Wildlife and Nature

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Beautiful Footage of Graceful Bell Jellies Moving Through Blue Waters at Monterey Bay Aquarium

As a part of their Drifters Gallery, the Monterey Bay Aquarium captured absolutely beautiful footage of Polyorchis Bell Jellies moving their delicate …

Life Sciences

High-Speed Video Captures Amazing Viper Strike in the Wild

For the first time, scientists have captured high-speed video of a viper striking at its prey in the wild.<p>The infrared footage shows a Mohave …

Scientists Find the Elusive Neurons Give Bats Their Internal GPS

Bats' vector cells keep track of their angle and distance from a target.<p>Scientists have discovered a new kind of neuron in bats that allows them to figure out their angle and distance to a location, a new study in <i>Nature</i> reports. Though we know a lot about the neurons that help animals locate …

Science

11 Mysterious Facts About Okapis

The giraffe’s closest living relative is a striped, long-tongued beast called the okapi. These forest-dwelling creatures are elusive—so much so that …

Wildlife

Scientists discover that white rhino dung has a lot in common with a Facebook post

Here’s a social networking site you can find with your nose. Scientists studying the communal pooping areas of white rhinos in South Africa have found that the animals use them like social messaging boards – to leave notes about their status and to read the “posts” of others.<p>The discovery, …

Wildlife

A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knows

Knowing one's limits can be a strength. Just ask Socrates, whose Socratic paradox is often summed up in the phrase: "I know one thing: that I know …

This lovely seadragon has never been seen alive, until now

Ladies and gentlemen, meet one of the newest known members of the animal kingdom.<p>For the first time, scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, have filmed a new species of seadragon in the wild. Dubbed the ruby seadragon for its resplendent red coloration, …

Nature

Woodland creatures build snowmen, toss snowballs in photographer's winter playground

Russian photographer Vadim Trunov is known for his captivating photos of wildlife. When the snow falls, Trunov takes to the great outdoors to capture …

Why these camera trap photos of ocelot kittens are a big deal

This year, biologists in Texas were thrilled to discover rare ocelot kittens at den sites they have been monitoring through camera traps and GPS …

Tequila makers helped bring this bat species back from the brink

When environmentalists and industry leaders come together for conservation, amazing things happen. Take, for instance, the case of the lesser …

Biological Species

Everybody likes a snow day (at the zoo)

Portland, Oregon, has been covered in snow this week — with 6.5 inches measured at the Portland International Airport on Jan. 11, and some areas …

Wildlife

This bumble bee was everywhere. Now it’s on the endangered species list.

For the first time in American history, a bumble bee species has been placed on the endangered species list. It probably won’t be the last.<p>The rusty patched bumble bee was so prevalent 20 years ago that pedestrians in Midwest cities fought to shoo them away. Now, even trained scientists and …

Nature

Earth's tiniest porpoise approaches extinction

Only about 60 vaquitas are left on Earth, according to a new report, down from an estimated population of 97 less than two years ago.<p>The vaquita is …

Conservation

Scientists Stumped By Thousands Of Dead Fish Off Nova Scotia

The animals are being tested for diseases, toxins and infections.<p>Weeks of tests have failed to find the cause of the mysterious mass die-off of thousands of fish washing up on the southwestern shores of Nova Scotia.<p>Besides a tsunami of dead and dying herring, creatures that have washed ashore …

Animals

Rare 'ghost shark' haunts new waters

The ocean is filled with eerie creatures, and the deeper you descend into the depths, the more haunting the aquatic life becomes. This includes the …

Fish

Bizarre Mariana Trench 'alien call' identified

Metallic noise captured from the deepest point on Earth's surface.<p>In July 2015, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

NOAA

More than 160 new species found in Mekong

Lizards, snakes, frogs and plants are among a wealth of new life identified in the remote but biologically diverse region of Asia.<p>The Greater Mekong …

Biological Species

Here's a sure-fire way to keep squirrels out of the bird feeder

Bird feeders are supposed to be for the birds, but we all know the real story: they attract as many squirrels as birds, if not more. To curtail …

Squirrels

President Obama permanently protects the Arctic Ocean from oil drilling

The United States and Canada together have acted to protect nearly all of the Arctic Ocean and a large portion of the Atlantic Ocean from oil and gas …

Oil

Drone video captures killer whales eating a shark alive

Shortly after Monterey Bay Whale Watch took about a dozen hopeful whale-watchers out to sea last Tuesday, the group received a call from a fishing boat.<p>“Hey, is anyone whale watching? I’ve got some killer whales up here,” Katlyn Taylor, a marine biologist with the California company, recalled the …

Marine Mammals

Watch: Mysterious ghost shark captured on camera for the first time

Like its Greek mythological namesake, the chimaera — or “ghost shark” — is a mysterious, rarely-seen creature with a patchwork of bizarre features.<p>Dwelling in the depths of the ocean, its eyes are pale and seemingly dead. Where teeth should be, the ghost shark uses tooth plates instead to grind …

Biological Species

A whale may be the source of that mysterious noise coming from the Mariana Trench

Science may finally — finally! — have given us an answer to the most burning question of 2016: What is that strange noise coming out of the Mariana …

Great Barrier Reef

SeaWorld Rescue Team Assisted with Four Stranded Manatees

December 15, 2016<p>Manatees like warm water. In the winter, when water temperatures drop, SeaWorld’s Rescue Team gets called upon to help manatees move …

Mammals

Why can't monkeys talk? Blame their brains

Monkeys have the working anatomy to talk. It's just that their brains aren't wired to get the words out. That's the conclusion of a new study …

The Brain

14 photos that show the wonderful diversity of wading birds

These beautiful birds range in size, shape and color, but they're all found near the water.<p>The charisma of wading birds is often overlooked or …

Birds

10 Spectacular Owl Photos You Have to See

The life of an owl is hectic. Hungry mates and babies insist on constant food deliveries. Making ends meet—read: finding lots of meadow voles—is a …

Birds

Climate change isn’t just shrinking ice caps — reindeer are getting smaller too

Climate change may be doing more than shrinking ice caps and raising sea levels, according to some researchers. For reindeer on one Arctic island …

Climate Change

Wildlife officials: Photo taken in AZ captures possible 2nd jaguar in US

Authorities say a photo taken in southern Arizona shows what is believed to be the second wild jaguar in the United States.

Arizona