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    Male Dolphins Seen Playing ‘Wingman’ to Help Each Other Find Mates

    Male Dolphins Seen Playing ‘Wingman’ to Help Each Other Find Mates

    Humans have long been thought to be distinct from other animals in our ability to form complex, multilevel alliances in order to reach shared goals.  However, new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday shows that male bottlenose dolphins do the same thing, and they do it for a very […]

    Dugongs (Related to Manatees) Declared Functionally Extinct in China

    Dugongs (Related to Manatees) Declared Functionally Extinct in China

    The human imagination once transformed dugongs into mermaids. But now, human activity is pushing the gentle marine mammals into the realm of the imagination in a more sinister way.  A new study published in Royal Society Open Science Wednesday found that the dugong (dugong dugon) is “functionally extinct” in Chinese waters.  “The likely disappearance of […]

    These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

    These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

    The epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a small species of reef shark with a set of unique abilities. It can use its fins to walk both in and out of the water, and it can go without oxygen for up to two hours.  These traits have helped the species succeed in rapidly-changing coral reef environments, […]

    Norway Kills Freya, the Superstar Walrus. Was There Another Way?

    Norway Kills Freya, the Superstar Walrus. Was There Another Way?

    Early on the morning of Sunday, August 14, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries euthanized Freya — the 1,300 pound walrus that became a summer superstar when she took up residence off the capital of Norway in mid-July. The directorate argued in a statement that euthanizing Freya was the only way to protect the crowds of humans […]