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Photo of a crab with human-like teeth leaves internet stunned

The internet was baffled by the photo of a crab with human-like teeth that was captured from the Russian waters. The photo was clicked by Roman Fedortsov, a Norwegian man who works in a fishing trawler in Western Russia. He captioned it, “Crabs... Still, there is something attractive and repulsive about them. Mother nature did her best.”

Watch the First-Ever Footage of a Fox Catching Fish

Foxes can fish—perhaps better than some people. That’s the main takeaway from a study recently published in the Journal of Ecology. “Fish are an unusual prey group in the diet of red foxes that are occasionally reported in dietary studies, but we [did] not know if the red fox obtains fish from scavenging or active hunting,” write the study’s authors. “Here, we report what may be the first known case of several fish hunted by a red fox.”
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Scientists Alarmed Because Canadian Sturgeons Are Suddenly Dying

Mass Die-Off The inexplicable deaths of 11 threatened white sturgeon in a short period of time blindsided researchers attempting to conserve a species on the verge of extinction. The species, toothless apex hunters that glide smoothly in a few rivers in British Columbia, hasn't evolved much in 200 million years....
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'No Longer Hope' for Endangered Mother Whale Entangled in Fishing Gear for Months, Experts Say

Scientists believe death to be "all but certain" for Snow Cone, a North Atlantic right whale that is currently entangled in fishing gear for the fifth time Scientists made a heartbreaking discovery about a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. The whale, named Snow Cone, is tangled in "heavy" fishing gear in what is at least her fifth entanglement, according to a Sept. 22 press release from the New England Aquarium. The aquarium's aerial survey team spotted the entangled whale while flying south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Sept. 21. In...
NANTUCKET, MA
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Hundreds of sea lions treated for domoic acid poisoning in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

A bloom of harmful algae is causing hundreds of sea lions to wash up on shore from poisoning in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. A harmful algal bloom, or HAB, is when types of algae rapidly grow and cause harmful effects on marine life and people. Central Coast sea lions in particular are affected by a neurotoxin produced by the algae, called domoic acid, which accumulates in shellfish and causes marine mammals to have seizures.
VENTURA COUNTY, CA
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Study finds all African carnivores at risk for range loss

A new Yale School of the Environment-led analysis identifying gaps in maps that help forecast range contractions for African species found that all species studied have a portion of their range at risk and small carnivores warrant more concern. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...
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Sea Creature Feature of the Week: American Horseshoe Crab

SCIENCE | This marine creature is common throughout the East Coast's beaches during summertime. The horseshoe crab, which is not a true crab, is more closely linked to spiders since it belongs to the subphylum Chelicerata. From May to June, the largest spawning aggregations occur in the Delaware Bay.
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WATCH: Boston Angler Is Absolutely Dumbfounded by Ocean Sunfish

To be fair, if you’ve never seen an ocean sunfish before, they can catch you by surprise. With bizarre fins and even stranger behavior, it can seem like a distressed marine animal… or maybe even an alien, which is why these two Bah-ston anglers absolutely flipped out when they found one bobbing below the water’s surface.
BOSTON, MA
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LOOK: Massive, Alien-Looking Caterpillars Are Emerging From Trees in the Southeastern US

When you think about bugs, caterpillars are pretty inoffensive compared to others. However, a caterpillar that rivals the creepiness of spiders and other crawlers was spotted. The hickory horned devil (yes, that’s its name), is one of the largest types of caterpillars in the United States. The creepy crawlies have begun emerging from trees in large masses. Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division shared images of the bug after one was spotted.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, FL

WATCH: Polar Bears Feast on a Whale Carcass in Alaska

Dozens of polar bears were discovered feasting on the remains of a whale carcass near Kaktovik, Alaska earlier this month. According to Unofficial Networks, Kaktovik is a small town that is located in the far north of Alaska on Barter Island. It has notably become a tourist destination to see polar bears. This is due to native Inupiat being permitted to kill three bowhead whales per year. A video of the feast was put on Facebook. The caption reads, “Polar bears having some breakfast in Kaktovik, [Alaska], today…”
KAKTOVIK, AK
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Study reveals genes that help plant roots grow toward gravity

An important aspect of plant development is gravitropism, the directional growth of organisms in response to gravity. This process allows plants to compete for limited resources. For example, if crop roots could be directed to grow down at a steeper angle, the plants could gain access to deeper water and nutrient reserves and potentially become more drought resistant.
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African carnivores face range losses in the future

The larger African carnivores, such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, have populations that are predictably constrained within the borders of nature reserves and wildlife areas. They have suffered range contractions in the past because they were in conflict with humans and their livestock. But a new study, led by scientists from the Yale School of the Environment, has found that all 91 different species of African carnivores investigated are facing range loss, and the smaller, less conspicuous carnivores are no exception.
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Amphibian Plague Led to Malaria Surge in Humans

Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians have been battling a plague for decades. A global fungal pandemic affecting these creatures has driven roughly 90 amphibian species to extinction and killed significant numbers of 400 other species, according to Wired’s Maryn McKenna. Now, researchers have linked this amphibian die-off to a...
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Piranha in Aberdeen Lake?

You would not expect to find a piranha in Aberdeen Lake, or any place in North America for that matter. Piranhas are freshwater fish native to South America, living predominantly in the Orinoco River basin in Brazil. Piranha translates to toothy fish in Portuguese. According to Smithsonian Magazine, piranhas swim...
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WATCH: Fox Filmed Catching Fish for the First Time

The Canidae family of the animal kingdom is made up of dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals, and other dog-like carnivores, all of which are adept hunters. The red fox, in particular, primarily hunts rodents and other small game, such as rabbits, squirrels, birds, and reptiles. A relatively recent discovery, however, proves that the canid’s diet might be even more diverse than scientists thought.
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Creepy Parasite Found in Damp Areas Dutchess County, New York

This might be one of the creepiest creatures on the planet and it turns out there are plenty of them right here in the Hudson Valley and they can be found near your pool. This disgusting parasite doesn't make me think of just one horror film. It makes me think of two classics. This parasite looks like it is something straight from the Alien and The Thing.
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NY
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Entangled Right Whale, One of Last Breeding Females, Will Likely Die

One of only 340 or so endangered North Atlantic right whales will likely die. After an aerial survey last week, experts at the New England Aquarium say the whale, named Snow Cone, a female who had recently reproduced and added to the scarce species’ population, had become newly entangled in fishing gear and was covered in cyamids or "whale lice."
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