Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fish Mix-Up Complicates Conservation Efforts

"By John Simpson ScienceNOW Daily News 26 February 2007
A case of mistaken identity may be bad news for a prized game fish. A new study that describes a striking resemblance between the roundscale spearfish and the white marlin could mean that the marlin--already a threatened species--might be closer to extinction than previously estimated...."

Fish Mix-Up Complicates Conservation Efforts

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Colossal Squid Caught off Antarctica

February 22, 2007—In Antarctica's Ross Sea, a fishing boat has caught what is likely the world's biggest known colossal squid (yes, that's the species' name), New Zealand officials announced today. Heavier than even giant squid, colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) have eyes as wide as dinner plates and sharp hooks on some of their suckers. The new specimen weighs in at an estimated 990 pounds (450 kilograms).

Friday, February 23, 2007

Monkeys hug it out after separation

"We all do it: Give friends and family a peck on the cheek, a quick hug, or maybe even a nose rub to say hello. It's a way of assuring each other that we have no hostile intent, anthropologists say. Now, primatologists report that spider monkeys embrace intensely after a period of separation for exactly the same reason..."

hmm wonder if anyone spotted this for our local macques

Bright Nights Dim Survival Chances of wildlife

At a conference here yesterday, researchers reported that even low levels of light from incandescent, fluorescent, or other humanmade sources can befuddle creatures that require a period of nighttime darkness. The findings add to the evidence that artificial lighting is interfering with the development, reproduction, and survival of species across the taxonomic spectrum.

New hagfish caught in hydrothermal vent

" Scientists have caught a new species of hagfish by sucking it out of a hydrothermal vent using a slurp gun.

Peter Moller of the University of Copenhagen and Joe Jones of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute caught the new species at a hydrothermal vent on the East Pacific Rise about 2200m/7218 ft below the surface...."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

'Bad' bird behaviour

Woodpecker's car break in attempt, Thrush thrashing & Elusive singing bulbuls

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Effects of Antarctic Warming

More disturbing news about the warming

Monday, February 12, 2007

Survival Of The Cutest

Haha funny title

Harnessing bats for reforestation?

"Bats can be lured into large areas of destroyed rainforest with fake fruits, researchers have found. This, they say, could be the key to restoring patchy parts of the landscape."

Amazing!! -Kevin