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21 Nov

Beautiful Little Nudibranch Washes Ashore in Australia

Came across this odd critter at Broadbeach today. It's a Glaucus Atlanticus.

Posted by Lucinda Fry on Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's not a mythical creature, though it is named after one. This is the sea creature named Glaucus atlanticus, or blue dragon as it is more commonly known! It is a species of sea slug, more specifically a nudibranch, and can be found in tropical waters all around the world. This little one was recently found on the beach in Queensland, Australia. They are known to wash up on beaches even though they are more commonly found in open water.

But the blue dragon's looks aren't the only thing worth discussing. This little creature is able to eat poisonous jellyfish like Portuguese Man o' War because they are immune to its venom. After that, the blue dragon is able to store that venom in their finger-like extremities. So while they are beautiful, and pretty cute, don't touch them unless you want a pretty bad sting!

Learn more about another weird sea creature here!

10 Nov

Sea Lion Catches a Ride on Back of Whale

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

Almost all of today's top surfers are human, but a new video filmed off Mexico's Baja Peninsula proves that our fin-footed cousins are no less talented at hanging ten.

According to uploader WhaleOfATime, this surfing sea lion was just looking for a place to rest his barking flippers when he ended up catching the ride of his life instead.

"Man, I'm beat." 

"Hmm, this looks like a good place to stop."


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9 Nov

Dog Sees Dolphins For the First Time and Decides to Become One

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(Guest post by  Caitlin Jill Anders from

Sandy was a stray who was rescued off the streets in the Bahamas and given a family — but that was only the beginning of her amazing adventures.

Sandy recently had the opportunity to go on a boat for only the second time in her life, and she saw something she'd never seen before ...



Sandy was in awe, and kept turing to the camera as if to say, "Who are they, and how can I meet them?" The look on her face says it all.

"This might just be the BEST day of my whole LIFE!"

Eager to find out more about these incredible new friends, there was only one logical thing to do — Sandy decided to join them.


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3 Nov

Hungry Octopus Flies Out of Ocean to Catch Crabby Meal

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

It's never a good idea to turn your back on the sea, but if there's a hungry octopus lurking below, it could end up being a very grave mistake indeed.

A hair-raising video filmed in Yallingup, Western Australia, demonstrates the fearsome tenacity of one such octopus, who refused to let a little land get between him and his lunch.

"I didn't know why I chose to film this crab, but thought I would try and get closer to it," wrote 30-year-old Porsche Indrisie, who uploaded the video on YouTube, "but something else beat me to it."

Famous for their intelligence, octopuses have demonstrated the ability to open jarsuse tools and even take pictures, so it's no wonder the clever mollusk was able to catch his prey. Few, however, would have guessed how quickly he could do it.

"When I first saw the octopus, I thought it was a black crab it moved so fast," Indrisie told WAToday. "I was just so surprised the octopus could leap out of the water like that."

YouTube/Porsche Indrisie 

No kidding!

Octopi don't just stop at attacking crabs! They can get feisty with divers that get to close! Watch one such encounter here:

30 Oct

People Rush In to Save Stranded Shark

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

There might have been a time when the sighting of a shark along the shore would've sent folks fleeing in fear. But recently it seems that attitudes toward these oft-maligned predators have taken a welcome turn.

Earlier this week, after a large blue shark became hopelessly stranded during high tide in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the reaction of the beach-going public wasn't to run to safety — rather, they rushed to her aid. A local harbormaster, Rex McKinsey, was among those who helped coordinate the effort to comfort the shark through her ordeal.

"There were a handful of people with buckets," McKinsey told The Dodo. "People who live nearby were bringing out pots and pans and things to help."

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29 Oct

Orca Launches Seal Out of the Water

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

As one of the world's most intelligent and capable aquatic predators, killer whales don't mess around when it comes to making sure they stay ahead of their next meal.

Whale watchers off the coast of Vancouver, Canada, recently had the chance to witness this animal's remarkable hunting skills in action first hand. During his pursuit of a plump, tasty prey, one orca was seen using his powerful tail to launch a seal high up into the air — presumably to make shorter work of securing his snack.

"[W]e were fortunate yesterday to video a family of Killer Whales known as the T69s," Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours wrote on Facebook. "T69c is the large male orca that caught and killed a Pacific harbour [s]eal. I have been doing this for 18 years and have only had the pleasure of seeing this magnificent 'hunt' of a marine mammal being thrown in the air about 4 times. This is not only the best of the 4 I have experienced but the only one we have captured on film."

Learn more about orca hunting habits here:

29 Oct

Man Touches Stingray Only to Discover She's Pregnant

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Yanked from the water by a hook in her mouth, a pregnant stingray surprised a family on a fishing trip when they saw what was poking out of her.

Off the shores of Port Charlotte, Florida, in the summer of 2014, the Conger family fishing boat suddenly turned into an operating room when the family noticed small stingers making their way out of the mother's body.

As a father himself, Terry Conger felt compassion for the stingray in labor, so he followed his instincts. And with a few gentle pushes, the fisherman-turned-midwife helped the mother give birth ...

Not once.

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28 Oct

Surfer Finds Large Prehistoric Shark Tooth

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Remnants of the largest species of shark to have ever lived are now resurfacing — nearly 2.6 million years after the animal went extinct.

Several Megalodon teeth have been collected over recent weeks on the beaches of North Carolina. One of those teeth was found in Surf City by a man named Danny Bland, and it's about as big as a human hand.

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"I felt like I was a lottery winner," Bland said in an interview with WITN-TV. "I'm the first one to touch that since it fell out of his mouth back in the day."

While it's common to find shark teeth on the beaches of North Carolina, finding Megalodon teeth is much rarer. However, recent stormy weather and beach renourishment projects have caused some of the ancient fossils to be kicked back up into the currents, according to WITN.

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27 Oct

Friendly Sea Lion Hops On Boat to Ask For a Hug

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It's totally true that sea lions are the puppies of the sea — they love to give surprise snuggles whenever possible. This dude is totally delighted that a friendly sea lion "jumped aboard" his little boat to hang out.

"He snuggles right against my back," the dude says, laughing. 

Of course this guy makes the common mistake of calling his new little friend a seal when he is, in fact, a sea lion. But that shouldn't stop them from having a great time out on the water together.

"Are you going to ride with me all day?" he asks the sea lion before shutting the camera off. We hope the answer was yes.

Watch the whole video here:

See more playful sea lions here!

22 Oct

Patient Man Hand-Feeds Sick Eel Special Fishy Meal

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

For many, a lifelong fondness for animals begins with a connection to a cat or dog, but a video showing a diver's daily feeding ritual with a sick conger proves the relationship between man and eel can be just as tender.

"This sea snake that you see is called Conger conger - it is sick and I every day [sic] the port of small fish stuffed with medicines," wrote LiveLeak user veliferum, who uploaded the footage on Tuesday. 


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