7. There’s an immortal jellyfish.
Well, kind of. It is still susceptible to predators but the Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish is extremely good at regenerating cells, “revealing a transformation potential unparalleled in the animal kingdom.” Scientists are currently studying it in hopes they can apply these amazing qualities to human life.
9. Humpback whales have their own “pop” music.
It turns out, mating tunes evolve and get passed around different whale populations. According to one scientist, “This is the first time that such broad-scale and population-wide cultural exchange has been documented in any species other than humans.” It’s like going viral underwater.
15. Elephants show remarkable empathy, even to other species.
Elephants are known to mourn their dead, but it turns out they will often put themselves in harms way to help another animal as well. Pictured above is the beautiful story of Tarra and Bella, best friends despite their stature. When the dog, Bella sadly passed away, Tarra found Bella and carried her back home to bury her. Amazingly, as Tarra was grieving, the other elephants gathered around, bringing food to comfort her. Watch the the full story.
18. Dolphins have names for one other.
Recent research shows that dolphins can call out to one other specifically, by mimicking the distinct whistle of the dolphin they want. They do it to identify objects as well. This is the only animal who can do this outside of humans (at least that we know of…).
24. There’s a beluga with a fine appreciation for the arts.
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