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Rare Footage of Ruby Seadragon in Its Natural Habitat

The elusive Ruby Seadragon has never been spotted alive in its natural habitat – until now, that is!

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The Ruby Seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) is a seahorse-like specie of fish that live in different locations off the coast of Western Australia. They live in the deeper waters of the ocean, which is mostly dominated by sponges.

The Ruby Seadragon can grow up to a length of 15cm and its most distinct characteristic is its bright red color and lack of elaborate appendages common to other species. Another less obvious characteristic of the Ruby Seadragon is its curled tail which can’t be found in two other seadragon species.

This is what a Ruby Seadragon looks like. Notice how its appendages are less obvious as compared to other seadragon species?

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Until its discovery in 2015, scientists have thought that there were only two species of seadragon. That makes the Ruby Seadragon the first seadragon to be discovered in 150 years!

Scientists from the Western Australia Museum and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography were able to collect some data on this rare seadragon between 1919 and 2007, but they have only ever seen their corpses and skeletons and never alive.

According to Scripps researcher Greg Rouse:

“We had very good details on where the fish in 2007 had been found, but very little other information to go on.

“We knew it was like finding a needle in a haystack to go and look for this thing.”

So Rouse’s team decided in 2016 to send an unmanned vehicle to scour the are where the Ruby Seadragon may be found. It took them four dives to finally capture a video of the elusive seadragon.

Their video was published on the Scripps Oceanography YouTube channel and it shows two specimens feeding and swimming. This shows us an interesting glimpse into how the Ruby Seadragon lives in its natural habitat.

Watch the video here:

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There Is A Disturbing New Trend In The Animal World Called “Survival Of The Cutest”

Among animals, who dies and who lives now depend whether they’re cute or not.

We've all heard about the Natural Law of Selection which upholds the rule: Survival of the Fittest. This just means that the animals who are stronger and more capable of adapting and that they will survive and evolve. Nowadays, however, scientists are observing a trend, a new order aptly called: "Survival of the Cutest".

As we know, many animal species are already endangered or facing the threats of extinction. While conservation efforts are there, can you recall some animals that we have been successfully protecting so far?

Survival of the Cutest indeed!

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Viral Commercial: Animal Shelter’s Low-Budget Cat Ad Is Purr-fectly Funny!

I absolutely love this ad – like fur real!

With the right amount of creativity, it’s really not impossible for a commercial to go viral online – even if you only have a limited budget to produce it. Take it from Furkids, an animal rescue organization in Atlanta, Georgia, that recently scored a viral hit with a short but genuinely funny cat commercial.

The video stars Paul Preston going around the animal shelter, endorsing the cats to potential owners using the approach of a used car salesman.

Source: Furkids

His ‘marketing pitches’ are absolutely hilarious that even the staff filming the ad couldn’t help but chuckle in the background.

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Study Reveals that Chickens Are Not as Dumb as We Think They Are

Definitely not “bird-brained.”

It's about time we see chickens in a different light.

Chickens might just be as smart as other animals, as revealed by a recent study - a far cry from the intellectually unimpressive fowls that we have perceived them to be. According to research, chickens are able to demonstrate behavior suggestive of a certain level of intelligence. For example, roosters call out to hens and pretend that they found food and lure them into having sex.

Dr. Lori Marino, an animal behavior expert, says that such behavior is a manifestation of "Machiavellian intelligence."

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