The toothed sperm whale will eat about one ton of fish and squid a day. On average, they grow to 49 to 67 feet in length and can weigh 35 to 45 tons. To put that into perspective - an average U.S. car is about TWO tons.
We know octopi are super smart, but this new species is definitely proving that they're also super adorable.
Known as the flapjack octopus, these guys are currently living at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, where they're being observed by Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral researcher, Yahoo! News reports. Bush has the lucky task of naming the species and due to their super cute nature, she is considering naming them "Opisthotheusis Adorabilis." With big eyes and almost kitten-like ears, we think it would be quite fitting.
The flapjack octopus lives at depths up to 1,476 feet, which has been recreated at the research institute. One of the animals has already left eggs, but they may take up to three years to hatch.
A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after both were victims of shark attacks in Oak Island, N.C., ABC reports. The attacks happened on the same stretch of beach, only about 2 miles away, and within an about hour of each other. The mayor of the town, Betty Wallace, made a statement through Facebook.
One of the things we hope we never have to hear from a beach community; the shark bite victim is a teenage girl. ...
Shark experts say the sharks were likely bigger sharks, such as tiger or bull sharks, and that it is possible it may have been the same shark, given the distance between attacks and the close time frame which the incidents occurred.
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium recently announced the gender of a new Pacific white-sided dolphin calf born June 1: it's a boy! This spirited calf has already accomplished numerous milestones that are vital to a young calf's first days; from taking his first breath seconds after birth, to bonding with his mother and learning how to slipstream, which is a swimming technique that helps a calf save energy by swimming in its mothers wake.
This marks the second pregnancy for the aquarium's 27-year-old female dolphin, Piquet. The first calf Sagu, born in 2012, is doing well and flourishing at the Shedd Aquarium.
The new calf has weighed in at about 25-30 pounds and is 3 feet long. Experts and veterinarians will continue to monitor the calf and his mother during this critical first period, and they will be away from the public for the time being. For updates, check out Shedd's website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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