Frozen Zoos Are Genetic Archives For Hundreds Of Species
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Zoos are controversial places. It's undeniably cool to see a real, live lion up close, shaggy mane and all. But it's sad to think this wild creature lives its life confined in an often too-small, fenced-in public arena. On the other hand, important research is conducted at zoos that ultimately helps species survive. But on the other, other hand... You get the idea. If you struggle with the idea of a traditional zoo, you may prefer to learn about frozen zoos. Frozen zoos are facilities that house the genetic materials of a variety of species and subspecies, and are used to help them stay around. Yay for saving animals!
The Ancient Practice Of Golden Eagle Hunting Is Making A Comeback
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What would it take for you to trap a golden eagle? Imagine pursuing a 3-foot, 15-pound bird with a wingspan of over 6 feet that reaches speeds of up to 190 miles per hour. Think you can handle that? Just be sure to steer clear of their razor sharp, bone-breaking talons. If you're starting to wonder who in their right minds would hunt such an intimidating animal, say hello to golden eagle hunters, the bürkitshiler. They're named after the Kazakh word for eagle, "bürkit," and have been hunting these birds for centuries.
Sorry, But The Crab In Your California Rolls Is Probably Just Fish
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What's your favorite type of sushi? If you're a maki lover, you might be partial to the California roll. Mmm...the delicious cucumber, avocado, and processed, colored fish paste. That's right: that tender "crab" in your roll is real seafood, but it likely isn't real crab. Instead, it's imitation crab, or "crab stick." In Japanese, crab stick is called "surimi," which means "ground meat." Every time you eat imitation crab, you're actually eating a paste of Alaska pollock, Atlantic cod, Tilapia, or another mild white fish.
The Haenyo Are South Korean Mermaids
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Remember when you watched The Little Mermaid, then told your entire class that you wanted to be a mermaid when you grew up? No, just us? We digress. A group of elderly South Korean women are considered real-life mermaids, diving depths of up to 65 feet (20 meters) without any oxygen tanks. Beat that, Ariel.
Animals Can Be Born With Two Heads
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You might want to sit down for this one... two-headed sharks are very much a thing. But before you cancel your holiday beach trip for fear of a JAWS-style attack times two, know that the likelihood of a two-headed shark birth is 0.13 percent, and if the shark actually survives, its life will almost surely be brief. Quick—re-book those flights to Florida!The biological phenomena of animals being born with two heads is called dicephalia. Although rare, two-headed animals have been documented since the 1800s. A producer named Todd Ray actually has the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of two-headed animals, including a two-headed goat and a two-headed albino hog-nosed snake. So what causes this defect—could it be man-made?