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100,000 Shark Fins Discovered on Rooftops in Hong Kong

100,000 Shark Fins Discovered on Rooftops in Hong Kong

A director for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society recently reported finding more than 100,000 shark fins drying on a rooftop in Shanghai.  Southeast Asia has become the frontrunner for capturing sharks and removing...

The Living Rock You Can Eat

The Living Rock You Can Eat

This strange creature looks like a rock in all regards — except that it can be sliced open and served up as a table delicacy. Pyura chilensis is known as a tunicate, endemic...

Elephants Don’t Get Cancer. Here’s Why.

Elephants Don’t Get Cancer. Here’s Why.

Image: Wikipedia While theoretically larger animals with more cells should be more predisposed to cancer — research shows elephants are hardly ever affected. Cancer is created when mistakes are made in cell reproduction,...

The Long-lived “Human Fish” No One Knows About

The Long-lived “Human Fish” No One Knows About

The Olm is a fascinating aquatic salamander that lives tucked away in dark caves throughout Europe — and you’ve probably never heard of it. The Olm, or Proteus anguinus, resides in the underground...

Dramatic Rescue of a Red Fox Hanging from its Tail

Dramatic Rescue of a Red Fox Hanging from its Tail

Image: Wikimedia Commons In this daring rescue a bloodied red fox is relieved of its helpless plight after dangling by its tail suspended in mid air for hours.    This footage reveals a...

Skinks Defend Themselves by Sticking Their Tongues Out

Skinks Defend Themselves by Sticking Their Tongues Out

These unique reptiles open gaping pink mouths and wag their bright blue tongues to scare away predators — often with astounding success. Blue tongued skinks are native to Australia and persist primarily in...

Snorkeling Turtle is the Weirdest in the World

Snorkeling Turtle is the Weirdest in the World

The mata mata is a peculiar sedentary turtle with a long leaf-like head that hardly moves, snorkels for air, and vacuums up food. Mata-mata turtles are endemic to freshwater streams in South America,...

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