A Massachusetts couple has had to pay a big price quite literally for what they thought was a good deed. The two saved a baby seal last weekend and now face a fine of 5,000 dollars as fine!
For passengers of a Vancouver tour boat, Harbour Cruises, it was a sight to remember when last Friday they witnessed a pod of orca whales cruising into the waters underneath the Lions Gate Bridge.
Marine mammals have a special ability, one that humans can hardly replicate. They can hold their breath for hours inside water appearing on the surface for a brief second to fill up and submerge again. Now scientists say they have finally found the property that allows these mammals to do so.
Even though it is illegal in most countries, shark fin soup can easily cost upwards of $100 per bowl. In some cultures the fin is said to have many health benefits like boosting sexual potency, enhancing skin quality, increasing one’s qi or energy, preventing heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. For this reason the number of sharks who are killed for their fins around the world is staggering.
North Atlantic Right Whales usually give birth in the warm waters of Florida and Georgia, but one mother who missed migration gave birth off the coast Massachusetts. While scientists worried that the baby whale would die in the cold water, against all odds the calf survived and both mother and baby have now been reunited with their pod.
Fin Whales are the second largest animals in the world and yet the least understood. But scientists are now trying out ways to find out more about these sea mammals by using technology used to study earthquakes.gr
While many would not be surprised to find a fish in the belly of a sperm whale, it would be quite shocking to find a child’s plastic toy. But this is exactly what researchers found inside sperm whale bellies, along with many other non-biodegradable plastic pollutants like balloons, mattresses and plastic bags!
The governor of Puerto Rico has signed a new law on April 13th that aims to give additional protection to the world’s largest endangered turtle species, the Leatherback Turtles. The new law will help protect an area known as the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a U.S. nesting site.
It was not a co-passenger Mike Delahunt expected to be sitting in his car. But early Wednesday a seal lion pup made itself comfortable in his vehicle as the stunned driver found the ailing animal on his way to work.
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.
At the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Japan has submitted a proposal for the first time to provide protection to the rare Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle. The turtle is found only in three islands of the Okinawa group.