Animal world

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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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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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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30 large whales found dead along the coast of Alaska, a cause remains unknown

30 dead large whales have been found since May 2015, along the Western Gulf of Alaska and southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula. Simultaneous increase in the number of large whale strandings in British Columbia, Canada, got the scientists on both ends to start an active investigation. The “Unusual Mortality Event” (UME) for large whales has been declared for the first time on ...

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Striking research shows 99% of the world’s seabirds will ingest plastic waste by 2050

A team of scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Imperial College London has conducted an in-depth study of the impact the plastic ocean debris has on the ocean’s wildlife. The astounding results showed that 99% of seabird population will contain the indigestible plastic pieces in their stomachs by 2050.  It has been long known that plastic debris across ...

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Assessment of New Zealand southern right whale decline

The New Zealand southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) was particularly exploited in the nineteenth century when demand was high for oil extracted from its blubber. They were killed on the high seas and especially in sheltered bays where females were vulnerable while caring for their young calves. The term “right whale” was coined because they were so easy to hunt. Scientists from ...

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Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a “dzud,” International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. “Dzud” is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia in which hot summer drought (resulting in extreme overgrazing) is followed by a severe winter and insufficient hay for winter grazing. This, coupled ...

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