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Drone Captures Huge Pod of Humpbacks Feeding in Alaska

Humpback whales using the bubble net techniques. Image via Neutrons for Breakfast.

A drone captured amazing footage of a large pod of Humpback Whales feeding in the pristine waters of Alaska. The aerial drone footage, captured by AkxPro, shows a seagull’s POV of the scene. Here, we see a coordinated hunting technique known as ‘bubble net feeding’. The humpback has the most diverse feeding repertoire of all baleen whales. Its most inventive technique is known as…

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Dog born without front legs can walk thanks to 3D Printing

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Unfortunately, Derby the husky cross wasn’t born like other dogs. While her back paws are normal and well developed, a deformity caused him to be born with small and very twisted forelegs. He couldn’t walk at all. But Derby caught a break when she was adopted by Tara Anderson, who works for a 3D printing company called 3D Systems. Tara teamed up…

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Damming beavers also play a small role in global warming

Beavers have a slight contribution to global warming, by encouraing methane emissions. Image via am980.

These cute furry rodents almost went extinct in the 19th century, but conservation efforts have proven successful and right now, the world has a solid beaver population. But a new study conducted by Canadian researchers found that this increase in population also has some unforeseen consequences: beaver damming generates climate-changing methane emissions. First of all, it has to be said that this…

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Closeup: Intricate macro photography of insects

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We’re used to seeing most insects as tiny specks, with little details distinguishable apart from some legs and wings, but Russian photographer Vasily Menshov invites us to have a closer look. His macro photography is among the most impressive I’ve come across, beautifully displaying flies, crickets or bees in all their intricate details. Some will feel grossed out, other enlightened….

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We’re heading towards a sixth major extinction

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Species on Earth are disappearing at a never-before seen rate in human history. The stark threat hangs over all species – mammals, reptiles, birds, insects – and researchers are still trying to figure out the extent of this potential mass extinction. Now, a new analysis conducted by Nature found that 41% of all amphibians on the planet now face extinction while 26% of…

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This bird mimics a toxic caterpillar

(Image: Santiago David-Rivera)

The warm, humid Amazonian forests hold a stunning biodiversity; somewhere, deep in that magnificent area, a pretty normal looking gray bird makes its way to a nest made from dried leaves, to feed its offspring. It would seem that the nest has been devastated by a giant, toxic, bright orange caterpillar… but something magical happens – the caterpillar metamorphoses into a hungry…

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The filefish smells like its camouflage to avert predators

Image: Rock'n'Critters

The world isn’t just fight or flight, there’s also a third option: hide. The reef-dwelling fish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris), also known as the harlequin filefish,  is a true master of disguise that not only blends with its environment to avert itself from the gaze of a hungry predator, it also dissimulates its odor. In other words, the fish not only looks like coral, it…

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Blowfish don’t actually hold their breath when inflated

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When under threat, the pufferfish quickly inflates into a spherical shape to help it ward off  and escape predators. Until now, biologist had thought that in this state the pufferfish – also known as the blowfish, toadfish or sea squab – holds its breath all the while, but this assumption has been overturn by the findings made by Australian researchers who…

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Electric Mind Control: How the Electric Eel Dominates its Prey

The electric eel can send out bursts of up to 600 volts. Image via Wiki Commons.

The Electric Eel, a scaleless fish from the Amazon possesses an electroshock system very similar to a Taser. Not only can it stun its prey with the shock, but it can also make it twitch involuntarily, revealing its position. The electric eel is able to generate powerful electric shocks of up to 650 volts, which it uses not only for attack and…

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City ants are garbage eating, rat-fighting machines

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Ants often get a lot of bad rep for being “pests” in the city, but a new study has shown that ant populations are actually very helpful in urban environments. Scientists researching the behavior of ants have found that they dispose of garbage with remarkable efficiency, keeping rats and other garbage-dependent pests at bay. “Urban green spaces provide ecosystem services to…