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Captive Orca Whales Are So Bored They’re Destroying Their Teeth

An investigation into the oral health of captive orca whales is raising serious concerns about the health and welfare of these majestic creatures. Out of boredom and frustration, many of the whales turn to chewing on concrete and steel tank surfaces, causing wear and tear that leads to further problems. Read More >>

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Watch a Pack of Adorable Arctic Fox Pups Destroy a Documentary Filmmaker’s Camera

When you work as a filmmaker, watching one of your cameras get destroyed is like watching part of your livelihood disappear. But it’s hard to be upset when the perpetrators dismantling your expensive equipment are a actually a pack of curious arctic fox pups—or kits, as they’re more accurately called. Read More >>

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Scorpions Can Tweak Their Venom in Response to Changing Threats

New research shows that some scorpions can tailor their venom depending on the task at hand, whether it be snatching its next meal or protecting itself against predators. It marks the first time that scientists have documented the ability of an animal to adjust the toxicity of its venom according to need. Read More >>

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This Horrible Stick Bug Is No Longer Extinct, Sorry

A tiny island sits almost four hundred miles from the Eastern coast of Australia. Upon that island once lived a large population of giant stick insects—six inch-long “land lobsters” dwelling in trees—the Dryococelus australis. But a hundred years ago, mankind came along, bringing pests, black rats, with them. The bugs went extinct at the hands of the rats. Read More >>

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Coral Has ‘Tree Rings’, And They Might Help Us Save The Great Barrier Reef

"Skeletal banding" is to coral what rings are to trees - and Australian scientists have discovered them in a species of coral that is critical to reef-building. Read More >>

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‘There Are No Words’: Tourists Spot Hundreds of Polar Bears Swarming Whale Carcass in Siberia

There are around 26,000 polar bears on the planet out there doing their best as the ice caps melt. We’ve all seen the infamous starving polar bear picture, which has become symbol (rightfully or not) of the impact of climate change on vulnerable species. But last week, instead of starvation came a story of gluttony. Read More >>

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Take a Deep Sea Dive Into the Trailer for the Blue Planet Sequel

It’s been 16 years since the original Blue Planet debuted and crowned BBC Earth as the king of the nature documentary. In the meantime, David Attenborough and company have focused on a number of other documentaries, but now they’re circling back with a sequel to the beloved series that told the story of our world’s oceans. Read More >>

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Migrating Bats Are Basically Flying Weather Stations

Common noctule (Nyctalus noctula). (Image: MPI f. Ornithology/ K. Safi) Read More >>

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Jerk Humans Immediately Shoot First Wild Bison Seen in Germany for Over 250 Years

The World Wildlife Fund said on Friday it will be pursuing charges against a local official who, upon receiving a report of the first sighting of a wild bison in Germany in over 250 years, promptly ordered hunters to shoot the animal dead. Read More >>

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Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs?

From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won’t make a noise until it’s shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs do not. This finding suggests that domestication may have debilitated doggie brains, but there are other possible factors to consider as well. Read More >>

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Radiohead & Hans Zimmer Team up for the BBC’s Blue Planet II

Really quite wildly differing musical artists Radiohead and Hans Zimmer have both signed up to provide a tune for the BBC's latest nature phenomenon, with undersea delight Blue Planet II set to benefit from their music. Read More >>

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240-Year-Old Nautical Maps Reveal How Different Florida’s Coral Reefs Used to Be

Old sailor’s tales about the seas being so full of fish you could walk on them, or oysters the size of frisbees, tend to inspire scepticism today, and for good reason—most of us have very little direct experience with the oceans, except for the occasional news article about how we’ve screwed it up beyond repair. But the oceans of yesteryear really were more plentiful than they are today, and a new analysis of 240-year-old nautical charts hints at just how dramatically things have changed. Read More >>

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How the Deadliest Frogs on Earth Avoid Poisoning Themselves 

Poison dart frogs have an ominous and well-deserved reputation as a lot of death stuffed into a teeny, neon package, and none is more dangerous than Colombia’s golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis). With skin slaked with enough of the potently neurotoxic batrachotoxin (BTX) to kill a staggering 20,000 mice, the golden poison frog somehow doesn’t poison itself. A team of scientists have now pinpointed how the frogs survive their lethal secretions: a single genetic mutation that results in full immunity to BTX. Read More >>

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Terrifying Video Shows Hippos Rescuing a Wildebeest From the Jaws of a Crocodile

While on safari in northeastern South Africa, a retired couple witnessed a harrowing scene involving a crocodile and a rather unfortunate wildebeest. But just when things appeared most grim for the reptile’s next meal, something completely unexpected happened. Read More >>