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Crocodile tears
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There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written

Bowhead whales can live for more than 200 years, apparently.
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Survival of the fittest on the cellular level. :coolspecs:
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"By the time they reach the Fallopian tubes, there may be only 20 left."

Are those 20 lucky or skilled?
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Both
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Rob Lister wrote: Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:20 am Are those 20 lucky or skilled?
Genetically superior. :coolspecs:
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Witness wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:59 pm
mercury?
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Rob Lister wrote: Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:16 am
Witness wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:59 pm
mercury?
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Very interesting! One point re. intelligence has been left out: like, for example, most arthropods, octopuses never see their parents; and they are short lived (one to two years for the common octopus we like to eat, three to five for the big ones).

So there can be no learning from the adults as in a lot of mammals and birds, and no long term buildup of experience.

Which makes their smarts even more astonishing and interesting. :)
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Witness wrote: Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:55 am Very interesting! One point re. intelligence has been left out: like, for example, most arthropods, octopuses never see their parents; and they are short lived (one to two years for the common octopus we like to eat, three to five for the big ones).

So there can be no learning from the adults as in a lot of mammals and birds, and no long term buildup of experience.

Which makes their smarts even more astonishing and interesting. :)
Yeah, that's true. The mother octopuses after they lay their eggs don't even eat anymore. They just spend their last days protecting the eggs for as long as they can and then die.

There is a cool documentary on Netflix called My Octopus Teacher about this guy who goes diving every day and he finds and befriends an octopus and documents her life until the end.
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Only the good die young
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Something about behavior in unicellular organisms (somewhat smart without brains):