A big shark and a large squid fought in the deep sea

[ad_1] An underwater photographer snapped a curious picture of a shark off of Kona, Hawaii, in November 2019. The oceanic whitetip shark had unusual, ring-like markings on its body.  The photographer, Deron Verbec, passed the images to Yannis Papastamatiou, a shark researcher and predator ecologist at Florida International University. These telltale scars almost certainly came…

A man’s reunion with his donkey after quarantine is amazing and moving

[ad_1] There is beauty in this mixed-up, messed-up quarantined world, dammit.  Just listen to this sweet man’s voice tremble as he repeatedly asks his donkey, “Que pasa?”  (That’s “what’s up?” in Spanish.)  The entire video is in Spanish but honestly, it doesn’t matter if you know the language, this whole scene is universal. According to…

There’s officially a snake named after Salazar Slytherin now

[ad_1] Researchers discovered a new species of venomous snake, and the Sorting Hat declared it a Slytherin.  In a report this month in Zoosystematics and Evolution, a team of scientists from the national Centre for Biological Science of Bangalore, India named the bright green discovery after Salazar Slytherin, a character from the Harry Potter series.…

Scientists discover new species of South American matamata turtle

[ad_1] Finally, some good news: A new turtle species has been discovered.  Scientist and professor Dr. Uwe Fritz of the Senckenberg Natural History Collections in Dresden, Germany and his international team have identified a new type of fringed turtle, also called matamata. These reptiles don’t look like your usual house pet turtle; they hide in…