From spiders that can catapult to safety, to sponges that can sneeze on their own, here are the biometrics that will impress us most in 2022.
Picture or it didn’t happen.inside First recorded instance of fox fishinga team from Spain photographed a red fox (fox) to catch 10 carp in a few hours (SN: 11/5/22, p. 4). This makes foxes only the second canine species—and wolves too—to hunt fish for food.
Flying squirrels, yes, but skydiving salamanders? Native to northwestern California, these bold amphibians can leap and glide between the tops of towering redwood trees. By stretching its front and rear legs like a skydiver, wandering salamanders (wandering bee) Can control and adjust its speed and direction in the air (SN: 6/18/22, p. 12).
Sydneysiders have to fortify themselves in long-running interspecies war Stop cockatoos from rummaging in outdoor trash cans (SN: 10/8/22 & 10/22/22, p. 10). Birds have learned to push bricks off litter box lids with brute force, and sneakers getting caught in the handle of the litter box is a much better deterrent. But these junk thieves may also eventually find a way around the blockade.
spring security spider
Prominent Philoponella prominens males performing death-defying stunts avoid being eaten by a partner after intercourse. The ball loom uses the hydraulic pressure in its leg joints to launch into a safe position at a speed of nearly 90 centimeters per second (SN Online: 4/25/22).
goldfish for a ride
Teach a fish to steer a motorized fish tank and it will go where it wants to go.goldfish learn to drive show that they can navigate outside their natural environment and reach the target (SN: 2/12/22, p. 4). Maybe one day these swimming fish will boldly go where no fish has gone.
Runny, sneezing sea sponge
These creatures take self-care to a new level. Sponges are filter feeders, absorbing water through their pores for nutrition. But when unwanted garbage comes in, sea hare Tube sponge traps particles in mucus, then expels it with a slow motion sneeze (SN: 9/10/22, p. 4). The Caribbean sponge oozes mucus like a runny child. Looks like someone could use a tissue.