Wednesday, February 27, 2013

News Shell 13

Today we take a look at lucky News Shell number 13, delivered with care to our home in the sea. In this edition we find not one but two stories about the octopus as well as a story about the manta ray. We begin, however, with a story about dolphins. I'm sure Danny would agree its a great way to start.

My Name Is...

Dolphins continue to amaze us. If only we could find a common language, there is so much that we could learn. Scientists have discovered that bottlenose dolphins call each other by name. In a recent article at Discovery News, we learn that dolphins actually name themselves, a signature whistle, which other dolphins use to refer to them.

After you check out this article, be sure to take a look at the related stories: Dolphins May Be Math Geniuses, and Are Dolphins Doomed?

Octopus Breeding

If you were to visit Richard Ross of Alameda, California, you would probably have to sleep on the couch. You see, the spare bedroom is the home of a massive aquarium system. Among the guests are five rare octopus, currently being referred to as the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus.

Mr. Ross is breeding the octopus, and they may be found in a future exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.

Read the whole story in this article from SF Gate. 

Octopus Inspiration

Our friend the octopus, specifically octopus suckers, have recently been the inspiration for robot grippers. The suckers, or suction cups, have been difficult to replicate in robots, but progress is being made.

Columnist Lily Newman has the full story, as published recently at Gizmodo. This is a story you can really wrap your tentacles around!

Saving Mantas

Well known mermaid Hannah Fraser has put out a call to merfolk and fans to help save the giant mantas. Hannah writes, "Click this link... The more views we get the more traction our cause to save mantas gets... This is a game changer if we can keep this rolling for a few weeks, we can get the laws changed to protect Manta Rays at the upcoming CITES convention!"

Thank you all for your participation!

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at)
Twitter: @CynthiaMermaid

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