Ecologists in the Azores made a bittersweet discovery recently. Although they are not normally friendly towards other species, a group of sperm whales seem to have adopted a deformed bottlenose dolphin into their pod.
Because of its scoliosis-like condition, the dolphin may have been bullied by members of its own group. Dolphin social structure is based on strong hierarchies, and because this particular dolphin may not have been the strongest swimmer, it may have been outcast from its own family.
Whatever happened to this dolphin, it seems to be much happier with its new pod. Who knew inter-species friendship could be so genuinely heartwarming?
New Zealand is home to great natural beauty and wildlife, and economist Gareth Morgan has launched a campaign to keep it thriving. One of the pillars of his campaign? Making sure that the cat you own will be your last.
"That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer," he writes. "Every year cats in New Zealand destroy our native wildlife. The fact is that cats have to go if we really care about our environment." His campaign is called Cats to Go.
Cats to Go aims to slowly phase out the cat population through effective neutering and a mandatory cat registry.
Uh oh. What do YOU think about Mr. Morgan's environmental endeavors? You can read the full article HERE.
Australia is experiencing a truly epic heat wave, with temperatures in Sydney expected to reach over 109 degrees Fahrenheit, or roughly 43 degrees Celsius. To help their animals cool off, employees have been doing everything they can to keep the critters comfortable. Cool water and frozen treats seem to be doing the trick, just ask Kuchani the lioness. She seems to be enjoying her frozen milk.
What's YOUR favorite way to cool off in the summer?
Last month a team of Japanese researchers announced that they had recorded live footage for the first time of a giant squid in its natural habitat, and today that footage has been released! Click here and scroll down for the video!
The researchers dove down to the watery, nightmarish depths of the Pacific in a cramped three-man submarine and lured the squid into the open with bait. The team then pursued the squid for about 270 meters, capturing footage of the (relatively small) three meter squid as it lazily cruised along. Museum researcher Tsunemi Kubodera described the giant squid as "shining and beautiful." Yours truly described the giant squid as "a Lovecraftian nightmare, but probably okay with some olive oil and garlic."
The expedition was partly funded by The Discovery Channel, and a documentary about the researchers' findings will air January 27. In the meantime we'll be doing our best to continue our excellent track record of 'Not Going In the Ocean'.