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The Mystery of the Sabertoothed Salmon

Image Credit: Jacob Biewer, Sankey et al., 2015

The charisma of enormous, slashing teeth is undeniable. Despite the fact that there are a myriad of fascinating prehistoric carnivores, the big mammals that the documentaries, big-budget films and kid’s shows seem to come back to are the sabre-toothed carnivores. Massive slashing teeth are actually a trait that has popped up a lot over the course of the Earth’s history, with at least three different groups of cat or cat-like mammal evolving them as a hunting mechanism. As well as a fish.

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The Pink Salmon

NINA researcheer Annette Taugbøl with a female pink salmon, caught electrofishing in northern Norway

NINA researcheer Annette Taugbøl with a female pink salmon, caught electrofishing in northern Norway (Photo Credit: Jon Museth, NINA-Lillehammer, CC BY-SA 4.0, Image Cropped)

Guest post by Odd Terje Sandlund

Today we focus on invaders from Russia. And whilst in the Trumpian era those words may sound horrifying, fear not (unless you’re a fish). In today’s guest post by NINA researcher Odd Terje Sandlund, we look at the pink salmon, a species that has arrived from Russia in the last 2 decades and is now making its way into Norwegian coastal waters.

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