Can You Guess The Animal? - Brazil Special

As there is so much attention on Brazil’s World Cup, we’ve focused on Brazil’s amazing wildlife. Can you guess what Brazilian animal featured in this video? Thanks to Bristol Zoo for letting us film at their facility.

via Earth Unplugged.


Why Do Fish Come In So Many Colors?

If you’re a fan of sushi, or and ocean enthusiast, you have probably noticed that fish come in just about every color! Why is this? Tara and Trace list out all factors that give a fish it’s colorful appearance.

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cute Bonobos

Bonobos are the only ape that doesn’t kill. And unlike any other ape, bonobos help each other out (a lot like humans do). Through the use of “bonobo TV,” researchers found that bonobos’ yawns are contagious (also like humans). But while they have humanlike traits, their biggest threat comes from humans.

Learn what bonobo research reveals about human kindness: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140610-bonobos-great-apes-animals-science-evolution/

via National Geographic.


Kemosabe Teeth Trimming

via animalwondersmontana:

New video about Kemosabe getting his teeth trimmed. Also a few of the other animals that needed some checking up on: Ash the chinchilla, Pearl the Columbian black and white tegu, and Joy the blue and gold macaw.

In the wild prehensile-tailed porcupines would naturally file their teeth down using their top incisors against their bottom. All rodents do this since they have ever growing teeth. Kemosabe had a nasty infection in the root of his incisor when he came to us and we had to remove the entire tooth. Since he only has one top incisor the bottom incisors don’t align properly and become overgrown.

I’m happy that this is something that we can help him with. If this happened to a coendou in the wild they would die from the infection in the tooth. Other than his visits with the vet for his teeth, Kemo is happy and healthy. Oh, and he loves bananas.

What Were Ancient Sloths Like?

Sloths are adorable, and they’ve been around for thousands of years! What did ancient sloths look like? Tara breaks down some prehistoric sloths, and discusses why they’re so interesting!

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8 Reasons To Love Sloths Even More

Sloths spend their entire life in the trees and only interact with other sloths once a year to mate. 35 million years ago sloths weighed 7 tons and were over 22 feet tall!

Check out http://slothweek.com for more hilarious and adorable sloth videos!

via Animalist.


Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

With its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods’ intellectual prowess.

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Caring for Cuttlefish

Raising cuttlefish in captivity from helpless eggs to full-grown predators can present daunting challenges for an aquarium. In order to ensure they have cuttlefish to exhibit, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s staff takes extra measures and provides these complex cephalopods a helping hand. Using recycled soda bottles, modified cradles, and deep knowledge of each species’ husbandry, 95% of the cuttlefish spawned at Monterey Bay Aquarium survive into adulthood.

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The Vampire Squid From Hell

Its latin name translates as “the vampire squid from hell.” And while its crimson skin and glowing eyes support its title, deep sea ecologists like Bruce Robinson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have come to see the vampire squid as the antithesis of a bloodsucking predator. In fact, studies have shown that Vampyroteuthis infernalis is actually a gentle steward of the ocean’s depths, gracefully foraging on marine detritus.

via Science Friday.
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Horseshoe Crabs Mate in Massive Beach “Orgy”

Horseshoe crabs have been on Earth an estimated 450 million years, pre-dating the dinosaurs by some 200 million years. They are one of the few living creatures with blue blood, which is used by the pharmaceutical industry for testing drugs. Horseshoe crabs live in the ocean year-round, but they make one annual visit to the shoreline to lay eggs in sandy, wet beaches. In the United States, the highest concentration of egg laying is along the Delaware Bay.

Learn more about this annual mating event: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140617-horseshoe-crab-mating-delaware-bay-eastern-seaboard/

via National Geographic.