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26 May

Sneaky Seal Steps Into Market, Makes Off With Fruit (VIDEO)

In this surveillance footage, you can see a brazen seal hop out of the water, cross a dock and make its way into a market, where it then stole a package of fruit left on the floor, according to Oregon Live.

We appreciate the seal's tenacity, even though it probably would have preferred some fish.

Check out this video of some more playful seals:

24 May

Gulf of Mexico Diver Stumbles Upon Great White Shark (VIDEO)

A charter captain diving in the Gulf of Mexico got quite the surprise when a great white shark snuck up on him, Discovery News reports.

Grayson Shepard was coming up from 90 feet down during a hunt for lionfish when he spotted the shark about 22 feet underwater.

“He was docile, not aggressive at all,” Shepard told the Tallahassee Democrat. “But it’s like your worst nightmare. I felt totally helpless. It was like it saw me before I saw it. That spooked me.”

Learn more about Great White Sharks in the video below:

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23 May

Ever Wonder What Whales Hear?

Whales use sound to navigate the world — in fact, you might even say that their worlds are entirely woven of sound. But...

Posted by NPR on Friday, May 22, 2015

Our jaws dropped when we first listened to this NPR report that seeks to capture the noises that whales hear, and how the loudness of humans could be bad news for the species.

In the "Look at This: Drowned Out" report, Christopher Clark, a senior scientist in bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, gives insight as to what the noises we make are doing to the underwater creatures. Along with the audio report is a visualization of ocean currents provided by NASA.

It's no secret that whales rely on sound to navigate and live in the ocean, as evidenced by the video below.

For even more on the report, head over to NPR.

 

15 May

A Monster Find: Warm-Blooded Opah Fish Discovered Deep in Pacific Ocean

In what is quite the discovery, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers found the first warm-blooded fish living deep in the Pacific Ocean, according to USA Today.

The Opah, unlike other fish, generate heat when they swim and have special blood vessels that distribute warmth throughout their disc-shaped bodies. Along with this, the Opah (considered deepwater predators) have "counter-current heat exchangers" in their gills that work to lessen heat loss and keep their body temperature above the water temperature as they swim 250 feet undersea, USA Today reported.

The opah isn't the only fish to warm it's body while swimming. Apparently tuna and sharks are known to temporarily warm their swimming muscles. However, the difference is that the opah can warm its entire body, similar to whole-body endothermy, which is how mammals and birds distinguish themselves from fish and reptiles.

Thanks to its warm-blooded talent, the opah is able to swim at faster speeds, something not common of deep, cold-water fish. Because of this, the opah benefits from quicker swimming, better vision and quicker responses - allowing it a better chance at survival.

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12 May

Mary Lee the Great White Shark Has Traveled 20,000 Miles - and Become a Social Media Darling Along the Way

Mary Lee, a great white shark with her own Twitter account, has been traveling up and down the Eastern coast to the delight of fans and continues to send "pings" to let her followers know where she's at.

Mary Lee is part of a shark tracking program by OCEARCH that is dedicated to tracking more than 100 sharks around the world, according to the Babylon Village Patch. Mary Lee was first tagged off Cape Cod in 2012, and was named after one researcher's mother. Check out the video of her being tagged below:

While the Mary Lee Twitter account isn't run by OCEARCH, it's fulfilling the same goals as the research organization: making sharks less scary by studying their habits.

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29 Apr

Canadian Tourist Gets Adorable Cuddles from Baby Elephant Seal (VIDEO)

Canadian tourist Charlene Fritz got the cuddle session of a lifetime when a 200-pound baby elephant seal snuggled up to her during an expedition to the Antarctic peninsula, according to GlobalAnimal.org.

The pup was most likely looking for affection as elephant seal parents often abandon their babies, leaving them alone until they're able to head out to sea.

Watch the video above for more info!

Watch another video of a young elephant seals below:

28 Apr

Rare and Strangely Cute Pocket Shark Discovered

You wouldn't want to reach into your pocket and find this little guy...

Posted by Discovery on Friday, April 24, 2015

It's rare to find pocket sharks, but researchers recently stumbled across the second sighting in history. The last was found off the coast of Peru 36 years ago.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the rare creature while sorting through fish caught in 2010 in Louisiana, that were then frozen, as part of NOAA study following the eating habits of sperm whales, according to Discovery News.

The shark found was only about 5.5 inches in length. Scientists realized it was not just a regular fish when a “remarkable pocket gland with its large slit-like external opening located just above the pectoral fin,” was found, according to NOAA biologist Mark Grace's research paper.

Get more info on the story over at Discovery News.

Check out this video of the Glyphis Shark, another rare shark species:

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28 Apr

Cyclops of the Sea: a Shark with One Eye (VIDEO)

Mike Wazowski isn't the only one afflicted with cyclopia. 

A fisherman on the gulf of California caught a mother Dusky shark and what popped out of the pregnant animal was a site for sore... EYE. 

Want more sharks? Watch the live cam!

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23 Apr

Dive Bombing Boobies and Pelicans

 

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Posted by Coral Vivo on Monday, January 12, 2015

This huge flock of what appears to be brown boobies and brown or Peruvian pelicans made quite a show for beachgoers as they dive bombed a school of fish in the surf.

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Brown booby by Ivy Dawned via Flickr Creative Commons.

Brown boobies fly over the water looking for fish just below the surface, often in areas where larger predator fish drive smaller fish to the surface. When they spot prey, they dive bomb from as high as 50 feet and can plunge below the surface to depths of six feet. They execute their dives by folding their wings next to their body at beginning of dive, then thrust their wings straight out over their backs, touching in the middle, just before breaking the surface. 

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23 Apr

Octopus Stalks Crab

The awesomeness of octopuses has no end. This video captures an octopus hunting a crab in open water in Australia. While it's easy to root for the crab, it's helpful to remember that octopuses need to eat too.

That they are equipped with an incredible intelligence and eight deadly effective grasping limbs isn't a count against them, but something that only adds to their awesomeness. 

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Symbolically Adopt an Octopus with the National Wildlife Federation. 

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