The future of the World Cup winners rests with a two year old “psychic” octopus,” at the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium who, it’s owners say has a record of predicting past German results in this manner. According to the octopus, Germany is slated to win, knocking England out of the World Cup. When consulted, Paul the octopus chose a mussel from a jar with the German flag on it ahead of one in a similar jar bearing the cross of St George. (more…)
Dolphins have proven so intelligent that it is morally repugnant to kill them for food or hold them captive in aquariums, according to U.S.
In fact, contrary to previous research, new research suggests dolphins are smarter than chimpanzees and second only to humans in terms of intelligence, they deserve to be treated as “non-human persons” making them eligible for more humane treatment.
Studies into dolphin behaviour have highlighted how similar their communications are to those of humans and that they are brighter than chimpanzees. These have been backed up by anatomical research showing that dolphin brains have many key features associated with high intelligence says The Times of London.
In fact, studies show how dolphins have distinct personalities, a strong sense of self and can think about the future, they show characteristics of being “cultural” animals, meaning that new types of behaviour can quickly be picked up by one dolphin from another.
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Japanese scientists, have created a first of its kind new breed of transparent goldfish whose heart, brain and other organs are visible through its scales and skin.
Not only do they make for a rather unusual pet, this also spells great news for the fish lovers since this would reduce the need to dissect live fish to study them
Mie University and Nagoya University in central Japan worked together by breeding mutant pale skin goldfish. These special fish are expected to live up to 20 years, grow as long as 10 inches, and weigh as much as 5 pounds.
In the meantime, another group of researchers that had created the see-through frog would be going mass-market soon.
Finally a more humane way to study the innards of animals.
A team from an aquarium in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, has succeeded in capturing the world’s first photographs of juvenile coelacanths, a fish regarded as a living fossil, off Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island.
According to Aquamarine Fukushima, the fry were found Oct. 6 at a depth of 161 meters in Manado Bay off North Sulawesi Province, where the Indonesian coelacanth was first discovered more than a decade ago.
While little is known about the breeding habits of coelacanths, examination of captured specimens has shown that their eggs hatch inside the female and the young, known as pups, are born as fully formed juveniles.
The fry photographed by Aquamarine Fukushima were 31.5 cm long and appeared to be newborn. [Via]
The bizarre-looking pink creatures were photographed at a depth of 7,560m (24,800ft), swimming in the Kermadec Trench off the coast of New Zealand.
An international team has been studying this area using a submersible, built to withstand immense pressures.
Last year, the same team recorded another fish at 7,700m (25,300ft) – the deepest ever filmed.
These were found in the Japan Trench, which is in the Pacific, north of the equator.
The deep-sea fish seen near New Zealand look remarkably similar to last year’s find: they are pale pink in colour, with bulbous bodies and long tails. But they are in fact a different species.
The Kermadec Trench fish are a species known as Notoliparis kermadecensis, while the Japan Trench creatures are Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis. [Via]
Two eagle ray pups were also born at the aquarium recently and ten to 15 gentoo penguin chicks are expected to hatch before the end of the year.
But that’s not all, the baby school sharks emerged from a wound in their mother’s side after she was bitten by a broadnose sevengill shark.
The team at Kelly Tarlton’s, who were not even aware that the shark was pregnant, had to perform an emergency caesarean section to get the babies out alive.
From 13 November to 13 December, there will be a ‘Meet the babies’ exhibition open at Kelly Tarlton’s where visitors can get a close look at the new arrivals. [Via]
Merlin Entertainments Group, the UK-based owner of Legoland amusement parks and Madame Tussauds, has already begun construction at Arizona Mills Mall where it will build the nation’s second Sea Life Aquarium. There are 30 Sea Life aquariums worldwide.
The $15 million aquarium will occupy a nearly 26,000-square-foot space formerly leased by Hi-Health and host more than 30 display tanks for more than 5,000 creatures ranging from sharks and rays to sea turtles and starfish.
In addition to out-of-state sea creatures, Tempe’s Sea Life Aquarium will feature animal displays unique to Arizona’s water ecosystems. [Via]
Named the Kuroshio Sea, this enormous tank at the Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan is over 30 feet deep, 110 feet wide, and nearly 90 feet long. It holds more than 8000 tons of water, equal to about three Olympic-sized swimming pools. Eighty local species of fish are on display here including manta rays, and the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.
The tank holds the record for the longest time for the huge fish in captivity and for the world’s first successful birth of a manta pup in captivity.
Watch a video of the incredible tank below. (more…)