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Your Fuzzy Antidote to Sadness: Alpacas!

In a time when there is so much division, comfort can still be found in the world around us. We’re pulling our favorite sweater over our heads and coming out to the other side to celebrate an animal who has been gifting us relief for centuries! With an alpaca's undeniably cute underbite and "super fiber" fleece, your hard day is about to become a little softer!
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Image: Beluga peering at a childs hand on aquarium glass

A True Tale of Finding a Best Friend in a Beluga Whale

Can an unlikely friendship help save an entire species? When an aquarium trainer met her counterpoint in a friendly beluga whale, a bond was formed that can teach us more than we ever dreamed possible. Let's dive into a real-life story that will have you heading to the nearest aquarium in search of a new best friend!
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Image: Eel (technically an Anguilla marmorata)

Do You Know Where Baby Eels Come From? Neither Does Science!

There are a lot of mysteries about the world around us, but one you probably never thought you'd ponder is the mating lives of eels! EELS? Yes, these slippery friends have stumped scientists and philosophers for centuries, and this mystery reminds us all of the wonderful quirks of our world!
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Why Don’t Beetles Have Bones? (And Why Do You?)

The perfect combination of strong, flexible, and light, our skeletons do a lot more than hold us up! But how did we end up with this skeletal wonder that makes us so different from bugs and beetles? Well, the answer is a great reminder of how a few little detours on the path of life can lead us in entirely different directions! 
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Image: Giant squid captured on video

How the “Kraken” Was Caught On Film! (Twice!)

How is it that one of the world's largest animals still remains a mystery? In an original interview with our head writer Samantha Burns, marine biologist Dr. Nathan J. Robinson chronicles the day he captured real-life footage of a legendary creature that has been the scuttlebutt of sailors for centuries—and how we could do it next!
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Can Squirrels Outsmart a NASA Engineer?

These fuzzy backyard bandits are breaking into bird feeders across the globe! But can this former NASA engineer design a squirrel-proof bird feeder? Check out this ingenious course he came up with, meet the contenders, and prepare for the most amazing—and hilarious—look at how our squirrel friends work their magic!
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Image: Pink sea cucumber moving over coral

The Most Marvelous Butts of the Ocean!

Make your next trip to the beach even more exciting by discovering the journey that the sand between your toes has gone through! Sometimes, the most important players in our lives are vastly overlooked. So today, we relish in the wonder of the sea cucumber: the most humble, hungry hot dog you'll ever find saving the world!
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Meet the Birds Keeping You Safe in Flight!

Did you know that one of the greatest threats to our safety as we board a plane and fly off to our destination is BIRDS!? Luckily, some ingenious airports are turning to one of the world's oldest sports and taking some inspiration from the natural world to keep us safe! 
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