Jane J. Lee

Locally “Extinct” Bumblebee Found in Virginia

A routine survey turned up a small ray of hope recently when a single rusty-patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis)—thought extinct in the eastern U.S.—popped up in Virginia‘s Sky Meadows State Park (map).  Scientists first realized that this ...

Stayin’ Alive: Baby Mantis Shrimp Use Light to Stay Invisible

Young mantis shrimp camouflage themselves by using reflectors that give off opalescent blue-green light to make their eyes invisible to anyone who’s looking, according to a new study. Adult mantis shrimp are known for having one of the swiftest ...

7 Bug and Spider Myths Squashed

Nothing gets us reaching for the can of bug spray quicker than a creepy crawly scuttling our way. The approaching end of summer may give us some relief from their biting, stinging, and hiding in our favorite shoes. But the ...

Washington, D.C.’s Snowy Owl Found Dead in Minnesota

Watch a video detailing how the famous snowy owl got new feathers earlier this year.   A snowy owl injured during its big-city adventure to Washington, D.C., this past winter has died. It survived camera-toting fans and a run-in ...

Can Artificial Insemination Save Endangered Species?

From matchmaking to setting the right mood, it takes a lot of effort to get endangered species in captivity to breed. Sometimes animals can’t be left to let nature take its course, so people intervene.  Artificial insemination—taking sperm ...

Whales and Dolphins Squeal With Delight, Study Finds

Beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins express their pleasure by squealing like children, a new study suggests for the first time.  The squeaky sounds, which are different from the echolocation buzzes some whales and dolphins use to home in on prey, ...

How Do Glowing Sharks See in the Dark? New Surprises Revealed

Deep-sea sharks wield some surprisingly well-adapted eyes that help them see in the dark, according to new research. Transparent patches of skin above their eyes and a unique arrangement of light-sensitive cells on their retinas, among other things, allow five ...

Why Don’t Octopuses Tie Themselves in Knots?

They have eight arms lined with suckers that can latch on to just about anything, yet octopuses never seem to get tangled up in their own limbs. That’s because a self-recognition mechanism in the skin of the common octopus ...

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Japan’s Coast

It’s been a banner month for rare shark sightings. Last week a fisher off the coast of Florida caught the second goblin shark ever seen in the Gulf of Mexico. Now reports out of Japan state that fishers have ...

Rare Goblin Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico

Commercial fisher Carl Moore wasn’t sure what he had netted last week just south of Key West, Florida (map), when he saw the fish’s flat, blade-like snout. Only after the Georgia angler photographed and released his catch was ...

Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size

In response to public interest, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed the expansion of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries this week. The main effect of any expansion plans, if approved, would ...

Some Ancient Sloths Ventured Into the Ocean, Study Says

Modern-day sloths are tree dwellers, only occasionally venturing down to the ground. But about five to eight million years ago, five sloth species ventured into the sea. Now, new research suggests that these ancient animals went much further into the ...

Some Ancient Sloths Ventured Into the Ocean, Study Says

Modern-day sloths are tree dwellers, only occasionally venturing down to the ground. But about five to eight million years ago, five sloth species ventured into the sea. Now, new research suggests that these ancient animals went much further into the ...

Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Sanctuary for Manta Rays

One of the world’s largest fishes gets a super-size sanctuary thanks to a decision by the Indonesian government to ban fishing for manta rays within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The move, hailed by conservation organizations and ...

Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Sanctuary for Manta Rays

One of the world’s largest fishes gets a super-size sanctuary thanks to a decision by the Indonesian government to ban fishing for manta rays within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The move, hailed by conservation organizations and ...