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Today’s news: The connection between mass animal suicides and natural disasters

February 23, 2011

Here are some 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. Can whale stranding help predict earthquakes? A devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 65 people Tuesday. Less than 48 hours before the quake, 107 whales beached themselves and died on the country’s shore. This isn’t the first time mass animal suicides have coincided with major natural disasters — 170 whales died a few weeks before the 2004 tsunami. Coincidence or connection? (TreeHugger)

I'm smarter than you.

You're a dumbass.

2. Sheep are super smart. Your average sheep has the ability to make executive decisions — and may be smarter than you.  The farm animal can tell the difference between colors, remember its way out of a maze, and do many other things even monkeys struggle with. So as researcher Michael Marshall wrote, “It really is about time we stopped making fun of sheep.” (Inventor Spot)

3.  Alcohol makes fish anti-social. If a fish is exposed to alcohol while still in its egg, it will likely be an anti-social adult fish.  And the more alcohol it experiences, the more unfriendly it is. (Discovery News)

4. Waves of sleep wash over seagulls. Sleep for birds is risky since it makes them more vulnerable to predators. To avoid being killed, seagulls look to their seagull leaders to see if its OK to nap. Scientists believe that these birds feel it is safe to sleep when their vigilant neighbors are resting. (BBC News)

5. Top 10 animals that cause car wrecks. We get the deer, raccoon, and squirrels — but birds?! Didn’t see that one coming. (Satellite Dish)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2011 9:04 am

    The caption for the sheep photo is absolutely perfect. 🙂

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