Science news this week: A giant alligator and a wobbly asteroid | Albiseyler

composite image showing a huge alligator with its mouth being held open and an asteroid

This week in science news, we wonder why an asteroid is behaving in unusual ways, tackle a giant alligator and discover a mysterious bamboo that only blooms once a century.

At least in terms of size, the biggest news this week was the news of alligator weighing 920 lbs and measures 30 feet in length. The monster was caught during Florida’s annual statewide alligator harvest program to help keep the population under control. On the other side of the size spectrum, we learned about the tiny ones turtle larvae, which use their telescoping anuses to build shields out of shed skin and poo. Beautiful.

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