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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffers its worst coral die-off

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffers its worst coral die-off

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia suffered its worst coral die-off this year as warmer seas killed more than two-thirds of a 700-kilometer (435 miles) stretch of coral within the last nine-month period, researchers announced on Monday.

The Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies said in its latest report that the reef’s northern region, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, suffered a loss of 67 per cent of its shallow-water corals during the last eight to nine months.

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American Saltmarsh Sparrow Could Face Extinction in 50 Years: Report

American Saltmarsh Sparrow Could Face Extinction in 50 Years: Report

The saltmarsh sparrow could face extinction over next five decades, as per a new report issued by the Connecticut Audubon Society. The society has warned that saltmarsh sparrows have been facing decline in population since 1998 and the average annual decline has been estimated at 9 percent. The nesting regions for sparrows have decreased and they also face other challenges.

Coconut crab’s pinching force is equal to bite force of adult lion: research

Coconut crab’s pinching force is equal to bite force of adult lion: research

The pinching force of an adult coconut crab is almost equal to the deadly bite force of an adult lion, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The so-called coconut crabs (Birgus latro), which inhabit islands in the Indian and southern Pacific oceans can grow up to 9 pounds in weight, with a leg-span of 3 feet. These large crabs can easily crack open the hard shells of coconuts.

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Coconut crabs have the most powerful claws: study

Coconut crabs have the most powerful claws: study

The scary claws of the enormous coconut crab (Birgus latro) can pinch with a force greater than that of any other crustacean, a new study revealed.

Cracking open a coconut without using any tool is quite a difficult job, but a coconut crab that can grow up to a weight of around 9 pounds with a leg-span of 3 feet can easily crack open the fruit.

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Huge whale spotted in Hudson River near G.W. Bridge

Huge whale spotted in Hudson River near G.W. Bridge

A huge humpback whale was spotted in the Hudson River close to the George Washington Bridge on Friday, the Coast Guard as well as the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police confirmed.

The location where the whale was spotted yesterday afternoon marked the farthest north site where a whale has been seen in the river in recent history.

A video captured by Chopper 4 showed the huge marine creature blowing water into the air in the waterway shortly before 2 p.m. Several people saw the video on social media.

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Video showing shark attacking seal goes viral online

Video showing shark attacking seal goes viral online

A 2-minute video showing an aggressive white shark attacking a seal close to shore near the Hammond boat launch in the Columbia River went viral online.

The video was shot by Josh Robb, who was crabbing in the river west of Astoria last Saturday when his father-in-law noticed an injured seal in bloody water. Then the duo saw something else swimming close by – it was a 12-15 feet long white shark.

Robb immediately took his camera and started recording the shark in action. The shark came out of the bloody water to finish off the injured seal.

Thousands of dead bunker fish piled in Shinnecock Canal

Thousands of dead bunker fish piled in Shinnecock Canal

Residents in Hampton Bays who flocked to the Shinnecock Canal to see a massive fish kill on Monday were shocked at the sight of hundreds of thousands of dead bunker fish -- a two-foot deep wall of dead fish on the bay bottom.

The massive bunker kill, which may worsen today, occurred in the Shinnecock Canal and in Shinnecock Bay, because the fish ran out of oxygen.

Bob Walsh, one of the stunned spectators who lined the bridge to see the piles of dead fish, said sight saddened everyone.

Moving Florida manatees can pose a risk: officials warn

Moving Florida manatees can pose a risk: officials warn

As manatees are on the move in search for warmer waters to spend the upcoming harsh winter in, Florida’s wildlife officials have warned boaters that the whiskered marine mammals can pose a risk.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has urged boaters to slow down in areas in the sea where manatees are known to congregate. The commission has already confirmed 91 manatee deaths caused by boats so far this year.

Seasonal protection zones for the 1,000-pound marine mammals are set to take effect on coming Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Rats love to be tickled and this German Experiment can tell more about somatosensory cortex function

Rats love to be tickled: German Research

A new study by a team of Berlin-based researchers has revealed that rats love to be tickled and they not only "giggle" but also have joyful jumping behavior.

When the researchers gave rats a 10-second tickle with a gloved hand, they found the rats enjoying an animal version of laughter. The rats not only enjoyed being tickled but also ran towards the gloved hand to be tickled again.

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Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Seabirds eat floating trash like plastic bags and wrappers, many times with deadly consequences. But why these birds find plastic debris so appetizing has long been a brainteaser for marine biologists.

Now, a new study has suggested that seabirds mistakenly eat plastic floating in the ocean because it smells like food. A team of biologists from UC Davis have discovered the chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic.

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