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Do dragonflies mean safe drinking water?

The Question: Someone recently told our young son that if you see a dragonfly near water (such as a pond), then it is safe for humans to drink the water. Is this true? Submitted by: Jean, Minnesota, USA (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Short Answer:¬† Dragonflies are indictors of water quality, but […]

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What is this long, skinny insect?

The Question: I found this on my driveway. It doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen. It was about 7.5 cm (3 in.) long. What is it? Submitted by: Debbie, Manitoba, Canada (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Short Answer: Debbie, this is a water scorpion, almost certainly the brown water scorpion (Ranatra […]

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Osprey struggling to get off the water

This is beautiful slow-motion footage from the BBC of an osprey trying to lift off with a heavy fish. ¬†Unfortunately, the narration repeats an old myth that an osprey’s talons lock and can’t be released and therefore a strong and heavy fish can pull an osprey underwater and drown it. Osprey can definitely release fish […]

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Why did these coyotes attack?

The Question: Why did coyotes attack me and my dogs? Submitted by: Jessie, Arizona, USA (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Longer Question from Jessie: “I live in central Arizona, and was out walking my three dogs on a rarely used trail at approximately 8:30 a.m. Part of the trail passed by a […]

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Can animals evolve to be shape-shifters?

The Question: Hello, I can’t believe I’m even asking you this, but can an animal evolve shape-shifting abilities or is it completely fantasy? Submitted by: Alexander, England (click on photos and graphics to expand) The Short Answer: Interesting question, Alexander, and thinking about this question just a couple days after Halloween seems appropriate. My first […]

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