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Massive Dolphin Die-Off Mystery Solved!!

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This is so crazy, but dolphins have been dying at an alarming rate… and no one knew why.

From New York to North Carolina, 357 dolphins have died between July 1st and August 26th of just this year!

There are normally only about 36 deaths during that time!!

That's awful?? What's going no?!

Apparently, it's a virus! Scientists have just discovered the morbillivirus, similar to measles, is weakening dolphins' immune systems.

The outbreak cannot spread to humans, so we're safe, but dolphins are still dying and there's no way to immunize wild dolphins!

Oh no! We better figure out some way to help them! Poor dolphins…

Check out the video (above) to learn a little more about this scary situation.

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How Parasites Are Turning Nature Into Zombieland!

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It's funny how the smallest creatures can turn the world into ravenous, mindless, brain eating zombies….

Scientists are beginning to discover why parasites can take over their hosts and force them to do their bidding.

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The World's Most Dangerous Animal Is…

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So, out of all the species in the world…which one is most likely to kill everything???

While most would say that humans are the Most Dangerous Game AND the Most Dangerous Animal, it's actually something that has wings.

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(Caterpillar) Zombies Have Risen!

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A new study unveiled the discovery of a virus that takes contorl of caterpillar's brains.

Once the virus has control it makes them climb to the treetops, then liquifies their bodies.

Their liquid body then pours down onto the ground, infecting all the lower leaves with the virus, ensuring the spread of the virus.

A researcher said that:

"[The virus] ends up using just about all of the caterpillar to make more virus, and there are other genes in the virus that then make the caterpillar melt. So it becomes a pool of millions of virus particles that end up dropping onto the foliage below where it can infect other moths that eat those leaves."

“Zombification” has been seen in insects before but usually because of a fungus, not a virus.

And we all know what viruses can do.

Mutate then spread to humans!

Srsly though, don’t worry, the virus only infects invertebrates…

…for now.

[Image via Mark Readman/WENN.]

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NYC's First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes

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NYC's First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes

First Jersey Shore now West Nile??

The city's first case of the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Eltingville, according to the NYC Health Department.

So far, no human cases have been found this season in the five boroughs.

The Health Department said it has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the area where the mosquitoes were found.

West Nile virus has returned to New York City, but simple precautions can help protect you and your family,”

the Health Commissioner warned.

Oh Staten Island, what nastiness will you breed next?

[Image via WENN.]

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