The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories from around the globe that caught our attention the week of December 5, 2016:
These lips are no longer 'sealed'
Until now, researchers knew little about grey seals’ secret underwater lives. But an expert seal diver has recently recorded never-before-seen grey seal behaviour on film.
Being social and smart go paw-in-paw
Lions may not be the largest big cats, but what they lack in size they make up for in smarts. When researchers gave lions, tigers and leopards a puzzle to solve, lions performed best.
Chimps help cacao farmers make a living
Chimpanzees in Guinea that eat cacao from plantations disperse the crop’s seeds in pastures and forested areas when they poop. This behaviour could actually be more helpful than harmful to farmers’ livelihoods.
Freediving to gain a deeper understanding
To figure out what sperm whales — the world’s largest toothed animals — are clicking about, scientists are now free-diving with them. One researcher hopes to someday create a new click so he can communicate with these leviathans.
Australia's next top pest
The red fire ant, an invasive species from South America, could create more chaos in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes, put together. The insect’s painful, sometimes life-threatening sting could result in an estimated 3,000 severe allergic reactions in Australia annually if the population is not brought under control.