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Marine biologist David Gruber didn’t plan to find a glowing sea turtle, but he’s glad he did.
The associate professor of biology at City University of New York was diving in the Solomon Islands in July doing research on biofluorescence -- an animal’s ability to absorb certain types of light, then re-emit that light as a different color -- in small sharks and coral reefs. This transformation is made possible through the presence of special proteins, Gruber said.
Animals that exhibit biofluorescence typically absorb and transform blue light, meaning that their neon patterns are visible deep in the ocean, where blue light is plentiful. Gruber and his team were using special camera equipment that enhances the blue light, making glowing colors stand out even more, he told The Huffington Post.
The researcher told National Geographic that he and other divers were keeping watch for crocodiles when the neon reptile “came out of nowhere.”
The green and red animal was a hawksbill sea turtle, an endangered species that lives in tropical and subtropical waters around the globe. The turtles are hunted for their flesh and their shell, which is sold for jewelry and other decorative items, and people around the world also consume the turtle’s eggs. Gruber noted that hawksbills are additionally threatened by the fishing industry, since they end up as bycatch, and by climate change.
To ensure that the glow was a species-wide phenomenon, and not just something odd going on with one turtle, Gruber located some hawksbills kept in captivity.
“We basically took those turtles and shined the blue lights on them,” he said. All of them had the neon colors of the turtle Gruber spotted while diving.
So how did nobody notice these glowing turtles before? In shallow water, Gruber explained, there’s not enough blue light to create the “glow” effect. That’s why researchers had to bathe the captive turtles in blue light in order to produce the neon red and green colors.
Gruber also tested the lights on a loggerhead sea turtle at an aquarium, and said that turtle exhibited biofluorescence as well. But, he added, he hasn’t done enough research to make any definitive statements about loggerheads.
While Gruber’s find marks the official “discovery” of biofluorescence in turtles, he suspects others have noticed the phenomenon before and just not realized what they were seeing.
“There have been a few photos with a turtle showing this fluorescence, but [the photographers] thought there was something wrong with their camera,” Gruber said.
It’s too early to say what purpose the neon colors serve for hawkbill turtles, but Gruber has some guesses.
“The one thing that we know is that the males and females have slightly different patterns,” he said. “It could be used for mating and [helping] the turtles find each other. It could be used to camouflage themselves hanging out among other fluorescent animals.”
He also noted that “we don’t know anything about the vision of the turtle,” so it’s difficult to assess exactly how biofluorescence looks to a sea turtle’s eye. Gruber hopes the new discovery fuels more research into hawksbill sea turtles and ocean life in general.
“Why is it that we know so little about these amazing animals?” he asked.
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Residents of Lassen County, California, are baffled after an artificial lake dried up, seemingly overnight, leaving thousands of dead fish across 5,800 acres of mud.
“Something went haywire,” Aaron Seandel, the local water quality committee chairman, told the Sacramento Bee.
People were fishing at Mountain Meadows Reservoir, also known as Walker Lake, on Sept. 12, Eddy Bauer, who has lived near the lake his whole life, told local news station KTVN. By the next day, he said, the lake was totally dry. Thousands of rotting fish remained more than a week later.
Bauer said he suspects the Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which owns water rights to the lake and uses the water for hydroelectric power, drained the lake on purpose to avoid the hassle of relocating the fish. Bauer said that on Sept. 12, there appeared to be enough water to last for around two weeks.
"It just makes me feel like they really didn't want to do a fish rescue and that it was easier just to open that sucker up Saturday night,” Bauer told KTVN.
PGEC spokesman Paul Moreno said the company didn't intentionally drain the lake. He blamed drought and an August heat wave, telling the Sacramento Bee that too little water was entering the lake from mountain streams that feed it.
Moreno noted that the company realized in March that there wouldn’t be enough water left to sustain the lake for the rest of the year, and ceased using the water to generate power. The utility also reduced water outflows from the lake, he said, but didn't completely shut them off due to concerns for fish downstream.
Doug Carlson, with the state Department of Water Resources, said he fears drought will create similar situations throughout the state.
“The reservoirs are all continuing to be far below normal,” Carlson told CBS Sacramento.
“We are reliant upon rainfall to fill those lakes, of course, and until we get more rain, we’re not likely to see any appreciable increase in the reservoir levels,” Carlson said.
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Selfie-related accidents have killed more people worldwide this year than shark attacks have, and they’ve killed at least twice as many if you include only “unprovoked,” confirmed shark attacks.
Conde Nast Traveler reported on Sept. 16 that 11 people had died during selfie accidents, while eight people worldwide were killed in shark attacks. The story picked up steam with the recent death of a tourist who fell down the stairs at the Taj Mahal while trying to snap a selfie, bringing the tally up to 12. Mashable created an infographic to illustrate how much deadlier careless selfies are compared to shark attacks.
Conde Nast Traveler got its figures from the Shark Attack Survivors news archives, but, George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said those archives don't take the circumstances of shark encounters into consideration.
Burgess said that only six, rather than eight, fatal shark attacks should be counted in the tally, because in one of the incidents it's not clear if the shark may have been "provoked," and the other may not have even been a shark attack.
Burgess classifies one of the attacks in the SAS news archives as "provoked" because it involved a diver carrying a bag of scallops, which worked as bait to attract a shark. He also pointed to another alleged attack, which was actually a case of a man who disappeared at sea. Though his body showed up later with wounds consistent with shark bites, it wasn't clear if he died in a shark attack, or whether sharks had scavenged on his body after he died.
Though the Conde Nast Traveler and Mashable articles don't detail the 12 selfie-related deaths, they are listed on Wikpedia:
1. An American woman fell to her death while taking a selfie with her boyfriend on a cliff in South Africa.
2, 3. Two Russian men were killed while taking a selfie with a hand grenade.
4,5,6. Three Indian students were killed by an oncoming train while taking selfies on train tracks.
7. A Romanian teenager was electrocuted when she was taking a selfie on top of a train and touched a high-voltage wire.
8. A Russian teen was also electrocuted after touching live wires while taking a selfie near railway tracks.
9. A Russian woman shot herself in the head while trying to take a selfie with a gun.
10. A woman in Moscow City died falling from a bridge, where she was trying to take a selfie.
11. A teenager in Houston, Texas, fatally shot himself while taking a selfie with a gun.
12. A Japanese tourist died falling down the stairs while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal.
There is, however, some evidence that there may be other selfie-related deaths that we don't know about because they didn't make international headlines. Yelena Alexeyeva, an aide to the Russian interior minister, told the Agency France-Presse in July that there have been “dozens of selfie-related deaths” in Russia alone.
According to Burgess, the media’s focus on shark attacks gives the public a warped idea of how dangerous they really are, since every time a shark attack happens, it’s a major news story -- unlike fatalities resulting from more common tragedies, such as car accidents.
“I see it as a problem for our understanding of society and understanding sharks and the natural environment,” he said.
Burgess noted that whether shark attacks have killed six or eight people this year, or whatever the hard numbers on selfie-related deaths may be, the real story is that sharks should be much more worried about humans than the other way around.
“The fact of the matter is we’re killing between 30 and 70 million sharks a year in fisheries,” Burgess said. “The real aggressor in this relationship isn’t the shark, it’s the human.”
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If somebody insisted we go look at their duck-shaped tomato, we’d probably write them off as a quack.
But if that person were Maria Davidek, we’d be wrong. The Michigan woman pulled this adorable piece of produce out of her garden in Mount Morris Township earlier this month, CBS Detroit reports.
Davidek told the station that when she first told her husband to take a look, he seemed to think she was "going a little loony," but changed his tune when he laid eyes on the duck-mato.
They’re holding off on eating it, at least for now.
"I really can’t say [if I’d eat it]. But not right now," Davidek said. "Right now he’s sitting on the porch table where he’s been, among all his other tomato friends. ... But none of them are ducks, so he’s a loner."
She told local news station WNEM that "this is really something that I think a lot of people should see," and speculated that her discovery might inspire some aspiring gardeners.
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때때로 정말 느긋이 휴식을 취하고 싶을 때가 있다.
바로 달팽이를 머리 위에 올려놓고 가만히 있는 고양이처럼 말이다.
불행히도, 두 번째 고양이는 첫 번째 고양이의 휴식을 방해하고 싶어한다. 달팽이의 얼굴을 핥고 냄새를 맡으면서 말이다.
동물 사이트 '더 도도'는 이 장면을 다음과 같이 감상하라고 제안한다. "이 고양이들이 사랑스러운 달팽이를 발견하고 그들의 고양이처럼 키운다고 생각하라." 그런데 솔직히 말하자면 이 장면은 고양이들이 달팽이를 먹잇감으로 보는 것 같다.
어찌 됐든 이 고양이들은 달팽이와 기가 막힌 장면을 연출한 건 틀림없다. 아래에서 달팽이를 머리 위에 놓고 하품을 하는 고양이의 모습을 보라. 이 동영상은 지난주 '바구니 고양이' 블로그에 올라왔다.
한편 이 동영상에 대해 영국 '미러'는 "격정적인 포옹"이라고 표현했다.
달팽이와 고양이의 에로틱한 만남이 성사됐다. 옆에 있는 고양이는 확실히 질투하는 듯한 느낌이다.
이제까지 당신이 알고 있던 고양이 동영상은 잊어라. 여기 '폴리아모리(다자연애관계)' 고양이 동영상이 있으니.
이 고양이들이 어떤 생각을 하는지는 잘 모르겠지만, 모든 걸 잊어버리고 그들의 느긋함에 빠져보자.
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