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Shark Week Clip: Shark Diving 101

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Shark Week is the best time of the year (suck it winter holidays). In honor of the occasion we're gifting you with this fishy video treat!

Here's a special clip for the Discovery channel's magical programing on diving with monsters sharks!

Okay, we admit it, we're not as open minded about the sharp tooth creatures as we should be. But the Florida state Aquarium is trying hard to fight shark's scary rep by offering classes (for peps much braver than us) on diving with the sharks!!

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Andy Samberg Swim'n With Sharks

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Shark Week is HERE!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year. The razor-sharp comedian gets into the swim of things as host of the annual Discovery Channel event.

Andy Samberg claims the prestigious job has its downsides.

"The worst thing about being Chief Shark Officer is that I had to go to the Bahamas. Ugh."

When asked if he has any tips for next years Shark Week host the SNL star said:

"I don't think I really care about the next Chief Shark Officer. Like, I hope they die. I know that seems harsh, but I hope they die."

LOL! Such a sweetheart.

See more pics of the Chief Shark Officer swimming with his new pals below!

[image via Tim Calver/Discovery Channel]

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Turns Out, Polar Bears Are Irish

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Turns Out, Polar Bears Are Irish


Ever wonder why polar bears love to dance gigs and always call into work sick the day after St. Patrick's day?

Well…. it turns out the Arctic's dwindling population of polar bears all descend from a single mama brown bear which lived 20,000 to 50,000 years ago in present-day Ireland.

A study recently released said DNA samples from the great white carnivores — taken from across their entire range in Russia, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Alaska — revealed that every individual's lineage could be traced back to this Irish forebear.

Interbreeding may have helped polar bears survive climate change events in the past — offering some hope for the future.

[Image via WENN.]

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Monster Wombat Fossils Discovered In The Out Back

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Prehistoric Monster Wom

Wait, is this the monster from Cloverfeild?

Australian scientists have uncovered the world's biggest marsupial – a "three-ton monster" the size of a Jeep that lived up to two million years ago.

Scientist have given it the name DIPROTODON making it the badass marsupial to exist.

What are we gonna do if we find an even bigger prehistoric marsupial, like a man-eating kangaroo? We're gonna need an even more badass name, but we suppose scientist will cross that road when if they come to it.

Anyway, the DIPROTODON is about the size of a rhinoceros and was found on a remote cattle station in an area rich in the remains of prehistoric megafauna.

The discovery of a virtually complete fossil makes it one of Australia’s most significant prehistoric discoveries.

Photo: Whikipedia

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Shark Week Goes GaGa!

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Two of our most fave things LADY GAGA and SHARK WEEK have been combined!

Shark Week begins July 31, 2011, on Discovery Channel, and we could. not. be. more. psyched.

If you haven't heard - this year the week of weeks will be hosted SNL cutie Andy Samberg!

Be still our hearts… but not too still. We need to make it to the end of the month.

For now we'll just have to rock out to Lady G and these awesome shark clips!

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A New Crab Species Discovered In Costa Rica

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Johngarthia Cocoensis


A new species of large land crab was discovered on Cocos Island in Costa Rica Monday.

University researchers from Costa Rica and the United States discovered the new species, named Johngarthia Cocoensis, on the Pacific Ocean island.

The distinguishing characteristic of J. Coco is its large size–a male can measure 15.7 inches with their front legs extended (females measure smaller). Sound delicious interesting!

Perhaps they took so long to be discovered because the crabs live in holes dug into the soil and eat primarily grasses and seeds. Either that or they have the power of invisibility.

The crab discovery comes right after the discovery of seven new mouse species in the Philippines.

Yo animals — where have you been hiding???

Photo: panzerwelten

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Seven New Species of Mammals Discovered in Philippines

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Seven New Species of Mammals Discovered

Adorable Find!

Seven new forest mouse species have come out of hiding on Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, researchers announced Monday.

Observations of each mouse's morphology as well as genetics suggest the seven newbies are part of a new subgenus called Megapomys, which is part of the genus Apomys. These mice are relatively large, weighing less than a half pound tails that are as long as, or slightly shorter, than the length of the animal's body and head.

"It is extraordinary that so many new species of mammals remain to be discovered in the Philippines, And we are nowhere close to the end of our discoveries. The Philippines may have the greatest concentration of unique species of animals of any country in the world,"

according to Danilo Balete, leader of the project's field team.

There's hoping they discover a dragon or a unicorn next!

Photo: Velizar Simeonovski, The Field Museum

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