Research by a British scientist has concluded that the legendary Himalayan yeti may in fact be a sub-species of brown bear. DNA tests on hair samples carried out by Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes found that they matched those from an ancient polar bear. He subjected the hairs to the most advanced tests available. He says the most likely explanation for the myth is that the animal is a hybrid of polar bears and brown bears.
An extremely rare whale known for its saber-like teeth and preference for frigid arctic waters turned up in a pretty unlikely place this week: Venice Beach in California.
A new study shows that marmosets exchange calls in a precisely timed, back-and-forth fashion typical of human conversation, but not found in other primates. The monkeys don’t appear to have a language, but the timing suggests the foundations of our own
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast discovered the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature to shore.
Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH): a new found plan to capture fish alive and even save species not intended for harvest, [i]s an environmental leap in the right direction unearthed from New Zealand.
…. PSF was suggested several years ago by the Nelson Plant and Food Research group; however it took an investment of $52 million by three of New Zealand’s biggest seafood companies and the Government to develop the idea and win the skeptics over.
Under confidential agreement until early February, dozens of people of the Sealord trawler Otakou worked to create the system which has been successfully trailed in commercial volumes. This newly implemented system allows small fish to escape unharmed and bigger fish to be brought on board trawlers alive and in top condition. They can then be sorted with bycatch species released.
Rather than a traditional net, the new method uses a PCV liner that holds water within a tunnel, cutting stress, fatigue, and physical damage to fish in the harvesting process. Allowing small, unwanted fish to escape through the holes in the liner while underwater saves non-mature species and keeps alive those that are caught. “There would be more adequately sized fish in the ocean if they were not being caught accidentally as juveniles” said Barratt. Important for the industry as well, those fish that are caught would be of higher quality, and without blood stains and bruising, he said.
Conservation biologists have long known that fragmenting wilderness can put species at risk of extinction. But it’s been hard to gauge how long it takes for those species to disappear. In Friday’s issue of the journal Science, scientists report that the extinctions have turned out to be distressingly fast.
Researchers in Sweden said Friday they had developed a new medicine to protect bees from diseases that kill entire populations of the insect in the US and Europe.
While above average rainfall in the U.S. this year has increased the number butterflies, the Monarch butterfly population continues to decline. So why are the Monarchs disappearing? The World Wildlife Fund blames climate conditions and agricultural practices, especially the use of pesticides that kill off the Monarchs’ main food source, milkweed.
Like so many other environmental disasters, the number of unnatural dolphin and whale deaths is a lot worse than what we’re being told, and our government agencies’ “help” is far more successful at hiding the gut-wrenching truth than saving cetacean life.
The FDA will accept public comments on this issue until September 23, 2013:
You can also take action through this ANH-USA comment submission portal:
Even though large-scale factory chicken farms are the ones brimming with harmful bacteria, which is a direct result of birds being crammed into tiny cages and left to wallow in their own feces and filth, the FDA is going after family-scale egg producers that allow their birds to roam around in natural sunlight and peck at worms and insects in pasture grasses.
According to the FDA’s recommendation for a final ruling on “safe” hen rearing, all farmers with 3,000 or more birds will need to essentially convert their outdoor areas into indoor areas by surrounding their fields with tall fencing and covering the tops with mesh or solid roofing in order to prevent wild birds, rodents, and other creatures from entering the space. Having open, outdoor spaces for laying hens, according to the FDA, is now considered to be dangerous and a threat to public health, so it will have to be eliminated.
“[A] veterinary committee called by concerned government officials determined the device was neither a bomb nor a spying device.
“Instead, they discovered it was a wildlife tracker used by French scientists to follow the movement of migrating birds, said Ayman Abdallah, the head of Qena veterinary services. Abdallah said the device stopped working when the bird crossed the French border, absolving it of being an avian Mata Hari.
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Millions upon millions of fish are suddenly dying in mass death events all over the world, and nobody seems to know why it is happening
Suzette Laboy | Phys | Aug 11 2013 A dog may be man’s best friend, but dolphins can imitate human actions, and even how they solve problems. A recent study shows that when a dolphin has one of its senses blocked, it can use other senses to mimic a human’s movements. A bottlenose dolphin named Tanner was […]
Bottlenose dolphins are washing up dead in unusually high numbers along the U.S. East Coast this summer—a “very alarming” situation that has experts scrambling to decipher the cause.