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Why would a seal be flinging an octopus around above the water and then slapping a kayaker with it?

Sea Lions and Fur Seals are known to eat octopus, but they're a bit difficult for them to eat as is. They're one of many creatures that fling food out of the ocean to tenderise, stun, kill, or rip ...
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What is wrong with the rabbit living under my shed?

The fact that you've never seen it eat doesn't mean it's not eating. That just means it doesn't eat while you're watching. Don't feed it. It's not a pet. It's a wild animal and will take care of ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

Several years ago, I helped two men move a large turtle about 1,000 feet to a stream. They had been driving by and saw the turtle on the road, and saw me in my driveway. I got a hand-truck and a ...
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Which animals would kill porcupines?

What animals can kill a porcupine? Porcupines are covered with quills that painfully stick into almost any predator that tries to attack them. For this reason, porcupines do not have to fear being ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I've actually driven up to a very large (more than 1 foot across) snapping turtle. While it may not be the answer you want, you simply don't. Things I've tried: This is based on actual experience. ...
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How would a sea turtle end up on its back?

There are a few possibilities: Other Turtles This site about pet turtles mentions the possibility that turtles fighting over a mate (or actually mating) may end up on their backs. When breeding ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

I know this question has been protected, but since I was invited in a comment to post an answer, especially about things that we shouldn't do, I'm going to add this. There is some great, as well as ...
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Will a coyote attack my dog on a leash while I'm on a hiking trail?

Has this happened sure, Traps have been set out after an elderly woman was walking her small, mixed-breed dog on a leash around 10 a.m. on Saturday on Avenida Majorca and a coyote began attacking the ...
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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there

Purely speculative hypothesis: Worms are coldblooded, which means they depend on temperatures above freezing for their metabolism to function. They survive the winter by burrowing down below the ...
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Why are these turkeys circling a dead cat?

It looks like a combination of checking out a potential predator and following a leader. Turkeys, he says, are naturally fearful of cats, which can be a threat to younger, smaller birds. So it’s ...
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How can I tell if a opossum is truly dead?

How to tell if an opossum is truly dead? The only safe thing you can do is wait. Commonly after an hour, the ears of the Opossum start to move slightly. This is your indicator to know that it's an ...
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Frogs in pond attacking one reddish coloured frog?

What you witnessed was almost certainly mating. As this article from TheScientist explains, “Explosive breeding” is a common reproductive strategy among frog species. Males congregate near sources of ...
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Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there

When checking to find out what kind of earthworm we might be discussing, I found sources listing anywhere from 100 to over 6,000 species. That wasn't very helpful so I'll just skip it and assume you ...
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How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?

The best way would be to get a thick stick of suitable length and let the snapper bite it. He likely will be stubborn enough to hang on while you drag him where you want him to go. When he is there, ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a bee in my yard is being raised in a hive (domestic), or if it's wild (feral)?

I actually had to research backyard beehives not long ago because our Peace Officer discovered someone in town who had hive on their property, and our land use bylaw didn't allow it. I found out that ...
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Which types of animals would peel bark off this tree?

That was definitely a beaver. Nothing else has quite the chewing power of a beaver, for example accoring to Wikipedia, these trees were cut by beavers in a single night. Based on the color of those ...
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What animal could strip all the bark off the lower 7 feet of this tree?

I originally thought a porcupine did this (see my other answer), but after seeing your new photos and a closer look at the original ones I now have a different theory. Your tree was first infested by ...
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Is there a reason for seeing a lot of roadkill badgers in the spring?

Its a combination of the male badgers out looking for mates, Springtime is the most perilous time for wild animals, says Whelan. “A lot of male badgers are killed in spring because they’re out ...
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When should I report a potentially injured-looking animal to authorities in a large, monitored, wildlife area?

In a National Park, unless the animal was harmed by a human, it seems like the park service isn't going to do anything. “The rule of thumb is that if human activity causes an animal to become ...
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What is wrong with the rabbit living under my shed?

Rabbits are crepuscular coprophages. That means they're most active at dawn and dusk so they're most likely to be eating their fresh greens when you're probably not looking because it's dark and when ...
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Butterfly Migration over Lassen Peak

I just spoke with a park ranger at Lassen Volcanic National Park. I was told that the huge group of California Tortoiseshell butterflies, Nymphalis californica, spend time at the summit pretty much ...
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Will a live clam on the beach have a better chance of staying healthy if I put it in the water?

I assume you mean the little clams you get on the beach (Part of the Bivalvia group?) rather than bigger beasts like razors, scallops, mussels, or oysters. You could plop it in a pool of water, it ...
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What is wrong with the rabbit living under my shed?

The rabbit doesn't look like it's going hungry, so it's probably just not interested in what you're giving it. Rabbits favor grasses and leafy plants, so if you insist on feeding it, try something ...
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How do you keep rodents out of your vehicle when it's parked at the trailhead?

Stop coating your wires with peanut butter! In all seriousness though, squirrels can and will eat wires. However this is a very unlikely occurrence, as noted by ShemSeger in comments. I have known ...
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How would a dragonfly get to above 13,400 ft (4000m)?

I am not an expert, but this caught my attention. The image appears to be of a common green darner(Anax junius) which is one of 16 North American dragonflies known to migrate Dragon flies are known to ...
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Precautions when walking through area of crocodiles

Crocodiles like water so if you stay away from water you will avoid them entirely. However that also rules out many wonderful destinations to hike. If you are around waters with crocs Avoid ...
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How would a sea turtle end up on its back?

In addition to the reasons given in @John Hughes answer, Predators may be another cause. This SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment page on the longevity and causes of death of sea turtles lists tiger ...
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How would you protect yourself from Rocky Mountain Goats?

The article you linked to seems to indicate that this is not something you need to worry about very much. Rare and tragic events... ...potentially the first fatal attack by a mountain goat ever ...
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Do jellyfish actively avoid swimmers in Mediterranean?

Jellyfish, while mobile, are not capable of much evasion. They can steer their bodies, but they are limited in their ability to get out of the way of a faster organism - which is why the majority rely ...
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