“Sea Rabbits”, the new stars of Japan

Rabbits in the sea?!

With their mascara-brush ears and fluffy faces, “sea bunnies” are the cutest little creatures the internet has pulled out of the closet in a while. These small animals, nicknamed for their appearance, are actually sea slugs from the genus Jorunna parva. And their ears are actually rhinophores, sensory antennas that allow these sea creatures to detect chemical particles in the water.

Living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, these slugs have become real celebrities in the Japanese archipelago since photos of several specimens began to spin on Twitter. The Japanese are defeated and so are we!

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It is the most poached mammal on the planet and (almost) no one knows about it.

His name is pangolin. You may have never heard of it, and yet of all the mammals on the planet, it is the most threatened by poaching. This is a species of small anteater, it is an insectivorous, the only scaly mammal in the world, native to Africa and Asia.

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Prized for its meat and scales, which supposedly have medicinal properties, it is regularly found on the black market, selling for up to $1,000 (€920). Interpol estimates that nearly a million copies have been illegally sold over the past ten years. The consequence of this movement: the population is drastically reduced. In fact, two out of four Asian pangolin species are already endangered.
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VIDEO: Heroes save a white shark washed ashore for a day

On Monday, vacationers basking in the Massachusetts sun on Chatham Beach in Cape Cod saved the life of a six-foot juvenile male great white shark. Stuck on the sand, unable to reach the sea, the animal was in a very bad condition. To let him breathe, while waiting for the arrival of the team from the Atlantic White Shark Sanctuary, two men took turns spraying him with seawater. in the bay … safe and sound!

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The Great Capture of Pluto

Over the past few days, astronomers around the world have been in awe of incredible images from within the solar system. On Tuesday, July 14, for the first time in the history of space exploration, the American probe New Horizons flew very close to Pluto and took breathtaking pictures of a dwarf planet located at a distance of more than 4 billion kilometers from Earth.

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The real planet Pluto © NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI

Obviously, such photos of Pluto could only attract the attention of Internet users, who hastened to pay tribute in their own way to this star, which fell out of the rank of a large planet in the solar system in 2006. A flick of Photoshop here and there, and here is Pluto dressed up as an internet meme and abducted in every way imaginable. Here are some notable examples:

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