If you've ever wondered what a mindfuck looks like, now you know

Meet Siphopteron species 1. It's a species of sea slug, recently discovered by Rolanda Lange. To procreate, two members of the species get together, stick organs into each other's heads, and fertilize. That's right — nature has at last provided us with a perfect example of the mindfuck. » 11/12/13 5:00pm 11/12/13 5:00pm

Watch the first-ever footage of spontaneous ejaculation in a dolphin

WHOA. Did you know dolphins have wet dreams? Be honest – you probably didn't. Hardly surprising, though, given that this is the very first footage of a wild dolphin ejaculating completely spontaneously. No overt socio-sexual activity. No direct genital stimulation. Nada. Dude was swimming lazily along when he suddenly… » 9/03/13 10:20am 9/03/13 10:20am

This is why the ocean is full of dead zones

Every year, a massive "dead zone" develops in the Gulf of Mexico — a region where algae destroys almost all the oxygen in the ocean. No fish or other life forms can survive there. This year's dead zone is roughly 5,840 square miles (see above map). It's almost twice as big as last year's. What causes this watery death… » 8/14/13 5:39pm 8/14/13 5:39pm

Here's how Shark Week wrecked shark science

I'm not sure whether Shark Week was ever really a great moment in science communication with the public. But after last week's Megalodon special and fake shark facts on Discovery Channel, we know for sure that sharks have joined UFOs in the annals of Great Pseudoscience. Shark researcher David Shiffman breaks it down… » 8/14/13 2:42pm 8/14/13 2:42pm

Dolphins give each other their own special “names”

Many of the traits we think of as uniquely human can be found in at least a handful of animal species, but names really are almost unheard of outside our species. The reason why I have to say "almost"? Look no further than everyone's favorite exemplar of non-human intelligence, the dolphin. » 7/28/13 2:46pm 7/28/13 2:46pm

These fish are evidence that humans aren't the only evil animals

It's a common (but evil) survival strategy in zombie movies: Injure somebody else and run like hell while they get eaten. But humans aren't the only bastards who do this. Some shoaling fish also use this selfish tactic when they're being chased by predators, according to new research. » 7/10/13 2:21pm 7/10/13 2:21pm

How a whale can hold its breath underwater for up to an hour

Unlike humans, many whales can go on hour-long dives without needing to breathe. But no one has been sure how they did it. Now, new research shows it all comes down to a specially adapted oxygen-binding protein in the animals' muscle tissues — a finding that could someday prove valuable in medicine. » 6/14/13 4:30pm 6/14/13 4:30pm