In this undated photo provided by researcher Alex Jordan in February 2019, a cleaner wrasse interacts with its reflection in a mirror placed on the outside of the aquarium glass. The mirror itself cannot be seen in this photo because the aquarium glass itself becomes reflective at the viewing angle of the camera, but the fish sees the aquarium glass as transparent because of its direct viewing angle. In a report released on Thursday, Feb 7, 2019, scientists say that 10 fish they studied can pass a standard test of recognizing themselves in a mirror _ and that is posing a key question for experts in animal mental prowess. Does this 50-year-old test for self-awareness in animals really show that ability? (Alex Jordan via AP)
February 07, 2019 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists report that a fish can pass a standard test of recognizing itself in a mirror, but they are questioning just what that means. The test was designed to show self-awareness in animals, but a new study says that may not be so. Few animals can pass the test, which involves...
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February 01, 2019 - 11:04 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Origin stories aren't just for comic-book superheroes, as a documentary about the evolution of animals including elephants and whales intends to show. The two-hour film will highlight the work of leading scientists worldwide and showcase "spectacular new breakthroughs in...
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In this September 2018 photo provided by researcher Isabela Le Bras, mooring for measuring equipment is recovered just offshore of Greenland in the early morning with icebergs visible in the background. Scientists were studying the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), a circulation of warm and cold waters that stretches from around Greenland south to beyond the tip of Africa and into the Indian Ocean. (Isabela Le Bras via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 2:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the key drivers of the world's climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first close look at this critical underwater dynamo, they found they were looking in the wrong place. By hundreds of...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
January 23, 2019 - 12:55 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to marine...
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In this Jan. 15, 2019 photo provided by Juan Oliphant, Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and advocate, swims with a large great white shark off the shore of Oahu. Ramsey told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 17 that images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove that these top predators should be protected, not feared. (Juan Oliphant via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 12:59 pm
HALIEWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...
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In this photograph taken Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, Frenchman Jean-Jacques Savin, 71-year-old, stands on top of his 3-metre (10-foot) long, 2.1-metre (7-foot) wide resin-coated plywood capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 4,500-kilometre (2,800-mile) journey to the Caribbean in about three months. (Courtesy of Jean-Jacques Savin via AP)
December 27, 2018 - 4:03 pm
PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially constructed barrel capsule, designed to use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete...
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December 06, 2018 - 2:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists think they've figured out the falling dominoes that led to Earth's largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path. Some 250 million years ago, about 90 percent of sea life and 70 percent of land life went...
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December 02, 2018 - 2:00 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Researchers are donning wetsuits and wading into north Georgia streams to conduct an underwater search for giant salamanders known as hellbenders. The effort is part of a survey designed to get a sense of the state of the hellbender in the north Georgia mountains. WABE Radio reports...
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November 29, 2018 - 1:48 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Flounder in Boston's once notoriously polluted harbor are now tumor-free. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution say in a new study that decades of cleanup efforts have spurred a turnaround in the health of the harbor's winter flounder. Researchers say Boston Harbor...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo, boaters and fishermen watch as a group of up to six humpback whales feed on herring near Ketchikan, Alaska. Over the past several years researchers have noticed a decline in the number of North Pacific humpback whales showing up in their traditional breeding grounds around Hawaii. The missing humpbacks migrate each autumn from Alaska, where they feed during the summer months, to Hawaii, where they mate and give birth during the winter. (Tom Miller/Ketchikan Daily News via AP, file)
November 28, 2018 - 4:56 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal...
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