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King of the Killer Whales: The Legend of Old Tom and the Gruesome ‘Law of the Tongue’

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This is the story of an orca named Old Tom, who during the early 20th century spent almost four decades helping fishermen catch baleen whales off the coast of Australia. In return, Old Tom and his pod feasted on the lips and tongues of the whalers’ haul. The coastal town of Eden sits just over [...]

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Humpback Heat Runs: How to Photograph the Biggest Courtship Battle on Earth

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There’s something about humpback whales that makes them seem so peaceful. Just elegant, wonderful creatures that wouldn’t hurt a soul, unless that soul happens to be contained by a small fish or a delicious crustacean. But there comes a time in every male humpback’s life when he has to step up and fight. Imagine nine [...]

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Move Over, Snotty: Australian Jellyfish Crambione Cookii Filmed for the First Time

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It’s jellyfish mania in Australia right now, thanks to our snotastic new friend, whose discovery on a Tasmanian beach was announced just last week. While Captain Vom waits patiently for his new official name, we’ve got time to welcome another Australian jellyfish species into the spotlight, and this one’s been waiting more than a century [...]

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Lumpsucker Fish: Just When You Thought the Ocean Couldn’t Get More Lumpy and Adhesive

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Available for birthday parties, weddings and corporate functions in the Under the Sea region, the lumpsucker is a chubby, almost-spherical fish with modified pelvic fins that have evolved into adhesive discs on their undersides. So literally lumps with suckers. Lumpsuckers belong to the family Cyclopteridae, which consists of almost 30 known species. And there’s plenty [...]

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Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013

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It’s been a good year for strange animals. Which is something you could probably say about every year ever because animals are strange. So here’s my Top Ten Strangest Animal Moments of 2013, ordered from most strange to slightly less strange. Most lists go the other way and end on a high note, but when [...]

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Australian Sea Slug Sex in all its Head-Stabbing Glory

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Everyone remember not to have sex with hermaphrodite sea slugs, because they’ll want to inject prostate gland fluid into your forehead. Traumatic mating is pretty common in nature. It occurs when a male uses specialised structures to wound a female, such as penis barbs in wild and domestic cats that are used to scrape the [...]

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The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

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“How’s it feel, Kingslayer, to have all the gold in the world but it won’t buy your sword hand back?“ “A minor setback, if truth be told. But look – I have spares!” **** This tiny species of jellyfish is one of the most venomous creatures in the world. Thanks to its role in the [...]

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First Footage of Deep-Sea Squid Solves Mystery of Lame Tentacle Club

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Say what you want about squids – too many arms, pointy head, not enough elbows: 2/10 would not take dancing – but when it comes to killing things, they certainly aren’t lacking in creativity. The Caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) waves its arms from side to side before attacking its prey, which researchers have suggested [...]

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Monsters in a barrel, sea slugs and the art of (man-o) war

Because I’ll never grow tired of seeing incredible footage of sea creatures, here are a few of the best ones I’ve seen lately. First up, a video by a group called Coral Morphologic, which is an art-science project led by James Cook University-educated marine biologist Colin Foord, and American musician Jared McKay. “With the aquarium [...]

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Pyura chilensis: the closest thing to getting blood from a stone

“Period Rock? You’re calling me Period Rock now? Guys, seriously, I might look like a stone, but that doesn’t mean I have the heart of one. Why doesn’t anyone ever just call me Michael?” **** Despite appearances, this is not some kind of cruelly bisected alien stone organism or a tomato thunderegg. This is Pyura [...]

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