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The Cotylorhiza Tuberculata, also known as the Fried Egg Jellyfish* (or the Mediterranean Jelly) is commonly found in warmer waters, such as the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, and the Adriatic Sea.  They are normally 17cm (~6.7in) in diameter, but can sometimes reach 50cm.  Fried Egg Jellies feed on zooplankton and reproduce asexually.  Unlike most jellies, Fried Egg Jellies can swim on their own, without relying on the current for movement.  Also, these jellies have such a mild sting that it causes very little, if any, pain to humans, which is a good thing for me!  If I ever saw one of these jellies, I’d definitely try and pet one!

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*Not to be confused with the Phacellphora Camtschatica, which is also sometimes called the Fried Egg Jellyfish, but is more commonly known as the Egg Yolk Jellyfish.

Wolves Have 21 Distinct Howling ‘Dialects’

Researchers have for the first time translated the different howling dialects of wolves. A new study from the University of Cambridge suggests that the animals’ “accents” or “vocal fingerprints” largely depend on breed and location.

A total of 21 howl types were identified based on pitch and fluctuation and then assigned to specific subspecies of wolf, as well as jackals and domestic dogs. For example, the howling repertoire of the timber wolf is heavy with low, flat howls, while the critically endangered red wolf has a high, looping howl. Researchers believe their findings may help conservationists protect certain subspecies, and even shed light on the earliest evolution of human language.

“Wolves may not be close to us taxonomically, but ecologically their behavior in a social structure is remarkably close to that of humans. That’s why we domesticated dogs – they are very similar to us,” lead researcher Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, from Cambridge’s Department of Zoology, said a news release.

Their study was recently published in the journal Behavioural Processes

Researchers have identified several different dialects of wolves, coyotes and dogs.  (Photo : Flickr: Fool4myCanon)