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Great White Shark Longevity

Scientists have discovered that great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) actually live longer than previously thought (up to 23 years or so). Using radiocarbon age estimates, Dr. Hamady and colleagues at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution determined the animals can live to the ripe-old-age of 70+ years. These findings mean that great white sharks, like humans, may…

The mystery of deformed frogs

Since 1995 deformed frogs have been turning up. Call them the canaries in the coal mine for environmental health. Frogs are showing signs of some kind of stress. So is it a parasite? Pollution? A natural phenomenon? Cannibalism? Fungus? Ultraviolet light? Something in the water? Video from YouTube The tap water data referred to in…

A dog’s compass

Okay, here is something rather interesting that I came across today. Scientists have discovered that dogs will align their bodies with the Earth’s magnetic field before excretion. What is even more amazing is that the scientists actually observed over 5,000 pee breaks and over 1,800 defecations to come to this conclusion. Their findings suggest that…

It should be noted that the theory of dolphins getting “high” off puffer fish is highly controversial as others have mentioned that tetrodotoxin, the neurotoxin released from puffer fish, is famous for causing paralysis making it more of a poison as opposed to a good time. It is reportedly more potent than cyanide. In fact,…

A new documentary from BBC called “Spy in the Pod” has captured what they claim to be footage of dolphins using puffer fish to reportedly “get high”. According to a quote from the Daily Mail, “Zoologist and series producer Rob Pilley said that it was the first time dolphins had been filmed behaving this way.”…

Strangest Animals

I just read this blog describing the very strange animal moments. Check it out! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2013/12/24/top-ten-strangest-animal-moments-of-2013/?WT_mc_id=SA_CAT_BS_20131227 Just look at the cute little Tinkerbella fly, a mere 250 micrometers long, that was discovered in Costa Rica:

What do elk and deer eat in the winter?

This was a very good question brought up by a reader of the prior post. As it turns out, deer and elk move between summer and winter ranges. The winter range is at a lower elevation where there are more resources such as shrubs and grasses. Since they eat similar foods, they often compete for…

Happy Holidays!

This was too cute not to share. Here is a video of animals in Blank Park Zoo in Iowa performing their version of a Christmas carol.

Ever wonder what reindeer eat?

Unlike Santa’s reindeer living in the lap of luxury at the North Pole, wild reindeer that live in the barren tundra have to find their own food. Being too chilly for trees, the tundra is hospitable to only shrubs, grasses and lichen, which are abundant during the warmer seasons. However, during the winter when the…

Could giant freshwater octopuses really be to blame for the many unexplained drownings in Oklahoma’s lakes?