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One marine mammal has been documented diving as deep as 9,816 feet — equivalent to the depth of over 30 Statues of Liberty stacked on top of one another.
Thanks to a yellow pigment that filters out sunlight, barreleyes can't be fooled by a common deep-sea camouflage tactic.
From spiders the size of dinner plates, to others with inch-long fangs, these mythically-large arachnids roam the earth.
Lion manes are generally there to impress and intimidate — but not all males have them, and in some circumstances, lionesses are also known to sprout fuzzy facial hair.
For the first time, scientists have estimated the abundance of great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod.
Paleontologists in Peru have described an ancient species of whale that was way heavier than a blue whale.
The 1992 storm destroyed a python breeding facility, potentially setting hundreds of pythons free. But it's likely the invasive species had gained a foothold in the Everglades long before the hurricane hit.
The Mexican salamander is only found in two lakes and is considered critically endangered, with pollution and invasive predators driving the species' decline.
The orca "slurped in the liver and then the whale shark just fell and descended down, with no movement," James Moskito of Ocean Safaris told Live Science.
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