Wildlife

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Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand's Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. On Saturday, February 11, a new pod of 240 whales stranded on the beach, bringing the total number to 656 and making this the second-largest...

February 10, 2017

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82 false killer whales dead after stranding in Florida Everglades

95 false killer whales, large members of the dolphin family, have stranded along Hog Key in the Florida Everglades this weekend. Attempts were made to try and herd the animals back out into deeper water but 82 have died and 13 are unaccounted for. To date, it is the...

January 18, 2017

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Stellar sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands threatened by extinction

The number of Stellar sea lions, Alaska's endangered population, continues to decline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the recently conducted survey revealed the number of sea lions across Alaska is increasing, however,...

December 10, 2016

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Military probes mysterious Arctic seafloor pinging sound, Canada

Following an official request by the Government of Nunavut, the Canadian Armed Forces conducted an aerial investigation into mysterious pinging sound, also described as a "hum" and "beep," coming from the seafloor in Fury and Hecla Strait, a...

November 05, 2016

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Alarming decline in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years

A new study published today in the Cell Press journal Current Biology shows a catastrophic decline in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years. Researchers demonstrated alarming losses comprising a tenth of global wilderness since the 1990s, with the...

September 08, 2016

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Widespread decline of amphibians requires prompt local conservation actions

A new research conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) team of scientists indicates the worldwide severe decrease in the number of amphibian population cannot be stopped or reversed abruptly, and the key solution to this global phenomenon will lie in local...

May 24, 2016

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Tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Tons of various species of dead fish washed ashore along the central coast of Vietnam over the last couple of days. The fish bodies show signs of poisoning and an investigation is being carried out to investigate the issue. The local authorities claim such an...

April 29, 2016

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More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are...

April 15, 2016

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Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a "dzud," International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. "Dzud" is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia...

March 21, 2016

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Assessment of New Zealand southern right whale decline

The New Zealand southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) was particularly exploited in the nineteenth century when demand was high for oil extracted from its blubber. They were killed on the high seas and especially in sheltered bays where females were vulnerable...

March 17, 2016

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The formation of Zanzibar, East Africa

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of York have conducted the first comprehensive study concerning the formation of Zanzibar Island in East Africa. Researchers charted the history of sea level change, and the extinction of various animals,...

February 24, 2016

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Large sea creatures washed ashore on the south coast, UK

Stormy weather battering the UK over the last couple of days caused tens of thousands of dead starfish and jellyfish to wash ashore along the coastlines in West Sussex and Hampshire. One of the stranded species, a barrel jellyfish, was about 50 cm (19.7 inches) in...

January 11, 2016

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Lake Poopo on the verge of drying out, Bolivia

Lake Poopo, the second largest lake in Bolivia, after Titicaca has almost dried up. The event prompted Victor Hugo Vasquez, the Governor of Oruro province to declare a state of natural disaster on December 19, 2015. The lake which used to extend over more than 4 610...

December 22, 2015

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Rare natural phenomenon - floral bloom in Atacama desert

Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, came to life after an unusual episode of heavy flooding swept Chile in March 2015. The desert, located in northern Chile, is currently undergoing a very rare flower bloom, which happens only once in 5 or even 10...

October 30, 2015

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Striking research shows 99% of the world's seabirds will ingest plastic waste by 2050

A team of scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Imperial College London has conducted an in-depth study of the impact the plastic ocean debris has on the ocean's wildlife. The astounding results showed that 99% of s

September 02, 2015

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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

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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