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Umbrella octopus, also known as Dumbo octopus.
Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopus that live in the deep sea. All species of Grimpoteuthis are bathyal creatures, living at extreme depths of 3,000 to 4,000 metres. They have been found worldwide in the waters of New Zealand, Australia, Monterrey Bay, Oregon, Philippines, Martha’s Vineyard, Papua New Guinea and Azores. The largest Dumbo octopus ever recorded was 1.8 metres in length and weighed 5.9 kilograms. The average size for most species is 20–30 centimetres in length.

Joint Strike Fighter make 100th flight by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

On March 7, 2011, the first F-35B Joint Strike
Fighter test aircraft (BF-1) completed its 100th flight with BAE test
pilot Peter Wilson at the controls. BF-1 flew in short take-off,
vertical landing (STOVL) mode to continue expansion of the STOVL flight
envelope to demonstrate design durability and in preparation for
shipboard testing scheduled for later this year. The F-35B is the first
JSF variant with two aircraft completing 100 flights and will be the
first stealth fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps and is undergoing test
and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin.

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Did you know: The voice actor who portrayed Bambi in the Walt Disney Animated feature of the same name, Was a Marine!? Are you surprised?!

NPR has a great story over there! Let us know what you think!

Link: http://n.pr/1KDFlLw

F-35B takes its 100th flight by United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

On March 7, 2011, the first F-35B Joint Strike
Fighter test aircraft (BF-1) completed its 100th flight with BAE test
pilot Peter Wilson at the controls. BF-1 flew in short take-off,
vertical landing (STOVL) mode to continue expansion of the STOVL flight
envelope to demonstrate design durability and in preparation for
shipboard testing scheduled for later this year. The F-35B is the first
JSF variant with two aircraft completing 100 flights and will be the
first stealth fighter for the U.S. Marine Corps and is undergoing test
and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin.

(via iflscience.com, Photo: Lori Mazzuca, Marine Mammal Biologist at US Navy SPAWAR Systems Centre Pacific)

Dolphins Riding Whales Off The Coast Of Hawaii

[Visit iflscience.com to see a video of the above whale and dolphin playing.]

It’s long been understood that dolphins and whales are incredibly intelligent, playful creatures. They regularly interact playfully with humans, and they’ve been seen doing the same with other species too. However it’s become apparent that all along the coast of Hawaii, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales have formed a special kind of bond.

The initial image that sparked interest in the friendship was captured by Lori Mazzuca in Hawaii and posted on the Facebook page The Whale and Dolphin People Project. Mazzuca explained that she observed the dolphin and whale, shown above, seemingly playing with each other – the dolphin testing how long it could stay balanced on the humpback whale’s head as it swam along. A powerful swimmer, the dolphin would eventually slide down the whale’s back, tail-first before maneuvering its way back on top for another ride.

Mazzuca also coauthoured a paper studying the behaviors between the pair, suggesting “play by the whale and social play by the dolphin seem to be the most plausible explanations for the interaction.

More pictures of these two aquatic mammals having fun in the sun together began to surface all along the coasts of Hawaii’s islands, showing that the event seen wasn’t in isolation.

It would appear that we are beginning to notice more and more interspecies relationships in the wild, with animals not just assisting each other for mutually beneficial reasons – like baboons and impala in Africa who help to alert each other to danger, but creatures simply enjoying each other’s company.

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