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The whale pushed biologist Nan Hauser with his head and his mouth, tucked her under its pectoral fin – even lifted the biologist out of the water on one occasion.
This is the heart-stopping moment a giant 50,000-pound humpback whale protected an unsuspecting snorkeler from a STiger Shark by pushing her through the water. Read more
The weird and wonderful psychedelic frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica) was first described in 2009. With vivid stripes of bluish-green, white and yellowish-orange, this strange-looking fish is a type of anglerfish. However, unlike most anglerfish, and indeed its own family of frogfish, the psychedelic frogfish is unusual in not having a lure growing from its forehead. Read more
In case you weren’t aware, coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squids, and cuttlefish) are pretty cool. Exhibit A: giant squids can grow to be up to 43 feet long and were likely the inspiration for various well-known sea monster tales. Exhibit B: cuttlefish are known to put on amazing camouflaging color change performances. Exhibit C: the octopus. The amazingly intelligent mollusk that is the Harry Houdinis of the underwater world. After all that how could they possibly get cooler? Thanks to some crazy newly released research involving RNA editing. Read more
It’s been over twenty years since we first started hearing alarming reports of lionfish being seen in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Originally from the Indo-Pacific it is not certain how they invaded the Atlantic, but once in waters where they have no natural predators, the lionfish population exploded and quickly became the most destructive invasive species in history. Read more
She posted several photos with the caption: “Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?” Read more
SARASOTA (FOX 13) – Hurricane Irma’s winds drained waterways around Tampa Bay late this morning, even though the storm was 200 miles away. It happened so fast that some manatees were apparently caught off-guard, leading to at least one impromptu rescue.