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Today’s news: fish use tools, bats are super fast, and drunk parrots

September 30, 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. Bats have fastest mammal muscles. Bats may be tiny, but they sure are fast. In fact, they have the fastest muscles of all mammals. Bats use their muscles to send out a signal that allows them to locate their prey at night. Fast and supersonic hunting abilities. No wonder Bianca’s afraid of them. (Discovery News)

2. Video shows fish using tools. I think we just need to start collectively agree that all animals are way smarter than we give them credit for. A new video shows that fish are experts at using rocks as tools to get food. We could’ve told you that because we’ve seen Finding Nemo. (Discovery News)

3. Scientists identify 8 changes that cause collapse of coral reefs. An international team of scientists has identified an 8 step process that leads to coral reef die offs. Most of it is linked to overfishing. Protected, healthy reefs typically have 1,000 to 1,500 kilograms of fish per hectare. Not going to lie, we don’t really have any idea what that means. But maybe now that scientists know what causes reefs to die off, we can start to prevent it. (Yale 360)

We're so misunderstood.

4. Climate change could shrink animals. Warming temperatures could stunt the growth of copepods and crustaceans. A warming planet would cause many cold-blooded animals to stop growing at a much younger age. (Discovery News)

5. Drunk bird season in Australia. Our favorite stories always seem to come from the land down under. The birds, colorful parrots called lorikeets, aren’t actually drunk but their behavior suggests it. Every year in Australia’s Northern Territory the birds start exhibiting odd behaviors like falling out of trees and running into things. But rather then being inebriated, the birds may actually be infected with a deadly virus. That story did not have the hilarious ending we anticipated. (Discovery News)

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