The Antarctic blue whale is the largest creature in the world; it is also one of the most difficult animals to track. In fact, researchers have had such a hard time successfully tracking their activity that very little is known about how the animal feeds and migrates.
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Cathy Givans is a wife, a mother of five littles and a freelance writer. She nursed all five of her children and is an advocate for breastfeeding rights and benefits. She has made her own cloth diapers and enjoys reading to her children when she has free time. Cathy and her family are learning how to live green and changed to a vegetarian lifestyle about a year ago. They are currently working on moving into a complete vegan lifestyle.
Since probably the dawn of time, humans have hunted animals for “useful” parts. Their meat, eaten. Their skins, used for blankets, clothing and even shelter. Their bones, at one time, were used to make useful items like utensils.
Scotland has their feared but beloved Loch Ness monster. The Pacific Northwest has Bigfoot. Lake Tahoe now has its own “monster.” If not dealt with, these “monsters” could destroy the lake’s entire ecosystem.
Earlier this month, the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) responded on a mass dolphin stranding at Two Peoples Bay Nature on Western Australia’s south coast. After assessing the situation, DEC decided it would be best to give the 100-150 spotted dolphins a chance to get out on their own.
Scientists have long theorized that salmon use magnetism to find their way home, but there’s never been any evidence to prove this theory true – until now. According to scientists from Oregon State University in Corvallis, their recent study confirms that salmon really are using the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate their way home to spawn each year.
Great white sharks are probably one of the most feared animals in the sea, especially by humans. But these fearsome predators, featured in the classic movie, “Jaws,” are in some serious trouble according to some local conservation groups. After conducting a series of scientific studies, the conservation groups determined that only about 350 great whites now exist off the California and Baja Mexico coasts.
When the peak whale season hits between the months of January and March, boaters are more likely to spot whales just off the shores. Unfortunately, they may not spot them at all; this sometimes causes what is known as a “whale strike” in which the boat and the whale collide.
If you’ve ever wondered how an owl can contort its head into some of the most uncomfortable looking positions, you’re not alone; scientists and animal experts have wondered the same thing or years. Recently, they had an opportunity to find answers to this mysterious question through dissection and analysis of several owls that had died from natural causes.
Only a handful of countries have made rocket launches into space – Iran, the United States, China, the Soviet Union, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and Israel. So far, only three have managed to send humans into space – the Soviet Union, the United States and China.
While zoos do serve as an attraction for tourists, there are some zoos and organizations take pride themselves on being able to encourage re-population of endangered species in the wild. The private Kent zoo, in collaboration with the John Aspinall Foundation, is just one of them.
While most reports of critically endangered species continue to break the hearts of wildlife and nature enthusiasts, there is one critically endangered species in Sulawesi making a comeback! Black macaques, otherwise known as the ‘gorilla of Indonesia,’ are reportedly showing signs of recovery after experiencing a decline so devastating that experts thought they would disappear.
In the Gowanus Canal, which runs a mile and a half through a narrow industrial zone near some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, a seven foot dolphin swam last week. It is thought that he came from the canal from the Atlantic Ocean through the Lower and Upper New York Bays and then Gowanus Bay, which leads to the canal – about 20 miles away from the open ocean.