From stranded dolphins to thieving whales, here are some wild ocean tales from this week!

From stranded dolphins to thieving whales, here are some wild ocean tales from this week!

Bottlenose dolphin.  (Xinhua/Wang Song/IANS)

Bottlenose dolphin.

(Xinhua/Wang Song/IANS)

When we look at the sea from a distance, all we see is a calm expanse of water, which makes it easy for us to forget that our oceans are vibrant with life. To say that what goes on beneath their inky surfaces is wild would be an understatement, to say the least.

Today, we bring you the latest notable stories from the marine world that will make your eyebrows rise in surprise.

Dolphin Delinquents: Jerky Jocks of the Sea?

Although dolphins look adorable frolicking in aquariums, these cuties may have a little dark side.

A recent study showed that some groups of bottlenose bullies have been harassing manatee calves! These gentle giants are no match for the acrobatic jerks, who have been documented poking, shocking, and even biting poor little manatees. Scientists are still trying to figure out why these dolphins act like complete flippers, but one theory is that they're just bored teenagers messing around.

Whatever the reason, it's a stark reminder that even the most beautiful creatures can have a bad streak.

Very scandalous! Whale calves were caught stealing milk

Picture this: You're a mother whale, swimming with your fins to feed your precious little ball of fat, and suddenly, another fat cheek is stuck to your udder. It's not your baby, it's a random calf with a twinkle in its eye and a bottomless stomach.

Researchers in Australia have just discovered that southern right whale babies feed entirely on milk, secretly taking snacks from mothers who aren't even their own. This chewing of milk, called “sucking,” is not previously heard of in land mammals such as deer or giraffes, but is new to ocean giants.

A nasty octopus has been found hanging out near hydrothermal vents in Costa Rica

The depths of the ocean are full of surprises, and scientists have just found four new species of octopus in the dark waters off the coast of Costa Rica.

Two expeditions in June and December 2023 focused on an underwater mountain known as Dorado Outcrop, home to a previously discovered hydrothermal vent nursery for octopuses. This opening provides a warm environment for incubating mothers to incubate their eggs. One newly identified species, called Dorado Octopus, is thought to have been specially adapted to take advantage of the warmth of its vent to incubate eggs.

Interestingly, the researchers found that octopus nurseries are active throughout the year, suggesting a consistent reproductive cycle in these deep-sea environments. This is an important discovery, as much about the deep ocean is still unknown, and understanding the reproductive patterns of these hidden creatures is crucial to conservation efforts.

So there you have it, people! Three bizarre myths that prove the ocean is a never-ending source of wonder and wonder. So keep your eyes open, because the deep blue hue has a lot of surprises in store!

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