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bumbleshark:

According to Australian news outlet ABC, Matt Waller, a tour operator in Neptune Bay, discovered that great white sharks act more calmly when listening to music by AC/DC, the Aussie heavy-metal band that reached its peak during the 1980s. The two songs favored by the sharks: “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back in Black.”

  • After Waller played the songs using underwater speakers, the sharks became “more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive.”
  • “They actually came past in a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker which was really bizarre,” he said.
  •  By using music and not bait to attract sharks during tours, his company is helping cage-diving operations become more eco-conscious and environmentally sustainable. 

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in case you wanted another reason to love sharks and realize what cute dorks they are. hello :)

micdotcom:

It turns out ‘Blackfish’ has had a real world effect on SeaWorld and the mistreatment of orcas 

Blackfish, the award-winning, heart-wrenching documentary about the despicable conditions orca whales live in at SeaWorld parks, seems to have hit SeaWorld right where it hurts them the most: their wallet. Shares in the park operator fell by an astonishing 33% or so on Wednesday after the company reported an expected revenue drop of 6-7% this year, spooking investors who had anticipated a robust year.

They’ve confirmed they’re feeling the pinch

wtfevolution:

"I miss dinosaurs."

"Evolution, we’ve talked about this."

"But I miss them.”

"You turned them into birds, remember? It was the best you could do, given the circumstances.”

"It’s not the same."

"I know. I’m sorry."

"Can I at least make these cassowaries 50 feet tall?"

"Come on, you know that size didn’t work out so well before."

"Six feet, then? And over 100 pounds?"

"Yeah, that sounds better."

"And can I put weird prehistoric crests on their heads?"

"I don’t see why not."

"And can they slash people’s throats with their dagger claws?”

"Sure, pal, if that would make you feel better."

"I think it would. Thanks for understanding."

"You got it, evolution. Anytime."

Source: Wikimedia Commons / Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

zooophagous:

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howtoskinatiger:

naturepunk:

The Oregon Zoo has a history of feeding their predators raw carcasses, which is pretty awesome - and unique for American zoos. Others who have tried this method of feeding have received so much backlash from visitors, who seem to think that it’s too ‘violent’ or gross to watch, that they had to cease doing it. 

We like to think we’re a bit more progressive in the Pacific Northwest, but even so, I heard a few people complaining that it was “Barbaric!” and “Disgusting!”, saying that “This is entirely inappropriate for children!” and things of that ilk, even though there were HUGE placards outside the exhibits warning, “RAW FEEDING IN PROGRESS; VIEW AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION!” 

As for the kids - I sat by the viewing window for at least half an hour, watching crowds of several dozen youngsters walk past and watch the lions as they ate. I heard comments such as, “Wow! Coool!” and “Ew, you can see it’s spine!” but not a single child looked at the scene before them with disgust and wanted to immediately leave. They were fascinated. They watched these animals with wonder and excitement, and put up a fuss when their parents got grossed-out and wanted to continue on before they did. 

Thing is, raw feeding is not only healthy and natural for captive predators, it’s also mentally stimulating for them, and greatly educational for visitors who aren’t too squeamish or sheltered to understand it.

"See how he chews with his head to the side?" one father told his young son,. "He’s got teeth in the back of his mouth that work like scissors cutting paper." 

"Why don’t I have teeth like that?" the boy asked his dad, making a chomping motion with his own jaws. His dad laughed, and told him, "Well, it’s because you’re not a meat-eater like they are. You eat plants, too. They don’t." 

That’s so awesome, it’s a shame so many people would rather have a sanitized image of nature. 

I’ve not been to many zoos but at the smaller wildlife parks I’ve been too it’s common practice to chuck in whole dead animals for the predators and there certainly aren’t any warning signs. A few weeks ago I was at a park that hung whole rabbit carcasses from the top of the enclosure for the lynx to leap up and grab, it was fantastic!

^ this, thankfully it’s pretty much common practise for UK zoos to feed whole animals (small mammals, chicks) or parts of ungulates to carnivores :)

Hang on. Raw feeding isn’t a widespread thing in the US? Do they cook the meat first or cut it up really small or something?

From what I’ve noticed in US zoos, they don’t do public feedings. I’ve never seen a zoo that doesn’t give a wildcat meat, but they do it indoors where people can’t watch, or otherwise conceal it.

Meanwhile, our zoo throws a whole deer carcass in the wolf pit.

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