Why Water Striders Make Terrible Lifeguards

With the drought officially over and the summer heat upon us, people all across California are heading outdoors. For many, that means a day on the river or relaxing by the lake. The wet winter means there’s plenty of habitat for one of nature’s most curious creatures. Water striders, also called pond skaters, seem to defy gravity. You’ve probably seen them flittering across the water’s surface, dodging ripples as they


Man Flies Drone Over Ocean, Captures Incredibly Rare Event

photo: aerial view of a mega-pod of dolphins off the coast of Dana Point, California

Our vast oceans are, for the most part, still very much unexplored. The mysteries of the deep are exactly that! However, a little change in perspective can reveal much of what we’ve been missing when it comes to ocean life. Captain Dave Anderson got this stunning footage off the coast of San Clemente when he flew one of his drones high up into the air.

When he took his boat … [more…]

Seattle-caught salmon found to contain cocaine, antidepressants, and pain relievers

photo: salmon caught in Seattle found to have pharmaceuticals pollution

81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh of salmon caught in the Puget Sound. Salmon is purported to be one of the healthiest foods due to its high omega-3 content, protein, and essential fatty acids, but if the fish is obtained from the Puget Sound, it is anything but healthy.

According to a recent study, up to 81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh … [more…]

Rare Footage Helps Explain What Narwhals Use Their Tusks For

Rare Footage Helps Explain What Narwhals Use Their Tusks For

Please see the complete, original care2 article by Alicia Graef at the link below.

Scientists are marveling over never-before-seen footage of narwhals that has brought to light new evidence for what those unicorn-like tusks are actually used for. Narwhals are toothed whales who live in the Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia, but they don’t actually have any teeth in their mouth. Instead, the males grow a long


Animation, Storytelling Chronicle the Yellow Quill First Nation’s Water Struggles

movie frame: artist's hand drawing eagle, humans, and natural creation.

University of Saskatchewan research group interviewed 22 elders from First Nation community

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Animation might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to serious academic research.

But researchers from the University of Saskatchewan have teamed up with the Yellow Quill First Nation to chronicle the community’s struggles with water in a new video that combines storytelling and animated drawing.

It’s a part of … [more…]