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Scientists Discover Spectacular Ruby-Red Seadragon

By Allegra Staples on February 26, 2015
Scientists Discover Spectacular Ruby-Red Seadragon

Seadragons may sound like mythical creatures from a fairy tale, but these tiny fish that are close cousins of seahorses and pipefish do exist. Found in the coastal waters off southern and western Australia, the gorgeous creatures that feed off tiny crustaceans, plankton, and larval fishes, do not have teeth or a stomach. They therefore, have to eat constantly and are always scouring the oceans in search of prey.

The Quest To Seek Out 52 Hertz AKA "World's Loneliest Whale"

By Meera Dolasia on February 25, 2015
The Quest To Seek Out 52 Hertz AKA "World's Loneliest Whale"

For over two decades, marine biologists have been listening to the songs from a whale that resides in the North Pacific. However, they have never heard a fellow mammal responding. That's because, unlike most whales that croon at a frequency of 15-20 hertz, this one sings at high pitched 52 hertz. As a result, this poor animal has never had a friend and, therefore, become known as the "world's loneliest whale!"

Video Of The Week - Can You Spot The Octopus?

By Meera Dolasia on February 9, 2015
Video Of The Week - Can You Spot The Octopus?

An underwater diver filming the beautiful coral in the Caribbean captured a rare sight - a perfectly camouflaged octopus emerging from its hiding place with its skin transforming from the dull green of the coral to a beautiful sky blue. Jonathon Gordon says that he was just trying to get a closer look at an unusual shell and had no idea that the creature was there, until he was just about a meter away.

Jellyfish Are More Than Aimlessly Drifting Bags Of Gelatin

By Meera Dolasia on February 9, 2015
Jellyfish Are More Than Aimlessly Drifting Bags Of Gelatin

The appearance of large jellyfish blooms is often met with dismay. That's because though these floating blobs of gelatin are essential for the ecosystem and an important food source for certain marine animals, they are very destructive. In addition to inflicting painful stings, large groupings of the invertebrates frequently clog commercial fishing nets and even cause power stations to shut down.

Extended Winter Or Early Spring? Groundhogs Make Their Predictions!

By Meera Dolasia on February 3, 2015
Extended Winter Or Early Spring? Groundhogs Make Their Predictions!

February 2nd was Groundhog Day. This meant that woodchucks (and other animals) all across North America revealed their predictions about the length of this year's winter. Among them were legendary weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil and rising superstar, Staten Island Chuck.

Baby Birds Mimic Toxic Caterpillars to Fool Predators

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on January 30, 2015
Baby Birds Mimic Toxic Caterpillars to Fool Predators

Animals adapt in various ways to protect themselves from predators. Some take on the smell of the food they consume, while others build decoys. But very few are able to do what the cinereous mourner that resides in the Peruvian Amazon rainforests has done. This dull gray bird has evolved such that its chicks not only closely resemble a brightly colored toxic neighbor, but also act like it!

Why Hong Kong's Luminescent Blue Coastline Is A Cause For Concern

By Meera Dolasia on January 26, 2015
Why Hong Kong's Luminescent Blue Coastline Is A Cause For Concern

On Thursday, January 22nd, social media sites were buzzing with excitement at the pictures of the blue patches of glimmering water along Hong Kong's coastline. However, experts were not as thrilled. That's because while the algal bloom responsible for this mesmerizing sight are not toxic to humans, they are well-known to wreak havoc on marine life.

Video Of The Week - Smart Labrador Hops On City Bus Solo, To Visit Dog Park

By Meera Dolasia on January 19, 2015
Video Of The Week - Smart Labrador Hops On City Bus Solo, To Visit Dog Park

While seeing a dog on a public bus is rare, one traveling all by itself is unheard of. That is apparently what Eclipse a two-year-old Labrador that resides in Seattle, does on a regular basis to get to the nearby dog park.

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