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Members of the earthworm stampede committee finally agree on a date to go rampaging through city streets.

“Earthworms form herds and make “group decisions”, scientists have discovered.

The earthworms use touch to communicate and influence each other’s behaviour, according to research published in the journal Ethology.

By doing so the worms collectively decide to travel in the same direction as part of a single herd.

The striking behaviour, found in the earthworm Eisenia fetida, is the first time that any type of worm, or annelid, has been shown to form active herds.”

read more here: BBC – Earth News – Earthworms form herds and make “group decisions”.

Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines – Yahoo! News

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press Writer Jim Gomez, Associated Press Writer Wed Apr 7, 8:37 am ET

MANILA, Philippines Researchers have concluded that a giant, golden-spotted monitor lizard discovered in the forested mountains of the Philippines six years ago is a new species, according to a study released Wednesday.

via Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines – Yahoo! News.

Mysterious Whale Die-Off Is Largest on Record | LiveScience

Mass death among baby right whales has experts scrambling to figure out the puzzle behind the largest great whale die-off on record.

Observers have found 308 dead whales in the waters around Peninsula Valdes along Argentina's Patagonian Coast since 2005. Almost 90 percent of those deaths represent whale calves less than 3 months old, and the calf deaths make up almost a third of all right whale calf sightings in the last five years.

“This is the single largest die-off event in terms of numbers and in relation to population size and geographic range,” said Marcela Uhart, a medical veterinarian with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She represents an associate director in Latin America for the WCS Global Health Program.

via Mysterious Whale Die-Off Is Largest on Record | LiveScience.