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Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama

Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama

A recently discovered new species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama, Lead researcher Richard Pyle from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii announced.

The new fish species, now formally named Tosanoides obama, was spotted during an expedition by divers inside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in June this year. It may be noted here that the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a protected marine area that Mr. Obama expanded in August this year.

Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic

Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic

A team of geologists from the University of Rochester claimed to have found a new prehistoric bird species in the Canadian Arctic, marking the discovery of the oldest avian records in the northernmost latitude.

Prof. John Tarduno, the chairperson of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, and his team named the new species Tingmiatornis arctica. In the Inuktitut language, which is spoken in the central & eastern parts of Canadian Arctic, the word “Tingmiat” means “those that fly.”

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Flying Bugs Over British Sky Analyzed by Research Team

Flying Bugs Over British Sky Analyzed by Research Team

After analyzing insects migrating over Southern Britain for nearly 10 years, researchers have released data in a research paper published in the journal Science. The number of insects migrating over southern Britain could be in trillions and scientists estimate a combined weight of 3,200 tons for these flying bugs. The research team used using entomological radar and aerial insect catching nets to collect the data, most comprehensive estimate of flying bugs till date.

Nearly 3.5 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England annually: study

Nearly 3.5 trillion migrating insects fly over south-central England annually: study

More than three trillion migrating insects fly over the region of south-central England each year, unseen and unnoticed by humans, according to a new study by University of Exeter researchers.

Dr. Jason Chapman, an entomologist at University of Exeter and colleagues estimated that as many as 3.5 trillion bugs and butterflies migrate across the region annually. Their total mass is equivalent to nearly 20,000 flying reindeer.

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Deep-sea octopods under threat from mining: study

Deep-sea octopods under threat from mining: study

Deep-sea creatures like Casper, which make their home nearly 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, are under increasing threat from human activities, a new study cautioned.

Casper, a milky-white species of deep-sea octopus, was discovered in March this year. Now, the new study indicated that this newly discovered cephalopod species is being threatened by deep-sea mining.

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Sharks aren’t the top predator in marine world: videos show

Sharks aren’t the top predator in marine world: videos show

Many people consider sharks as the most ferocious marine creature but a recently captured drone video showed that sharks aren't the top predator in the marine world after all.

During a whale-watching trip in Monterey Bay, photographer Slater Moore caught two adult killer whales feasting on two young sharks on camera. One of the two young sharks was still wriggling as the whales were tearing into their bodies.

Elusive 'ghost shark' filmed alive for first time

Elusive 'ghost shark' filmed alive for first time

The highly-elusive ‘ghost shark’ has been filmed alive for the first time by a team of American geologists. The pointy-nosed blue animal was filed by accident in 2009, but the footage was released recently on the National Geographic channel.

The ghost sharks, which are a relative of sharks and rays, are also known as chimaeras. They are deep-sea animals, and usually live around Australian and New Zealand.

But, American geologists filmed the animal alive prowling at depths of around 2 kilometers off the coast of California and Hawaii.

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Mysterious Call from Mariana Trench Could Have been from Minke Whale: Research

Mysterious Call from Mariana Trench Could Have been from Minke Whale: Research

Mysterious call from the depths of Mariana Trench recorded earlier, has been identified as per a new research paper published by Oregon State University. Researchers have been trying to figure out the source of that mysterious sound recorded from Mariana Trench. The research team claims that the sound could have been a call from minke whale, a type of baleen whale. The call recorded by researchers from Mariana Trench has frequency range from 38 hertz to 8,000 hertz.

Ghost Shark, the pointy-nosed blue chimaera, spotted off the coast of Hawaii

Ghost Shark, the pointy-nosed blue chimaera, spotted off the coast of Hawaii

The deep-sea thriving pointy-nosed blue chimaera or ghost shark has been captured on camera for the first time, off the coasts of Hawaii and California. The pointy-nosed blue chimaera is considered rare and it has been earlier found only in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Ghost sharks have very strange features and as they live in deep-sea, they are with pale eyes.

Drone Footage from California shows Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark

Drone Footage from California shows Killer Whales Eating a Living Shark

A video captured by a wildlife photographer on Monterey Bay Whale Watch tour shows a group of killer whales eating a still-living shark. The video shared by wildlife photographer Slater Moore showcases the speed at which killer whales finished up the shark.

Mr. Moore captured the amazing footage with his drone mounted camera. In video shows two adult female killer whales and two calves finishing up a still-living shark. It is quite rare to spot whales attacking a shark as they usually hunt and feed underwater.

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