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1 Sep

Unique Fish Species is Dangerously Close to Extinction

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

After roaming the ocean for the last 55 million years virtually unchanged, the end may soon be nigh for one of the planet's most unique species.

What makes spotted handfish so special is evident in their name. Instead of swimming, these rare little fish evolved hand-like pectoral fins, which they use to quite literally 'walk' along the sea floor. Throughout their long tenure on Earth, spotted handfish endured while others died out — but now they face their greatest challenge yet. 

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28 Aug

Whales Gather Around Music, Have a Dance Party

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Humans aren't the only animals captivated by music. As it turns out, whales seem to enjoy the soft melody of a peaceful tune just as much as we do.

Explore.org, an organization that honors people who have had dedicated their lives to "extraordinary causes," posted a video to its Facebook page showing a beluga whale happily swimming along to the melody a cello.

A man in a boat plays the instrument while an excited friend looks on and motions to the water. There, we see and hear the beluga bellowing with excitement and making noises that are certainly sounds of joy.

As the big, beautiful creature chirps with happiness, we see that he's joined by a whole group of his friends below. They had a dance party under the sea!

It's no surprise these fellas enjoy a good song. Research has shown that not only do animals understand and enjoy music, but they can time their movements to the beat and "dance." Don't believe us? Check out this list of videos where animals are captivated by music!

Beluga whales seem as enchanted by the soulful sounds of the cello as we are. http://goo.gl/MhaeaI

Posted by explore.org on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Those belugas love listening to music, but these belugas love PLAYING music! Watch them perform here:

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28 Aug

Whale Washes Up On Beach and People Do the Exact Right Thing

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A minke whale who washed up on a coastline was slowly drying out, and time was running out to save him.

Good samaritans alerted Project Jonah, an organization in New Zealand that helps whales in need.

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25 Aug

Shy Octopus Turns Serious Scientists into Total Softies

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Scientists were talking normal scientific stuff over live footage of the sea floor just off the coast of California.

"The forced feedback — it gives us a 40 pound to one ratio —," one scientist was saying.

"Can I just step in for a second?" another interrupted. "This is almost like a posed picture."

A striking image of a jellyfish floated across the screen, just above a tiny dumbo octopus.

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21 Aug

Wild Orcas Surprise Kayaker

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

Off the coast of New Zealand this week, a man in a kayak had a close encounter with some majestic and beautiful sea creatures.

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20 Aug

Rare Deep-Sea Jellyfish Makes a Stunning Appearance

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

One needn't travel to a distant solar system in hopes of finding creatures seemingly ripped from science fiction. Truth is, some of the most alien-looking lifeforms imaginable live right here on Earth.

Online forum Reddit was abuzz on Wednesday after user Phillip Trudeau shared a recent video of an enormous, rarely seen jellyfish. The massive animal, identified as Stygiomedusa gigantea, was reportedly caught on film by a remotely operated vehicle more than 3,000 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico — drifting through the depths with flowing tentacles that can reach up to 20 feet in length.

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19 Aug

Spinner Dolphin Wows Snorklers

It's common knowledge that dolphins love to jump out of the water, but did you know a species of dolphin are able to spin when they jump, too?

While swimming off the coast of Hawaii, some lucky snorklers on a dolphin tour found this out as they watched a spinner dolphin's acrobatic prowess and caught it on camera. This particular video was captured by a couple on their honeymoon. Not a bad way to celebrate a new marriage, huh?

Spinner dolphins, who are known for their aerial acrobatics. Spinner dolphins travel in huge groups, with numbers sometimes reaching the thousands. Hawaii has a unique population of this species, as they settle in bays along the coast during the day while moving into deep water at night to hunt. 

Want to learn more about dolphins? Then check out our Ultimate Dolphin Guide below!

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18 Aug

Plastic Straw Removed from Sea Turtle's Nose

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)

Warning: some of these images may be considered graphic

One look at this turtle and you will never litter again.

Turtle researcher Nathan Robinson and his colleague, Chris Figgener, were looking for mating sea turtles off the coast of Costa Rica when they came across an olive ridley sea turtle with something odd up his nose.

Robinson, who's currently studying creatures who live on sea turtles, originally thought it was a tubeworm. But when he tried to pull it out, he realized it was something quite different. 

Nathan Robinson 

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13 Aug

New Footage Released of the Biggest Great White Shark Ever Caught on Camera

During Shark Week 2014, Discovery aired footage of Deep Blue, a great white shark measuring approximately 20 feet in length and estimated to be about 50 years old. She was discovered by shark researcher, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, off the coast of Mexico, near Guadalupe Island. This massive creature is the biggest shark to ever be filmed. While this seems like old news, new footage of Deep Blue has been shared by Padilla himself. Watch below:

Watch more great white shark footage here:

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12 Aug

Shark Puts Whales to Shame with Incredible Leap

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from thedodo.com)

This shark could put any whale to shame with his acrobatic skills.

A recent video shows a great white shark shooting out of the water like a bullet and sailing into the air in an impressive display of breaching skills.

YouTube/White Shark Video

The footage, which was taken off the coast of South Africa, was released by White Shark Video late last week. It's unclear whether this shark was happy or he thought he found some food — sharks often shoot straight up when they eat — but either way it reinforces what we already know: Sharks are awesome.

Watch the video below for the full leap, plus a slow-motion recap (begins at 1:35).

Get more shark videos here!

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