tusk. Watch how these toothed whales use their protruding tooth.

Animals May 13, 2017

How Come Sharks Are Washing Up Dead On San Francisco Bay?

Thousands of leopard sharks have died in San Francisco Bay and have washed up on shores. According to experts, the possible cause of this mass mortality could be poisoning from chemical waste dumped into the bay from the drains.

Animals May 7, 2017

Killer Whale Found Dead In Scotland Has Highest Level Of Toxic Chemical Ever Recorded

An adult killer whale from a small group of whales in Scotland was found dead last year. Analysis of her blubber shows the highest ever recorded PCB toxicity levels in a marine mammal.

Animals May 5, 2017

Denmark Welcomes Its First Wolf Pack After 200 Years

Scientists confirm the first wolf pack to prowl Denmark two centuries after the last European wolf was killed in the country. Experts are wary about revealing more information.

Animals May 5, 2017

Supreme Court Will Not Review Case Challenging Critical Habitat Of Polar Bears In The Arctic

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept a case challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for designating a 120 million-acre area in the Arctic as critical habitat for Polar Bears. Roughly 96 percent of the critical habitat was offshore.

Animals May 2, 2017

Orca Attacks Are Killing More Gray Whales In California Than Previously Thought: Study

Orca attacks on the calves of gray whales have increased in California’s Monterey Bay. The killings became more pronounced after April 20, despite the late arrival of calves and mothers from Mexico.

Animals May 2, 2017

Female Dragonflies Fake Death To Avoid Sexual Harassment

A zoologist made a surprising discovery while observing odonates in the Swiss Alps. Female dragonflies pretend to die when harassed by males that wish to mate.

Animals April 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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