The more we learn about ancient animals and their behavior, the more facinating they seem. Many ancient creatures seem like alien life forms for as much as they don't resemble today's creatures, and with so much ocean life left to explore, how could we possibly ever get bored with this subject? Take prehistoric sharks, for example. The Squalicorax, it has been found out, used to dine on the pterosaur, otherwise known as a flying lizard.
Every time you hear about deadly animals, you almost can't help but think about Australia. So many deadly snakes, scorpions and other creatures hail from the land Down Under that it automatically conjures an image of death and violence when you hear someone's accent! This is obviously not the case, and there are plenty of animals to prove it.
The Internet allows us an incredible glimpse into the lives of animals all over the world, which means that we are now seeing animals behave in ways once never thought possible. Case in point: a walking stingfish was recently spotted in Bali! The stingfish had no legs or anything else unusual about it physically, but the fish used parts of its dorsal fins, which have evolved to separate, in order to move across the ocean floor toward the videographer.
You might think that humans are the only creatures who know how to lie, but there you would be completely wrong. Many animals are well practiced at the art of deception, using lies to increase their own chances of survival. National Geographic just published a great list of such creatures and you might be surprised at who the lying liars are!
The internet is abuzz about this large fish caught recently in the Philippines. As you can see from the picture, a side-by-side comparison with an unmarked fish, this fisherman's catch is covered in intricate designs.
The first thing to note is that fish tattooing is actually a thing, although it is mainly practiced in the tropical fish trade, and the results are blobby and alarming.
You can be forgiven for thinking of the depths of the ocean as dark. Sunlight from the surface doesn't penetrate farther than 650 feet down. Beyond that, it's a lightless expanse for the remaining 13,350 feet down to the ocean floor.
Fans of the Syfy Channel original movie series Sharknado can rejoice: it seems that a real life sharknado has happened in - of course - Australia. In the wake of tropical cyclone Debbie, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services posted a picture of a five foot long bull shark which turned up in the middle of a road in the small town of Ayr.
We all have at least one ugly critter we love to death. Whether it's a hairless rat, a pug dog, a weird spider or fish--some might call that smashed-in face cringe worthy, but you think it's adorable. Science can shine a light on why we feel this way. It turns out that any kind of animal that seems in need of protection--whether it has big eyes, a small or soft body or other traditionally baby-like qualities--is cute to us humans.
Conjoined animal twins - two-headed turtles, six-legged calves, and that sort of thing - are not terribly rare. But they certainly draw our fascination.
However, one type of conjoined animal twin is becoming even less rare by the day, but no one knows why. Two-headed sharks are being caught by anglers and scientists more and more often.
Three years ago, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed huge swaths of the Philippines, in what was the deadliest typhoon ever recorded. Over a million homes were destroyed, and over 6,000 people were killed.
In the wake of the typhoon, the tiny island of Malapascua was devastated. The island took a direct hit from the typhoon, and all power and communications systems on the island were destroyed.