There are many misleading animal myths out there (case in point: “blind as a bat”) — but did you know that some are actually based in truth? For instance, “crocodile tears” are kind of a real thing.
To separate animal facts from fiction, I visited the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California and spoke with cofounders Paul Hahn and David Riherd. They helped me sort through nine interesting animal truths and myths that every science nerd should know.
Count them down with me in the video above and/or click the link below to read a transcript of the interview. Do you have any cool facts or funny myths to add to the list? Leave them at the bottom of the page in the comments section. Come on, talk nerdy to me!
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Palestinian fisherman have been left mystified after hundreds of bloodied Mobula Ray fish were found washed up on a Gaza beach.
Around 220 of the fish appeared on the Gaza City beach yesterday, the Times of Israel has reported.
It is thought to be the first time in five years that fishermen are catching the ray fish in waters off Gaza.
The sea creatures were promptly carted off to market where one fisherman said they could fetch up to $1.50 per kilo.
The fish, which are from the same family as Manta rays can reach a width of up to 17ft.
The fisherman definitely made use of what they considered Goodluck. Arseholes.
WASHED ASHORE: A police officer looked at rays that washed up on a beach in the Gaza Strip Wednesday.