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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: good news for fish, the dog shake revealed, and adorable pictures

November 17, 2010

Here are five fascinating articles that the humans (and animals) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Fish numbers triple after oil spill fishing closures. There is actually good news to come out of the BP oil spill! The number of fish tripled in the Gulf of Mexico after the government shut down all fishing through the spring and summer. Scientists say this is further evidence of the pressure commercial fishing puts on the Gulf. Now they can go back to doing what they do best. (Al.com)

2. The wet dog shake revealed. You see it coming and you know it’s time to get out of the way – the doggy dry off shake. Apparently, there’s more too it than just desperately flinging water off your fur. Scientists are discovering that the way dogs and other animals shake themselves to dry off is extremely precise and effecient. (Discovery News)

My heart is going to explode. From cuteness.

3. Sea lion mom adopts orphaned pups. These adorable pictures show that adoption can happen even in the animal kingdom. (Discovery News)

4. Bats suck at seeing. Pretty much everyone knows that bats use sonar to see so they can zero in on you and suck your blood. In a study that proves that scientists just like fucking with everyone, researchers set up an obstacle course for bats. They learned that bat vision gets better the darker it is, and decreases with more light. (National Geographic)

5. Tiger summit in Russia. Tigers are so badass that leaders from around the world are meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia next week — for three days — to discuss how to save them from extinction. The event,  which is two-years in the making, is believed to be the first of it’s kind. Eye of the Tiger better be playing on repeat at all deliberations.  (LiveScience)

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