Wildlife

Researchers define a new ocean-life zone, name it the Rariphotic

Smithsonian scientists have recently defined a new ocean-life zone, comprising of reef fishes, including numerous new species, that live well below shallow coral reefs. The new zone was named Rariphotic. The new zone was defined based on the unique fish fauna observed from a manned submersible on a southern Caribbean reef system in Curaçao, between 130 and 309 meters (about ...

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New study reveals widespread risk of infectious diseases to wild bees

Researchers have discovered a network of viruses, which were previously associated with managed honeybees, may now pose a widespread risk to bumblebees in the wild, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The study revealed multiple interconnected diseases that are threatening several species of bumblebee and the managed honeybee, which are essential pollinators of many ...

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Carcass of whale species feared to be extinct found on Western Australia beach

The carcass of Omura’s whale, extremely rare species of whale that was feared to be extinct, was found washed up in Exmouth, Western Australia following Tropical Cyclone “Olwyn” which tore through the area last month. The 5.68 m juvenile female whale was identified by the Department of Parks and Wildlife using DNA profiling. Western Australia Environment Minister Albert Jacob said this ...

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Global supply chains cause extinction of many species

Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in developed world according to research made by University of Sydney. The study mapped the world economy to trace the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee, cocoa, and lumber. Years of data collection and thousands of hours on a supercomputer to process, lead to these global supply chains ...

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Sharks discovered living inside underwater volcano

Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips led a team to the remote Solomon Islands in search of hydrothermal activity. They found plenty of activity—including sharks in a submarine volcano. The main peak of the volcano, called Kavachi, was not erupting during their expedition, so they were able to drop instruments, including a deep-sea camera, into the crater. The footage revealed hammerheads and ...

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Africa’s savannas are changing into forests

Recent changes in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are forcing the African savannas to change into forests. Researchers believe that by the end of this century large swathes of land that was once savanna could have transformed into forest. The study hypothesized that fertilisation by atmospheric carbon dioxide is forcing the change. The switch will take place at a different ...

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Nabire, the last fertile female dies of the cyst rupture

A 31 year old female of Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), one of the last five of these species, died of a ruptured cyst at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday, July 27, BBC reports. Nabiré was born the Dvur Kralove Zoo, November 15, 1983. Her health was severely impaired with uterine cysts, which is ...

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10 saved, 6 others die

16 pilot whales got stranded on a shore in Cape Breton, Canada by a low tide, on Tuesday, August 4. Rescuers managed to save 10 of them, by pushing them into deeper water, while the other 6 died. 20 people put their efforts into saving whales of different sizes, including about a meter long baby and up to 3.5 meters long adults: “There were ...

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Stinky red seaweed invades New England beaches in US

An awful odor of a foreign invasive red seaweed is smelling from Long Island Sound to the southern Gulf of Maine, US. A red seaweed originating from Japan is invading New England beaches. Scientists fear the seaweed could harm the coastal ecosystem by growing over native seaweed, starving it of light and nutrients and damaging a habitat and food source for many marine ...

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