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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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Poachers continue to kill African elephants: research

Poachers continue to kill African elephants: research

Elephant poachers are hard at work in Africa and killings of the giant animals are continuing at an alarming pace, a new research revealed.

The sobering reality came into light after a team of researchers examined multiple seized shipments of elephant tusks and found that a big majority of those tusks came from African elephants that were killed within last three years.

Elephants are being killed just for their tusks/ivory. The sale as well as purchase of good made of ivory is illegal, but black markets exist across the globe.

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Natural compound successfully reduces signs of aging in healthy mice

Natural compound successfully reduces signs of aging in healthy mice

A new research conducted by a team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has suggested a new way to reduce signs of aging.

The scientists supplemented healthy mice with a natural compound, dubbed NMN, and found that it reduced signs of aging such as gradual weight gain, declines in physical activity and loss of insulin sensitivity.

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Ross Sea will be World's Largest Marine Reserve after landmark agreement

Agreement reached on Ross Sea as World's Largest Marine Reserve

Ross Sea is home to some of the rare species facing decline in habitat in other parts of the world. The efforts to setup Ross Sea in Antarctic region have been ongoing for past many years but the major roadblock was created by Russia. Finally, an agreement has been signed by many countries to setup Ross Sea as marine reserve. After the agreement to setup Ross Sea in Antarctica as protected area, there will be a ban on wildlife or mineral extraction in the region.

Common Swift Can Remain Airborne for 10 Months without Landing: Study

Common Swift Can Fly for Ten Months without Landing: Research

Common swift can remain airborne for nearly 10 months during the long migration from Europe to Africa. The research team tracking movement of common swifts found that the birds leave their European roosts in July and migrate towards central and western Africa. The research team from Lund University in Sweden noted amazing capabilities of swifts to feed in air and even mate in certain situations, without touching ground. The team also noticed that swifts don’t touch land but they land on branches, houses or nest boxes.

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