First-Ever Video of the Rare Omura’s Whale in the Wild

There are, even in the twenty-first century, new discoveries and observations to be made –

Dr. Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and an international team of whale biologists have just released images and detailed descriptions on the first scientific observations in the wild ever of Omura’s whales, one of the least known species of whales in the world.

Via New England Aquarium’s YouTube Channel.

The Halloween Crab

Lauren Goode of the Verge writes about an encounter in Costa Rica with a crustacean called the Halloween Crab:

Only later, once I was able to connect to WiFi, did I learn that we had just had our first encounter with Gecarcinus quadratus de Saussure, otherwise known as the Halloween crab. And only later, in the light of day, did I see how awesome they are.

Halloween crabs are nicknamed so because of their brilliant colors — they have a tar-black carapace, blood-orange legs and purple claws, with a pair of yellow spots behind the eyes. They are land crabs in little technicolor dreamcoats. They measure around two inches across the carapace and four inches from claw to claw, but they have an adorable way of making themselves bigger when you near them, putting up their claws as if to say “It wasn’t me!” while they scuttle away.

SeeThe Verge Review of Animals: the Halloween Crab.

Virtual Spinning Globe of Jupiter

When one thinks of Jupiter, the Great Red Spot immediately comes to mind. The new images show that the large swirling red vortex continues to shrink and assume a more circular shape over time. The long axis of the storm is now 150 miles shorter than it was in 2014, which while faster than normal, is still consistent with long-term observations Hubble has been making over the years.

Via Virtual spinning globe of Jupiter offers new look at Great Red Spot @ CBS News.

Rare Nautilus Spotted for the First Time in 30 Years

About 30 years ago, biologist Peter Ward and his colleague discovered a new species of nautilus, and, for the first time since, Ward recently laid eyes on the rare creature again. About 30 years ago, biologist Peter Ward and his colleague discovered a new species of nautilus, Allonautilus scrobiculatus, notable for the thick layer of slime and hair covering its shell. In the decades since, however, the creature has proven to be an elusive one. Finally, on a recent trip to the South Pacific, Ward laid eyes on the rare nautilus once again. He and his crew successfully baited one of the shelled sea animals and filmed its activities. The resulting footage showed the species has a pretty strong force of will. When another nautilus approached, attempting to partake in the feast, a battle ensued. Later, a sunfish showed up, and though it knocked the Allonautilus around, the little guy held its own for about 2 hours. That footage, combined with samples taken in a separate investigative effort, has greatly informed the study of what Ward says may be the rarest animal in the world.

Via GeoBeats News.

Whale Sighting in Canada

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Sandy Seliga was vacationing from Toronto and had whale watching on her bucket list — we’d say she can safely check that item off after a sighting like this!!

Whales are a majestic part of the Bay of Fundy ecosystem. But these brilliant creatures are under stress from tanker traffic in the bay, which is poised to get a lot busier and riskier for whales with TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline.

Via Live 2 @ YouTube.