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Today’s news: Cat island is safe, a huge lobster, and sperm whales

March 16, 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. Huge lobster caught of England’s south coast. One of the biggest and oldest lobsters ever caught will spend the rest of his lobster days in an aquarium. The lobster is almost 3 feet long and weighs more than 9 pounds. It’s estimated that the lobster is 50 years old. (Christian Science Monitor)

2. Japan’s “Cat Island” survived quake. With all the terrible news coming out of Japan it’s nice to hear one good story. But in true Japan fashion, it’s also sort of weird. A small island in Japan filled with mostly old people and cats has come out of the earthquake and tsunami unscathed. There are at least 100 cats on the island and everyone loves them because they kill rodents — and because cats are awesome. (Discovery News)

3. Sperm whales may have names. When sperm whales call to each other (hehehehe sperm) they use slight variations to identify themselves, which is the human equivalent to having a name. The study is only preliminary but if it’s true it would be totally awesome if there was a sperm whale named Dick. (Wired)

Tiny, adorable abominations.

4. Endangered kittens born from frozen embryos. Finally scientists are doing something adorable! Two endangered kittens were born via in vitro fertilization. The kittens are rare African black-footed cats. Does that mean we can clone Paul and Richter!?!?! (Treehugger)

5. Dolphin jumps onto boat, lands on woman. A 600 pound dolphin jumped from the water and right onto a boat, squishing a woman. The woman suffered a sprained ankle, but that sounds worth it because we would love it if a dolphin flew through the air and landed on us. (MSNBC)

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