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The Mysterious Greenland Shark: Massive, Absurdly Slow, and Probably Blind (Video)

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For many years, scientists believed that Greenland shark dwelled exclusively in deep, cold waters near the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. Recently, however, the mysterious sharks are starting to make frequent appearances near more hospitable regions like Northern Europe, giving researchers more insight into this hidden species of shark. Though they were officially added to the list of known species in 1801, it wasn’t until recently that researchers really started to gain an understanding of the species. In fact, the first photos of the sharks in

Russia Plans to Build A Genetic Noah’s Ark By Collecting DNA of All Living Things

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Researchers from Moscow State University just announced plans for a bold new project: creating a databank on all of Earth’s living organisms. The plans were announced by the university’s president Dr. Viktor Sadovnichy at a press conference this past Thursday (December 25). “I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we

Heroic Monkey Saves A Friend’s Life By Resuscitating It After Electrocution (Video)

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Commuters at a railway station in India’s northern city of Kanpur witnessed an inspiring act of animal heroism recently. A monkey was electrocuted while walking on high tension wires, falling unconscious onto a small platform in between the two sets of railway tracks. But the electrocuted monkey had one thing going in its favor that day: an intelligent and loyal friend that new a thing or two about first aid! The heroic companion tried a number of tactics to bring its friend

Utah Man Videos A MantidFly That Looks Like Something From Science-Fiction

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Utah resident Ed Kern may have just captured the best video to date of a Mantidfly. Kern, who said he found the creature in his backyard hanging out casually on the fence, used his Canon SX-20IS to create an amazing video of the beautiful insect. The video is high-definition, and may seem fake at first due to the unusual nature of the insect, but this is a real video and a real living insect. Check it out below… Mantidflies, belonging to the

This Time-Lapse of A Tarantula Molting Is Both Creepy and Strangely Beautiful (Video)

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Tarantulas, like many other species of wildlife, have an exoskeleton that must be shed periodically as the tarantula grows – the process is known as molting. During this molting, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, tarantulas break through their old exoskeleton and then slowly wriggle themselves out of the shell it leaves behind. The tarantula in the video below is a Xenesthis sp White – a species native to Columbia. It took about 10 hours to

What’s Life Like for Snakes With No Scales?? (Video)

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Scales are one of the most recognizable features of the reptile body. For many years, it was thought that snake scales played a multitude of roles: besides providing durable and flexible armor, many scientists believed scales also aided in movement and helped snakes regulate their temperature and retain water. But are scales really that important? What happens when a snake is born without them? Well, as it turns out, scaleless snakes actually seem to fare just as well as their scaled counterparts – at

Vietnam’s Environmental Police Just Seized 1,000 Endangered Sea Turtles

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Over a 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles were reportedly seized this week. Though the case is still under investigation, investigators believe they were being prepared for illegal export to China. The illegal trade operation was taking place in Nha Trang, a small town on Vietnam’s south-central coast. According to The Guardian… “Marine turtles are protected under Vietnamese law. Hunting and trading, including the storing, of any of the five native species (green, leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles) is a criminal

Find Out How This Bear Was Caught In This Viral Photo (Video)

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Last month, an incredible photograph of a bear examining and seemingly using a tripod-mounted camera in southeastern British Columbia went viral. For a wildlife photographer, whose goal is to capture animals up close and personal, an epic shot like this can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. But how exactly was a photograph like this taken? Especially when the bear appears to be in charge of the camera? Well, earlier this month wildlife photographers Dianne Ethier, Heidi Henke, and Jim Lawrence (the

Plans to Clone A Woolly Mammoth Spark Debate Within the Scientific Community (Poll)

South Korean biotech company Sooam sparked fierce debate within the scientific community earlier this week when they announced a proposal for the possible cloning of a recently discovered woolly mammoth specimen. The scientists working at Sooam believe the extinct Mammuthus can be brought back to life using the DNA of the well-preserved mammoth specimen, which was found buried in the Siberian snow last May. Insung Hwang, a geneticist at Sooam, said he believes this is an “achievable goal”, one that he hopes to, “make

Record Number of New Species Put Under Protection Status By World Conservation Body

According to ThinkProgress.org… “The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has extended protections to scores of migratory birds, fish and mammals.” The meeting, which was held in Quito, Ecuador, is a six-day convention full of tough negotiations. This year’s meeting, which involved more than 900 experts from 120 different countries across the globe, was the best-attended COP meeting in the body’s 35-year history. It concluded this past weekend

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