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Shoebills reach up to 5 feet in height and they are formidable ambush predators, standing still in swamps before lunging forward to swallow their prey whole with their giant bills.
Disturbing footage shows the moment a single orca chased down a great white shark and killed it, then swam away with the shark's liver in its jaws.
Unlike other sea spiders that carry their eggs on their backs, male giant antarctic sea spiders spend two days gluing their eggs to the seafloor.
A shark instantly killed a stranded pygmy sperm whale on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula, where officials had warned about increased shark activity.
Photographs taken off Maui, Hawaii, show the first documented case of a male humpback whale sexually penetrating another male, with the latter appearing injured and covered in parasites.
Climate change appears to be causing North Atlantic right whales to get smaller, and it's making them have fewer babies.
Holes in the seafloor off the coast of Germany looked like those associated with methane. They might actually be the work of porpoises looking for eels.
Many animals have a good sense of smell, but can they smell chemical signals that indicate a person is fearful?
The Mary River turtle has adapted to life underwater after splitting from all other living turtle lineages more than 18 million years ago.
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