The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Eastern tiger swallowtail (Photo by James K. Adams)

Eastern tiger swallowtail (Photo by James K. Adams)

December 23, 2016 | by Adam Hunter | 0 Comments

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of December 19, 2016:

Do you hear what I hear?

Marmosets, the only animals besides humans able to hear distinct pitches, are a new model for studying human hearing.

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You are what you eat

While cannibalism is known to occur in the animal kingdom, it's been discovered that some animals will occasionally consume their own body parts – a phenomenon called “autocannibalism.”

Feast your eyes on the story here >

The "Casper" octopus could truly live up to its namesake

Deep sea mining could threaten an octopus species that resembles Casper, the renowned movie ghost.

Dig into the story here >

Put yourself in his and her shoes

Known as "bilateral gynandromorphs," in rare instances some birds, crustaceans and butterflies are born half female and half male.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures 

These salamanders will embark on a nine-kilometre trek, on average, just to find a mate.

Journey to the story here >

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Adam Hunter Adam became part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s team in October 2016.

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