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Family Structures of Sea Otters

The behavioral patterns of sea otters are quite unique in terms of their family and social structures. Although they are independent creatures in terms of foraging for food, they are known for living highly interactive lifestyles. It is not uncommon to find a pair of sea otters casually holding hands and relaxing in the open waters. Although they are a very interactive species, sea otters prefer to spend the majority of their time alone and are self-sustaining. Adults do not rely on others for their own survival. Mating Sea otters practice a polygynous lifestyle, meaning that males tend to...

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Tips on How to Identify Rare Bird Species

Finding and reporting a rare bird can be beneficial to your community and you may even be featured in a local news story. However, unless you are a bird expert, it may be hard to differentiate and identify such a species. Some species are hard to find because their numbers are scarce, while others are only active at night or camouflage well. Finding one often involves luck or some degree of effort. Birds in Your Area If you want to commit to searching for rare bird species, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with common bird species in your area first....

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5 Animals Thought To Be Extinct That Were Re-Discovered

It’s always heartening to read good news and this is especially so when an animal that was thought to be extinct is rediscovered. Perhaps it’s wise to never give up hope. Here is a list of 5 animals that were rediscovered after being declared extinct. 1. Stick Insect The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect is more than 15 cm (6 inches) long so it is pretty easy to spot. It was declared extinct in 1920. At the moment there is only 1 known location where it lives and there were only 24 examples of the insect when it was...

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Hunting Characteristics of Barracudas

Barracudas are slender, muscular fish with a mouthful of teeth. They are found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans in addition to the Caribbean and Red seas. Unfortunately because of their looks and teeth, barracudas have been the stars of films and given a monstrous reputation. Hunting Characteristics of Barracudas Barracudas eat fish such as small tunas, jacks, grunts, groupers, snappers, killifishes, herrings, and anchovies. They have also been known to eat crustaceans and squid. Barracudas hunt using two main strategies. The first is sitting and waiting for prey to come close. When barracudas...

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Social Behavior of African Wild Dogs

African Wild Dogs are known by many names such as the painted dog, African Hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, and Lycaon pictus which means ‘’painted wolf’’ in Latin. In Swahili, they are called ‘’Mbwa mwilu’’.  Found in southern Africa, their numbers are now in decline having once been found all across wherever the habitat was suitable for them. Their social behavior is based around packs and it is interesting to note the social interactions and hunting patterns that they have adopted. Mating A breeding pair that is monogamous leads the pack or is at least dominated by it. There...

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