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Why Humpback Whales Protect Other Animals From Killer Whales

Why Humpback Whales Protect Other Animals From Killer Whales
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-08-12


A humpback whale was seen interfering with this orca's attack on a crabeater seal in Antarctica, one of hundreds of incidents where humpbacks seem to protect other animals from orcas.In May 2012, researchers observed a pod of killer whales attacking a gray whale and its calf in Monterey Bay, California. After a struggle, the calf was killed. What happened next defies easy explanation.Two humpback...(Read More)

Island Sea Lions Offer Clues to Mysteriously Missing Mammals

Island Sea Lions Offer Clues to Mysteriously Missing Mammals
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-08-12


Southern sea lions on the Falkland Islands.Just off the southernmost tip of South America, a cluster of small islands presents a huge puzzle for marine mammal experts.The Falkland Islands, isolated in the far reaches of the southwest Atlantic Ocean, once boasted one of the world’s largest populations of southern sea lions. Now, they have one of the smallest. Hunting is the main reason for historical...(Read More)

Southern African Countries Are Trying—Again—to Legalize Elephant Ivory Sales

Southern African Countries Are Trying—Again—to Legalize Elephant Ivory Sales
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-08-12


Elephants roam Etosha National Park in Namibia, one of two countries that wants to revive the ivory trade.Today is World Elephant Day, but for elephants in southern Africa, it isn't necessarily good news: Pressure is mounting across the continent to lift the ban on the sale of ivory.Twenty-seven years after Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi set fire to 13 tons of ivory, igniting the world in favor...(Read More)

Dead Cubs, Illegal Baiting Lead to Bear Hunt Suspension

Dead Cubs, Illegal Baiting Lead to Bear Hunt Suspension
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-07-02


Florida's black bears are at the heart of a debate about wildness in the current era.In the age of the Anthropocene, is it really possible, long-term, to sustain growing numbers of human beings and wildlife predators on landscapes already crowded—and likely to be left literally shrunken in decades ahead by climate change?The experiment is now playing out across the peninsula of Florida, the third...(Read More)

Antarctica Could Lose Most of Its Penguins to Climate Change

Antarctica Could Lose Most of Its Penguins to Climate Change
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-07-02


Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) have survived in Antarctica for nearly 45,000 years, adapting to glacial expansions and sea ice fluctuations driven by millennia of climatic changes. The penguins remained resilient through these changes, but new research from the University of Delaware suggests that unique 21st-century climates may pose an existential threat to many of the colonies on...(Read More)

Shark Gives Rare

Shark Gives Rare 'Virgin Birth' to Three Pups
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-07-02


The zebra or leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) is among the species that has now been observed giving "virgin birth."As Ian Malcolm famously said, "life finds a way."Aquarium keepers in Australia realized that this week, after a captive zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) gave birth to three pups—without having had any contact with a male for years. (Zebra sharks are often...(Read More)

One Expert’s Better Way to Save Elephants

One Expert’s Better Way to Save Elephants
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-06-21


This elephant, photographed in 2013 in Tanzania's Mikumi National Park, may since have been killed for his tusks. Benson Kibonde, former warden of neighboring Selous Game Reserve, urges stronger protection for living elephants.Accompanying Kenya’s widely-publicized ivory bonfire last April were announcements that the country’s wildlife service was moving toward “intelligence-based conservation,”...(Read More)

Jaguar Paraded at Olympic Torch Ceremony Shot Dead

Jaguar Paraded at Olympic Torch Ceremony Shot Dead
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-06-21


This jaguar, known as Juma, was used in an Olympic torch ceremony in Manaus, Brazil, June 20. In the 1900 Olympic games, live pigeon shooting was an official event. In 2014, authorities around Sochi, Russia, were criticized for rounding up stray dogs. And now, a jaguar from the Amazon was killed after it was featured in a torch ceremony for this summer's games in Brazil.The jaguar was shot Monday...(Read More)

How Does This Shark Town Cope With Its Summer Visitors?

How Does This Shark Town Cope With Its Summer Visitors?
Written by Maurice Bassey on 2016-06-16


Gray seals have been increasing in number along Cape Cod, attracting great white sharks.Seven years ago, this was just another sleepy seaside town. After weathering long winters, vacationers from throughout New England packed its beaches every summer.But over Labor Day weekend of 2009, some visitors arrived that would change this Cape Cod town forever: Great white sharks.That weekend, marine biologist...(Read More)





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