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.
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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.
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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