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The highest-ever wave of 19 metres (62.3ft) has been recorded in the North Atlantic. An automated buoy recorded the wave in the ocean between Iceland and the United Kingdom, the World Meteorological Organization said. It was created in the aftermath of a very strong cold front with 43.8 knot (50.4mph) winds on 4 February 2013. Image: WMO The WMO, which released the data, said the previous record was 18.275 metres (59.96ft) in December 2007. That wave was also in the North Atlantic. Image: The wave was captured by a buoy The buoy is part of the UK Met Office's network of...

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Sperm whales are the biggest living things with teeth, and they seem to "talk" to each other. To decipher their messages, scientists are free-diving with them. A decade ago, Fabrice Schnöller was an engineer working on systems for tracking sharks. Then, in 2007, he went on a sailing trip to the island of Mauritius, where something happened that would change the course of his life. As his boat approached the coast, giant towers of steam began exploding out of the water. One by one the columns closed in, until they surrounded the whole boat. Curious as to the source of...

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Scientists say the giant manta ray, known as a gentle leviathan, is in fact a "predator of the deep" preying on fish and other animals. Image: BBC - Giant manta rays can be identified by their spots and blotches The ray, which can grow up to 7m (23ft) across, was thought to feed on tiny floating animals at the surface. New evidence shows much of the ray's diet is made up of food from the deep. The finding raises questions about the future of the giant manta ray, which is listed as a vulnerable species.   According to the International...

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