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Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)

Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California not only encountered

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

Snorkeling Couple Takes Us Underwater to Swim With Humpback Whales (GoPro Video)

Ever wonder what it would be like to snorkel up close and personal with a humpback whale? Well, snorkelers Cecil and Mallory Johnson recently teamed up with GoPro to do just that. Humpback whales often live near coastlines and feed mainly on plankton, krill (a small crustacean closely related to shrimp) and small fish. An average-sized humpback consumes anywhere from 2,000-3,000 pounds of food per day during feeding season! Humpbacks are also known for their incredible ability to produce “whale calls”, sequences of moans, cries and

Tanzanian Government Accused of Selling Maasai Land to Turn It Into Hunting Reserve

The Maasai people are one of Africa’s oldest indigenous ethnic groups. Originally from the lower Nile valley, the Maasai people began migrating south during the 15th century, finally settling in what is now Kenya and central Tanzania during the 17th and 18th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, Maasai lands began to shrink as a result of British colonization in the region. In 1911, a British treaty shrank Maasai land by 60% – the Maasai living in these areas were evicted to make

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

Why Did These Guys Make A 900 Pound Elephant Pumpkin Sculpture?? (Photo Gallery)

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96 Elephants is an organization that works to bring attention to the fact that 96 African Elephants are killed each day for their ivory and to advocative for supportive legislation to help save them. Last month, the organization teamed up with Pumpkin Sculpt USA to help create a 900 pound elephant pumpkin sculpture. The project took nearly a full day of carving and multiple pumpkins to complete. From BoredPanda: “This piece was carved by professional sculptors Sue Beatrice, Andy Gertler, Jenn Cook and Julia Jankowski.

Europe Has Lost 421 Million Birds In 30 Years – 90% Are the Most Common Species

In just 30 years, Europe has seen a drastic decline in its bird populations, losing an estimated 421 million birds over the past three decades. This crash in population is a result of an increased use of modern farming methods, as well as the degradation and destruction of birds’ natural habitats. That’s according to a new study carried out by the University of Exeter, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS). The researchers found

A Guy Digging A Well Just Stumbled Upon a 500,000-Year-Old Giant Sloth

Carlos Manduga lives in the resort city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, which lies about 250 miles south of the country’s capital Buenos Aires. Not too long ago, Manduga was digging and cleaning out a well on his property when he came across the fossilized remains of a pre-historic creature. Manduga found a skull, ribs, a number of vertebrae and a few other fossilized remains. Manduga immediately contacted the Lorenzo Scaglia Natural History Museum to inform them of the find. “The paleontological remains

How Goats Are Replacing Bulldozers and Pesticides In Invasive Plant Control

Since the mid-1970s, land owners in the U.S. and Canada have been fighting a losing battle against Phragmites australis, an invasive reed that grows in tall thick bundles in wetlands areas along the east coast. Not only do the reeds quickly take over by choking out native vegetation, but they also litter wetlands areas with thick mats of decaying biomass. Land managers have tried everything to get rid of the phragmites reeds: controlled burns, toxic pesticides and even bulldozers. But now, researchers from Duke

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