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These incredible birds can fly for hours without flapping their wings

July 14th, 2020

A new study into the flight characteristics of condors — the largest soaring birds on Earth — finds that they rarely flap their wings once airborne. Condors are capable of flying for over a hundred miles without flapping their wings once. This incredibly efficient flight ability was honed over countless generations. Humans like to think …

walking sharks

Incredible new species of walking sharks discovered in Australia

July 9th, 2020

Scientists documented four new species of walking shark that they say have developed the ability to walk very recently. Walking sharks use their fins to physically walk along the seafloor rather than swimming all the time. Species that get separated from larger groups can evolve their own unique traits and abilities. Walking sharks sounds like …

whale shark eyes

These massive sharks have teeth on their eyeballs

July 1st, 2020

A new study on whale sharks reveals the existence of tiny teeth-like structures covering the eyes. These features are thought to be used as protection against abrasion, acting as a layer of armor.  Whale sharks are considered to be an endangered species. If you didn’t already think the mighty whale shark was impressive, just wait …

bear rescue

Family rescues bear cub with head caught in cheese ball tub

July 1st, 2020

A bear with a cheese puff container stuck on its head was spotted swimming across a Wisconsin lake. A family rescued the bear by driving their boat up next to it and snatching the plastic trash, allowing the bear to swim away. Video of the incident has gone viral on Facebook. As a Wisconsinite, I’ve …

dolphin learning

Dolphins are teaching each other new tricks

June 26th, 2020

Researchers have observed dolphins teaching each other new behaviors. The act of ‘shelling,’ or trapping fish in large shells, can spread throughout groups of dolphins as the animals observe and learn from one another. Understanding how animals pass on skills and new techniques is vital to our grasp of animal social groups and higher levels …

snapping turtle virginia

Ohio police detain 65-pound snapping turtle for loitering

June 22nd, 2020

A massive alligator snapping turtle was found in a suburban residential area in Virginia, hundreds of miles from where the species is considered native. The creature, nicknamed Lord Fairfax, was wrangled by animal control officers and will now call The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk his home. Snapping turtles like Lord Fairfax don’t do well in …

eye power

Study reveals that our eyes suck, so that’s good to know

June 10th, 2020

Human eye power is lacking when it comes to detecting color in our peripheral vision, a new study finds. Tests revealed that many people didn’t notice when up to 95% of the color in their visual range was removed. The researchers say that our brains are filling in the gaps created by our vision. Humans …