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Monday, July 22, 2024
Ultra-rare whale never seen alive washes up on on New Zealand beach — and scientists could now dissect it for the 1st time

Ultra-rare whale never seen alive washes up on on New Zealand...

A mysterious dead whale that recently washed up on a New Zealand beach may belong to the world's rarest cetacean species, spade-toothed whales, which are so elusive they have never been seen alive. If this is the case, the newfound specimen will give scientists a rare chance to study the creatures we know next to…
Deadly snake delivers enough venom to kill 400 humans in record-breaking ‘milking’

Deadly snake delivers enough venom to kill 400 humans in record-breaking...

A captive snake in Australia has broken the world record for the most venom produced in one go, according to the creature's keepers.With a single bite, the snake — a coastal taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) named Cyclone — ejected more than 0.18 ounces (5.2 grams) of venom. That's three times the average amount produced by a…
‘Lovely freak of nature’: Mutant blue frog hops into wildlife sanctuary workshop

‘Lovely freak of nature’: Mutant blue frog hops into wildlife sanctuary...

Scientists in Australia have discovered a tree frog with bright blue skin instead of the usual green color, new pictures show.The blue pigmentation is due to a rare genetic mutation, experts say.Land managers in a wildlife sanctuary in Kimberley, Western Australia, spotted the mutant amphibian when it hopped into their workshop and sat on a…
Pair of dog-size dinosaurs likely crushed to death in underground burrow collapse

Pair of dog-size dinosaurs likely crushed to death in underground burrow...

Researchers have discovered a never-before-seen species of dinosaur that may have lived underground in burrows. The new find demonstrates the versatility of these extinct reptiles in exploiting ecological niches and adapting to their environments, the scientists say. In a new study published Tuesday (July 9) in the journal The Anatomical Record, scientists described a series of…
Panda ant: The wasps whose black and white females have giant stingers and parasitic babies

Panda ant: The wasps whose black and white females have giant...

Name: Panda ant (Euspinolia militaris)Where it lives: ChileWhat it eats: Nectar from flowers, small insectsWhy it's awesome: Despite the name, panda ants are a type of wasp belonging to the Mutillidae family, whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. They have a velvety white coat, with black spots around the eyes and body — similar…
Do animals have friends?

Do animals have friends?

In 2020, a viral video of an unusual interaction between a badger and a coyote charmed the internet. Filmed by a remote sensor camera in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, the footage showed the two animals entering a culvert to cross under a highway. Tail wagging, the coyote bounded toward the badger and then away from…
Lion brothers in search of mates just set a record for longest-known swim

Lion brothers in search of mates just set a record for...

Enlarge / The intrepid three-legged lion Jacob and his brother Tibu prepare for a hunt.Alexander Braczkowski On February 4, scientists monitoring lion populations in Uganda captured nighttime thermal drone footage of two lions—brothers dubbed Jacob and Tibu by the Uganda Wildlife Authority—swimming across the predator-infested Kazinga Channel connecting two lakes, most likely to find mates.…
Entire pod of 89 pilot whales dies on Scottish beach in freak mass stranding

Entire pod of 89 pilot whales dies on Scottish beach in...

More than 80 pilot whales have died after mysteriously becoming stranded on a beach in Scotland. The mass stranding of the entire pod is thought to be the biggest the country has seen in nearly 30 years.Locals reported the stranding to rescuers around 10:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET) on Thursday (July 11), according…
Lion brothers in search of mates just set a record for longest known swim

Lion brothers in search of mates just set a record for...

Enlarge / The intrepid three-legged lion Jacob and his brother Tibu prepare for a hunt.Alexander Braczkowski On February 4, scientists monitoring lion populations in Uganda captured nighttime thermal drone footage of two lions—brothers dubbed Jacob and Tibu by the Uganda Wildlife Authority—swimming across the predator-infested Kazinga Channel connecting two lakes, most likely to find mates.…
20 amazing animal tongues

20 amazing animal tongues

Don't underestimate the tongue, a muscular organ that humans use for licking, breathing, tasting, swallowing and speaking. But this organ varies widely in color, shape, length and function across the animal kingdom. Whereas human tongues are pink and typically just over 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) long, the anteater has a 2-foot-long (60 cm) tongue and the…

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