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PacSci-Doku: “Mouse Dracula”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

What animal are mice attacking to drink its blood?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

O  A  a  S  s  B  L  R  T

PacSci-Doku: "Mouse Dracula"

The Puzzle

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

The Answer
PacSci-Doku: "Mouse Dracula"

The Solution

The question in this edition is:

What animal are mice attacking to drink its blood?

The answer: Albatross

Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean is the location of the bloody deed. Mice, an invasive species, which lived peacefully with its victim for the past 75 years, are now attacking the albatrosses that nest on the atoll. Scientists think the most likely reason for these gruesome attacks is the recent drought on the atoll. The birds’ blood provides a source of liquid for the thirsty mice. See the results of these attacks and learn more about how scientists discovered the cause.

 

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