Plants and Animals

100,000 Flying Foxes Are Causing Chaos In A Small Australian Town

Photo credit: Some grey-headed flying fox bats hanging out in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia. Nadezda Zavitaeva/Shutterstock

This is the story of flying fox bats, "waving man" inflatables, and an Australian seaside town.

The quaint town of Batemans Bay in New South Wales, Australia has been swamped with over 100,000 grey-headed flying fox bats. After several months of the town’s new residents, the infuriated locals are now hoping to get rid of their unwelcome guests through a AUS$6.2 million ($4.5 million) action plan, full of bizarre ideas. 

Plants and Animals

Harbor Porpoises Must Eat All The Time To Live

Photo credit: Harbor porpoise near a fish. Fjord & Belt

Harbor porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, live life in the fast lane. Compared to other toothed whales, they mature earlier, reproduce more frequently, and have a shorter lifespan. They also require a lot of energy just to survive. According to new findings published in Current Biology this week, these marine mammals are constantly hunting and eating, day and night. They hunt up to 550 fish an hour with a 90 percent success rate. 

Plants and Animals

Plants Are "Biting" Back With The Same Mineral Found In Human Teeth

Photo credit: The rock nettle Blumenbachia insignis in the Botanical Gardens of Bonn University. M. Weigend/Uni Bonn

Calcium phosphate is the main component of our teeth and bones. And now researchers have found this tough mineral substance in the stinging hairs of South American plants from the rock nettle family. The findings were published in Scientific Reports last week. 

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