Animal world

30 large whales found dead along the coast of Alaska, a cause remains unknown

30 dead large whales have been found since May 2015, along the Western Gulf of Alaska and southern shoreline of the Alaska Peninsula. Simultaneous increase in the number of large whale strandings in British Columbia, Canada, got the scientists on both ends to start an a

August 22, 2015

Biodiversity research in Hawai'i shows the Earth is facing it's 'sixth mass extinction'

The extinction crisis in Hawai'i, which has even been labeled as the "extinction capital of the world" has been the research focus of the international team of scientists from the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) of the University of Hawai'i

August 12, 2015

Low tide strands 16 pilot whales on the coast of Cape Breton: 10 saved, 6 others die

16 pilot whales got stranded on a shore in Cape Breton, Canada by a low tide, on Tuesday, August 4. Rescuers managed to save 10 of them, by pushing them into deeper water, while the other 6 died.20 people put their efforts into saving whales of different sizes, includin

August 07, 2015

Northern White Rhino on the brink of extinction: Nabire, the last fertile female dies of the cyst rupture

A 31 year old female of Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), one of the last five of these species, died of a ruptured cyst at the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic on Monday, July 27, BBC reports.Nabiré was born the Dvur Kralove Zoo, November

August 01, 2015

Sharks discovered living inside underwater volcano

Ocean engineer Brennan Phillips led a team to the remote Solomon Islands in search of hydrothermal activity. They found plenty of activity—including sharks in a submarine volcano. The main peak of the volcano, called Kavachi, was not erupting during their expediti

July 10, 2015

Catastrophic California drought causing infestation wave of rodents looking for water

As California's climate fades to desert, rats are coming out of their hiding places in search of water. They are coming out to parks to steal water from dog bowls and attacking horse troughs in desperate need of something to drink. They are finding new ways into hom

May 04, 2015

Carcass of whale species feared to be extinct found on Western Australia beach

The carcass of Omura's whale, extremely rare species of whale that was feared to be extinct, was found washed up in Exmouth, Western Australia following Tropical Cyclone "Olwyn" which tore through the area last month.The 5.68 m juvenile female whale was id

April 15, 2015

New study reveals widespread risk of infectious diseases to wild bees

Researchers have discovered a network of viruses, which were previously associated with managed honeybees, may now pose a widespread risk to bumblebees in the wild, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology.The study revealed multiple int

March 04, 2015

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna increasing

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxic substance are to blame. Mercury is a toxic trace metal th

February 05, 2015

Patterns that led to collapse of wildlife populations on land now occurring in oceans

University of Santa Barbara researchers reviewed the past, present and future of marine animal life in a new study titled „Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean". Consortium of scientists, found that the same patterns that led to the collapse o

January 22, 2015

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can't figure out what's going on. Reports indicate that in some areas of Washington State, for instance, upwards of 80 percent of the sea star population has vanishe

August 15, 2014

Experts sound alarm over an apes extinction threat

Infrastructure development and extraction of natural resources have devastated the prime habitat of apes and pushed chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons closer to extinction. The accelerated and unsustainable exploitation of the earth's primar

June 28, 2014

Over 21 000 birds killed by storms on French coast since the end of January

According to the French national Bird Protection League (LPO), more than 21 000 sea birds have died since the end of January on France's Atlantic coast due to storms in the worst "slaughter" in a century.  A total of 21 341 dead

February 28, 2014

Low oxygen levels likely cause of mass fish die-off in Nevada, USA

Wildlife officials are trying to figure out the cause for mass die-off of fish in manmade lake Sparks Marina along U.S. Interstate 80 east of Reno. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said that over the past month, an estimated 100 000 trout,

January 18, 2014

West African lion on the verge of extinction

A new study published in PLOS One journal last week warns that a dramatic decline of West African lions has placed them on the verge of extinction. Study authors call for urgent intervention to save them. The lion (Panthera leo) was the most

January 15, 2014

Dolphins granted personhood by government of India

Dolphins have been granted "non-human personhood" status by the government of India, making India the first nation in the world to recognize the unique intelligence and self-awareness of the cetacean order (a class of aquatic mammals). The

August 09, 2013

Military sonars change feeding behavior in whales

New studies show that military sonar can change the behavior of whales, causing them to avoid their usual feeding spots. Whales and other marine mammals rely on their hearing for orientation and communication. Manmade sound waves can drown out the noises

July 27, 2013

The great North American locust plague

Locusts are grasshoppers with some rather unique abilities. Overcrowding triggers their instinct to literally transform themselves.They change their color from green to brown, get more muscular, eat more, mate more and congregate in crowds. After their

July 11, 2013

Giant snails potentially carrying meningitis make their way into Texas

Giant snails appear to be invading Texas, according to new reports, and some health experts worry that the unusual creatures might begin spreading a disease that could be deadly to humans. As reported by NBC News, a Houston woman recently discovered what is

May 19, 2013

Why worms surface after rain?

After every rain, the soil is full of surfacing earthworms. It was thought that they surfaced for the fear of drowning in the burrows. But, earthworms do not drown. They can survive in water for several days, new research has found.Unlike humans, earthworms require

April 16, 2013

California sea lion stranding crisis escalates to 'epic proportions'

The mass stranding of sea lions at Californian shores doesn't seem stopping anytime soon and condition has deteriorated even more. The stranding(s) spiked in January and have intensified in recent weeks, the numbers have already surpassed total number of an average

April 07, 2013

Californian shores witness mysterious mass stranding of sea lion pups

A worrying large number of dehydrated and emaciated sea lions are washing ashore Central and Southern Californian coastline from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Hundreds of these sick sea lion have been admitted to rescue centers so far and rescue groups are reporting

March 18, 2013

Thousands of dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego, US

Thousands of dolphins were spotted on February 14, 2013 off the coast of San Diego, a boat captain told NBC 7 San Diego. Capt. Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises said he saw a “super mega-pod” of common dolphins while he was on his daily tour. According to him the

February 16, 2013