This blog post highlights interesting research about the behaviors of baby beluga whales. The babies tend to spend most of their time close to their mothers' right sides, therefore using their left eyes to watch them. The use of the left eyes corresponds to the right hemisphere of the brain, which corresponds to increased survival abilities.
Did you know that 40 percent of the world’s freshwater turtle and tortoise species are threatened with extinction? This figure makes turtles some of the most threatened animals on the planet. Check out this slideshow featuring 10 of the most endangered turtles in the world.
This blog post details a recently published scientific study which showed that Galapagos iguanas make use of the alarm calls of mockingbirds. The iguanas are susceptible to predation by large hawks, and often do not see them until it's too late. However, they significantly improve their chances of survival by listening and reacting to the warning calls of mockingbirds nearby.
The idea that predators compete for prey items is certainly nothing new. The animal kingdom contains a vast diversity of intricate and complex behaviors that facilitate the ability of predators to obtain their daily meals. But what happens when two competing predators are from different Kingdoms?
A recent earthquake in the Washington DC area led many residents to conclude that their pets were way ahead of them in knowing what was happening. Here's what the US Geological Survey says about the scientific basis for such observations. See the Washington Post article (July 25, by Martin Weil) for anecdotes, too.