Bumblebee recovers by honey


This 17 February 2017 video shows a bumblebee. Exhausted, it had landed on the floor of the kitchen of Hans Looijschelder in the Netherlands.

Hans carefully put a piece of paper under the bumblebee and put it on a wall outside, out of reach for cats.

Hans then gave the bumblebee a drop of honey; which gave the insect the strength to fly again.

New crab species gets Harry Potter name


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1 February 2017

A new species of crab has been named after two characters from JK Rowling‘s “Harry Potter” stories, according to a new study in “ZooKeys”.

From Science News:

Coral reef crab named after Harry Potter characters

16 years after its discovery, the crustacean is labeled a new species

By Helen Thompson

7:00am, February 13, 2017

Deep beneath coral rubble in reefs off the coast of Guam, there lives a pale, black-eyed crab whose true taxonomic character has long been unknown.

In 2001, amateur researcher Harry Conley discovered the translucent crab burrowing among reef rocks. Eventually, two specimens — each several millimeters long — came to the lab of biologist Peter Ng at the National University of Singapore. Now, Ng and colleague Jose Mendoza have identified the quirky crustacean as a new species and bestowed on it the moniker Harryplax severus, the researchers report January 23 in ZooKeys.

The genus name honors two Harrys: Conley, who died in 2002 and had a reputation for finding otherworldly ocean critters, and Harry Potter, the titular character in J.K. Rowling’s popular books. Mendoza, a Potter fan, suggested the species designation severus — a reference to the books’ notoriously uptight and misjudged Severus Snape, whose true nature remains elusive until the series’ end.

H. severus belongs to a group of crabs first found in shadowy caves on Christmas Island. With small beady eyes, well-developed antennae, washed-out coloration and long legs, the crabs are suited to the dimly lit nooks and crannies of Guam’s rubble beds — a place where Snape, a prickly potions master who worked in a dungeon, might feel right at home.

Whales, seals feed on Antarctic krill


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10 February 2017

Fur seals and whales feast on billions of krill. A chance to see fantastic images of the most abundant whales in the Southern Oceans, Minke Whales, and the awe-inspiring Humpback Whales that also visit the freezing Southern Seas in the summer.

‘EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS’ OF TOXIC POLLUTANTS FOUND IN DEEPEST PARTS OF WORLD’S OCEANS “The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, reportedly provides the first evidence that man-made pollutants have reached the planet’s most far-off areas, according to those behind the research.” [HuffPost]

Seabirds, jellyfish feed on plankton


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Weird Ocean Predators Feed On Plankton – Blue PlanetBBC Earth

5 February 2017

In the height of the day, Petrels perform a weird and wonderful dance on the sea surface to feed on yellow-fin tuna eggs and other tiny plankton. Once the sun has set, bizarre glowing jellyfish spring from the ocean depths to feed on the tiny life that floats on the waves.

Octopus, what is its plural?


This video from the USA says about itself:

What is the plural of Octopus? | BLUE WORLD ACADEMY

10 February 2017

Is it octopus or octopi? Octopods or octopuses? Jonathan explains the plural of octopus!

Gulf of Mexico marine life video


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3 February 2017

In the Gulf of Mexico, Jonathan visits several oil rigs to scuba dive on the structure and learn how these offshore platforms attract marine life as artificial reefs.

JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure program that airs on public television in the United States.

British wildlife in 2016


This video from Britain says about itself:

What did 2016 mean for wildlife?

3 January 2017

Another year of unsettled weather has seen extraordinary grass growth – good for livestock and hay making, but bad for many plants and insects which like short turf grassland.

Find out how the National Trust is working to protect special places and the wildlife that lives there: here.