Talking With Dolphins

What Did You Say?

National Geographic
Head trainer Teri Turner Bolton looks out at two young adult male dolphins, Hector and Han, whose beaks, or rostra, are poking above the water as they eagerly await a command. The bottlenose dolphins at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS), a resort and research institution on an island off the coast of Honduras, are old pros at dolphin performance art. They’ve been trained to corkscrew through the air on command, skate backward across the surface of the water while standing upright on their tails, and wave their pectoral fins at the tourists who arrive several times a week on cruise ships.

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Angels All Around

Don’t Be Afraid

The word “angel” can be traced back to the Greek word “anglos,” which means “messenger” in Hebrew. Angels can take many forms, usually appearing as human or a glowing light or aura, and you can run into angels in the strangest places – like in a Black Bear Diner, for instance. Often—especially in cases of averted tragedy or disaster—angels will not be seen at all, but instead recognized by their actions. If something good, unexpected, and seemingly inexplicable happens, it’s often assumed to be the result of angelic intervention. [Pareidolia: Seeing Faces in Unusual Places]

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Rhinos Own The Night

Moonlit Transformation Revealed

While black rhinos of the African plains are known to be dangerous and curmudgeonly beasts, researchers have discovered that they become gentle and social in the dark of night. Until now scientists have only been able to study black rhino behavior during the daytime, when the animals rarely tolerate company and can react aggressively to any who disturb them, including the occasional research vehicle.

However, filming with new high definition night vision cameras has revealed large midnight gatherings of these characteristically grumpy animals for the first time and shown the highly endangered rhinos at their most intimate.

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