Passengers aboard a BC Ferries vessel in the Strait of Georgia outside of Vancouver were treated to a Halloween visit from thousands of dolphins.
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Scientists at Tel Aviv University have been researching the peculiar, but extremely common practice of same-sex mating between insects. The result: bugs are just so excited to procreate that they can't tell the difference before they've mounted each other. There are, it turns out, plenty of factors that go into the randy, six-legged sex-fest, including confusing female pheromones from the bugs' previous mates. Still, some 85% of the insects in the study took part in same-sex mating practices; maybe they're on to something.
Daily Mail reports:
The study found there are no clear benefits for certain species of insects to have same-sex relationships and concluded they may be duped into thinking another is a female, either because of how similar they look or by scents they have picked up.
Dr Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology and Dr Oliver Martin of ETH Zurich claim mating takes time and energy and can be dangerous, which makes homosexual mating even less appealing from an evolutionary perspective because it lacks the payoff of procreation.
'Insects and spiders mate quick and dirty,' claimed Dr Scharf. 'The cost of taking the time to identify the gender of mates or the cost of hesitation appears to be greater than the cost of making some mistakes.'
The researchers identify insects' evolutionary flaws as one cause of the phenomenon as well. These bugs are not adept to make cost-benefit analyses, and they are also unable to distinguish between other objects and their own kind. They sometimes "mate with related species or inanimate objects, like beer bottles." The benefits of same-sex coupling, if there are any, remain unclear, but researchers are not done looking into the mating practices of insects.
'Homosexual behaviour may be genomically linked to being more active, a better forager, or a better competitor,' said Dr Scharf. 'So even though misidentifying mates isn't a desirable trait, it's part of a package of traits that leaves the insect better adapted overall.'
To confirm their theory, the researchers plan to study the conditions that make homosexual behaviour more or less likely in bugs. They also want to look more deeply into male resistance to homosexual mating.
The three nitwits who toppled an ancient rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park and posted it on the internet for all to see have been booted by the Boy Scouts, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:
David Hall and Glenn Taylor no longer will serve as leaders in the Utah National Parks Council, according to a news release from the Boy Scouts of America. The decision came from the council leadership, which referred to the men’s behavior as "reprehensible" and a violation of the Scout principle of "leave no trace." ... The decision to remove the men, Gailey added, came over the weekend after conversations with park leaders, the attorney general’s office and the LDS Church, which sponsors the troop.
In related news, the idiot who actually pushed the rock over is involved in a lawsuit claiming disability:
Taylor is now facing additional scrutiny after it was revealed that he filed a suit claiming he endured “great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of life” stemming from a 2009 car accident, according to ABC News affiliate KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to KTVX, Taylor said in the documents he has incurred an estimated $5,000 in medical related expenses.
Alan Macdonald, who is being sued by Taylor because it was his daughter who hit Taylor’s car, told KTVX that he was “highly offended” by Taylor’s actions.
“Somebody with a bad back who is disabled who can’t enjoy life to me doesn’t step up and push a rock right off its base,” Macdonald said.
In the video, posted on Facebook, one man can be seen leveraging himself against a nearby rock and pushing a formation over.
"Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way," the cameraman is heard saying. "So it’s all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley."
After the rock falls, the three men laugh, cheer and high five each other.
"We have now modified Goblin Valley!"
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Said park spokesman Eugene Swalberg to the paper: "It is not only wrong, but there will be consequences. This is highly, highly inappropriate. This is not what you do at state parks. It’s disturbing and upsetting."
A Sumatran tiger gave birth at the ZSL London Zoo this week for the first time in 17 years. The zoo captured the rare birth on a webcam.
The Guardian reports:
The pregnancy, which lasted about 105 days, was kept secret by zookeepers who kept a careful watch on the first-time mother through hidden cameras so they would not disturb her. The cub was born six months after the opening of "tiger territory" at the zoo, designed to encourage breeding of the critically endangered sub-species of tiger.
Zookeeper Paul Kybett said everyone at the zoo was "over the moon" about the birth.
"We were nervous about the pregnancy, as it was Melati's first cub and we didn't know how she'd react. When it came to her due date, we were all watching our monitors with bated breath. The actual birth happened very quickly and Melati's maternal instincts kicked in immediately as she started licking the cub all over and it soon began wriggling around – we couldn't have asked for a smoother birth."
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