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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.

Vocal Tract of Monkeys Can Deal With Speech but Brain not developed enough: Research

Vocal Tract of Monkeys Can Deal With Speech but Brain not developed enough: Research

Monkey have well developed vocal tract that can help them human-like sounds but their brain isn’t enough developed for speech, as per a new research. The study teams from Europe and the United States analyzed throat and mouth of macaque monkeys with x-ray video to check if they have vocal tract ready for human-like speech. With the help of a computer model, the research team tested what the sounds would be like, if monkey brain was replaced with human brain.

Lack of right wiring in primates’ brains prevents them from producing human-like speech

Lack of right wiring in primates’ brains prevents them from producing human-like speech

Monkeys have a vocal tract capable of producing human-like speech but they are unable to produce words because they lack the right wiring in their brains, according to a new study.

Researchers have long been intrigued by primates’ failure to talk like humans. On Friday, a group of researchers reported that their study suggested that monkeys have the required vocal tract but they don’t have the right wiring required to produce words.

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Giraffes facing silent extinction: IUCN

Giraffes facing silent extinction: IUCN

Giraffes are apparently facing a silent extinction as the global population of the iconic animal has drastically declined in the past three decades, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned in its latest report.

According to the newly released IUCN report, the global population of giraffes slipped from around 155,000 in 1985 to fewer than 97,000 in 2015.

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