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Whale Talk & Ant Farms

Whales of the same species sing in different dialects, depending on where they're from, the same way humans who speak the same language have different accents that identify where they live. Ants are even more amazing: They not only farm their own food, their bodies produce pesticides to protect their crops.

The journal BioScience reports that blue whales from Pacific Northwest sound different than blue whales in the western Pacific Ocean, and both of these sound different from blue whales living off Antarctica. They all sound different than the blue whales living near Chile.

Ants tend and harvest gardens of fungus underground. This has been going on for so long that this fungus is present nowhere else on Earth, and can now only be found in these ant "farms." The ants, bacteria, fungus and parasites have been evolving together for tens of millions of years.

The ants have a secret weapon against the parasites that invade their crops: antibiotic-producing bacteria that the insects harbor in pockets on their bodies.

Art credit: gimp-savvy.com

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