Archives for January, 2012

Kicking sand to catch fish

I really love fishing! I can’t think of a more relaxing time than sitting by the lake, or a more exciting time than going deep sea fishing. Therefore, I find animals that have come up with unique ways of catching fish pretty interesting. Take for example the humpback whales that we talked about in a…

Researchers have discovered that dolphins might be able to learn a new language! Four captive bottlenose dolphins in Port-Saint-Pere, France have repeatedly heard recorded whale sounds during their various performances at the aquatic park. When researchers recorded the dolphins talking in their sleep, they found that the animals actually made whale-like noises as opposed to…

Catnip for dogs?

A reader asked if there was an herb equivalent to catnip for dogs. In my search for the answer to that question, I came across many articles claiming that although some dogs will actually respond to catnip, aniseed is to dogs what catnip is to cats. Foxhounds will reportedly follow the scent of anise oil…

Just in case you have not yet had a chance to see this video of a murmuration (a flock of starlings) showing thousands of the birds and their impressive ability to coordinate flight, here it is. I can see why it went viral, it really is a must-see: Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

Can abstinence make you more sexy?

If you are a blue-footed booby, the answer is yes. Female blue-footed boobies find males with bright-blue feet pretty sexy. The problem is repeated mating comes with diminished foot color and attractiveness as the males get older. What is a male with dull feet to do? Apparently the solution is easy. All they have to…

Catnip addicts

I just finished reading an interesting article from The Scientist on what makes catnip so addicting to our feline friends. In our house, we refer to it as “kitty pot” because our cat just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. One sniff and he is rubbing all over the plant and then does…

Scientists exploring newly discovered deep-sea vents in the Antarctic have also discovered new species of hairy-chested yeti crabs (the “hair” being from bacteria), anemones, and predatory seven-armed sea stars. Many of these animals have never been seen before at hydrothermal vents explored in other oceans. Video from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) exploring the first…

There is a new suspect thought to contribute to the demise of honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies worldwide, termed colony collapse disorder (CCD). Until now, scientists have identified a host of potential culprits including pesticides that might weaken their immune systems, pathogens, parasites, and malnutrition from poor nutritional sources: Watch Silence of the Bees on PBS.…