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cute butterfly science Butterflies Want to Drink Your Sweet, Delicious Tears
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These are Julia butterflies and they have been photographed drinking the tears from turtles in Ecuador. These butterflies like to drink tears from other animals to get some of the nutrients and salt that they need. This is a form of mud-puddling, the adorably named behavior of finding a liquid source of nutrients (usually sodium or amino acids) and drinking it up. Butterflies are well known for it and it usually happens on soil but some are more resourceful and will even be attracted to an animal's sweat or tears. 

Scientists have recently analyzed a full octopus genome and found that their DNA is unlike anything else on Earth. With lots of genes packed densely together and genes that would normally group together being spread out through the genome, they have said that the octopus is basically an alien. Of course, anyone who's seen a sci-fi movie could have told you that just by looking them.

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Via: SciFri
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This deep sea octopus is being studied at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. It is part of the genus Opisthoteuthis but the specific name is up to Stephanie Bush, the scientist working on describing this particular species. 

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