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Distressed elephants get 'hugs' from pals - Futurity

Asian elephants will physically touch and make noises to comfort fellow elephants in distress, a new study shows.

Vast Underwater Survey Identifies Five Keys to Conserving Ocean Life

Dozens of volunteer divers surveyed marine protected areas worldwide, to discover why life flourishes in some while failing in others.<p>Oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth. Somewhat less than 2 percent of that area has been set aside in marine protected areas: refuges where sea life is supposed to …

13 photos that will make you want to become a wildlife photographer

Photographer Gary Davenport captures amazing images of the diverse wildlife that call Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge home.<p>All photos: Gary …

Birds

27 Amazing Macro Snowflake Images Shot with a DIY Camera Set Up

Photography

The Navy’s Amazing Ocean-Powered Underwater Drone

While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a …

Bright Neon Portraits of Exotic Life Underwater

Photographer Mark Laita captures the plentiful patterns and beautifully vibrant colors of marine life that can be found submerged in the oceans in his ongoing series of animal portraits. Following his series <i>Serpentine</i>, which focused on multihued snakes from around the world, Laita has compiled this …

Fish

The Trail of the Whales: Look How Far We've Come

We've nearly made it to the end of our journey. My toddler and I have been following the grey whale migration up the west coast of the Americas. I pieced the journey together using public transport, on a tight budget and tight schedule. We've been travelling by train, bus, boat and taking a few …

Whales

Shark Nearly Chokes To Death On Moose, Is Saved By Canadian Bystanders (PHOTOS)

In case you were wondering, it is indeed possible for a shark to bite off more than it can chew.<p>As evidence, we submit this Greenland shark, which two good samaritans recently rescued from choking to death on a moose. One of the men, Derrick Chaulk, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation he …

Orphaned Fur Seal on Track at Alaska SeaLife Center

An orphaned Northern Fur Seal left in a box outside the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices is on track despite a rough start in life.<p>Photo …

Vancouver Aquarium Releases Rehabilitated Harbor Seals

After receiving months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, seven rehabilitated Harbor Seal pups poked their noses out of …

Finding Nemos at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium just pointed us to these amazing photos hundreds of baby Clownfish hatching behind the scenes! Details from the Aquarium's …

Animal Photos Of The Week: Baby Turtles Venture Into The Ocean

<i>Some of the most popular animal stories from the last week include:</i><p>Some chimpanzees sued for their freedom, with a little help from their human friends.<br>• Hawaii and Australia considered shark culling after a series of attacks.<br>• A shocking video warned against the perils of overfishing.<br>• Scientists …

Heartwarming Photos of a New Baby Gorilla and Her Doting Grandmother

Recently, the San Francisco Zoo welcomed a new member to their family and she's as cute as can be. Though her mother Nneka is doing fine, the adorable 5-month-old gorilla named Kabibe (or “little lady” in Swahili) is being carefully cared for by her grandmother named Bawang who has assumed the role …

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