Stories tagged predators

It's Friday, so it's time for a new Science Friday video. Science Friday
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This week...
"Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe a new predatory dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period in Europe. Balaur bondoc (Romanian for "stocky dragon") is huskier than its closest relative the Velociraptor and has unusual feet."

It's been a while since I've posted one of these, but here's an interesting predator face off between a sea lion and octopus. Place your bets on who you think will win. Then watch the video and see if you're right.

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Here's some incredible video of killer whales coming ashore to hunt sealions. Keep watching, they also like to play with their food. Warning: Real sealions were harmed in the making of this video.

Sometimes, there isn't safety in numbers. And most of the time, I think, it's probably a bummer to be a sardine. But it's really tough to be one of these sardines!

More cool video and an explanation of how all that was caught on film here.

I just downloaded the Raptor Resource 2008 Project Banding Report (how's that for a little light reading?), and I found the following:

"We removed the High Bridge stack nest box after the 2007 nesting season. Xcel Energy was converting from a coal facility to natural gas turbine operation, and planned to raze the stack some time in early 2008. We installed a replacement nest box on the nearby ADM stackhouse, but it appears that the falcons chose to nest under the nearby High Bridge instead."

All spring we watched and waited, and the birds were there all along! I'll get in touch with the folks at Xcel and Raptor Resource and see what we can do about watching the peregrines during the 2009 nesting season.

No, not the defunct hockey team. And not the minor league baseball team. No, we're talking about the big, snarly cat kind. No need to introduce dangerous predators into North America – they’re already here!