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First Crocodile Attack In Florida's History!

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A young couple have become the first people ever in Florida to have been attacked by a crocodile.

Mike Gregory, 23, and Leigha Poulson, 20, who miraculously escaped with minor injuries, were kayaking in the early morning in the Florida Keys after a night out partying, when they were flipped into the water.

As they struggled to get back inside the kayak, they were both bitten on the leg by a crocodile, with Poulson also suffering scratch marks to her side.

While alligators are a fairly common danger in Florida, no one is thought to have been attacked before in the state by the elusive American crocodile.

Officials have yet to confirm the details of the attack, but the couple are convinced it was a crocodile that bit them and the claims have been backed by a top university biologist.

Poulson, who recently moved to from Ohio to study marine biology at Florida Keys Community College, added:

"I was saying how pretty it was out there and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else because I am from Ohio and then the boat just flipped. Then I was screaming 'Oh my God!"

Welcome to Florida Leigha! Wanna change your major?

[Image via WENN.]

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Just Released: Official Dolphin Tale Trailer

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Looks Cute!

A Dolphin Tale is the story of a young boy who finds an injured dolphin and is able to get his parents and various vets and marine biologists to help him save the creature.

Film stars Harry Connick Jr, Morgan Freeman, and Ashley Judd and (lame title aside) looks purdy good!

Check it out!

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New Species Of Stingrays Discovered in the Amazon

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 New 'Pancake' Stingrays Discovered in the Amazon

Two new types of freshwater stingrays have been discovered the Amazon.

Both stingrays have been nick-named "pancake" stingrays - cause they pancakes with noses.

Biologists say the two "pancake" species belong to the first new stingray genus found in the Amazon region in more than two decades.

The team's work in the Upper Amazon confirmed the new genus, Heliotrygon, and the two new species, Heliotrygon gomesi and Heliotrygon rosai (and you can learn how to pronounce that yourself).

Besides their pancake-like appearance, both rays are big, have slits on their bellies and a tiny spine on their tails.

"The most important thing this discovery tells us is that there are quite likely to be other large fishes in the Amazon yet to be discovered and described,"

said one biologist. Adding,

"Our understanding of the biodiversity of this region is not complete by any stretch of the imagination."

Photo Credit: Ken Jones

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Crows vs Cat vs Cat Street Fight!

Filed under: Attack!BirdsCat

This week's kitty vs…

Bird attacks cats, cats attack each other!

What is going on???

Biologists say that cat fighting is typical, what's remarkable is crows going after their cat predator.

The cause for the feather attack is most likely a nearby nest of eggs.

Check out the combat and its HIGHlariously dramatic musical score!

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Oldest Bird In U.S. Is A New Mom

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Oldest brid in America

This bird is a cougar!

Wildlife Service biologist spotted the (at least) 60-year-old seabird taking care of her chick.

Scientist banded (marked) the Laysan albatross in 1956 when she was thought to be 5 years old.

The chief of the Bird Banding Program, said the albatross is the oldest wild bird documented by the 90-year-old bird banding program, which is run by the U.S. Geological Survey.

"She looks great. To know that she can still successfully raise young at age 60-plus, that is beyond words."

The bird, named Wisdom, has likely raised at least 30 to 35 chicks during her life. And we bet none of them call her for Mothers Day.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Mass Sardine Death In Swallow Falls California Marina

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Sardines anyone?

An estimated ONE MILLION fish turned up dead Tuesday in a Southern
California marina.

Biologists say the mass death was caused by choking on low-oxygen water.

This created a floating feast for pelicans, gulls and other sea life and a stinky mess for harbor authorities to clean.

We think this is a good opportunity to take a page from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and make "Sardine Land."

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Researchers Solve Flea Mystery

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How fleas jumped was always a mystery to scientist - the darn things are just too fast!

It was no small task, but researchers have solved a long-term mystery—how fleas jump. Now high-speed video (watch above) confirms the insects take off using their toes, scientists announced Thursday.

This mystery has intrigued biologists as well as engineers.

We would still like to know how to kill them.

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