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Ant balls not an urban myth
In addition to all of the other horrors befalling New Orleanians during the flood was the creepy discovery that red ants form themselves into floating clusters to avoid drowning. As Dante Ramos and I paddled along Carrollton Avenue on Wednesday, I saw two glittering, golf ball-sized masses of ants floating beside our canoe.
Originally posted by DarkHelmet
Whoa.. I so totally expected something else after reading the title.
On a serious note though, that is pretty cool. Didn't know the Ants did that.
Originally posted by Sth Hemisphere
Is it true some animals know when danger is coming way before humans can ?
Scientists discover swimming ants
North Queensland scientists have discovered a new type of ant, believed to be the only species that can live, swim and navigate under water.
The team from Townsville's James Cook University is receiving international recognition for its discovery of polyrhachis sokolova.
The ants nest in submerged mangroves and survive by hiding in air pockets and then swimming to the surface.
"I was actually working with a film crew working on insects in the mangroves and they wanted to film one of these ants and I said, 'Well, lets put it on a rock in a puddle of water and that'll stop it going away and then you'll be able to film it,' and the ant promptly just leapt off the edge of the rock and swam across the water and disappeared.
"We were sort of dumbfounded."