How whales and dolphins can teach us to be less stupid | openDemocracy

  Upside down dolphins and killer whale or orca. Credit: Flickr/Rumpleteaser. CC BY 2.0. For those tens of millions of us who have been watching the extraordinary ‘Blue Planet II’, the final programme in the series (which looked at the human-caused threats facing the seas) may have come as both a wake-up call and a disappointment. Disappointment, More...

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By Ed Yong On Thursday, December 7th, 2017

This is How Hummingbirds Drink – The Atlantic

When Margaret Rubega first read about how hummingbirds drink, she thought to herself: That can’t possibly be right. Hummingbirds drink nectar using tongues that are so long that, when retracted, they coil More...

By John Wesley Chisholm On Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Roadkill deaths driving some species to the edge – Nova Scotia – CBC News

About 200 animals a year are brought to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for treatment after being struck by vehicles. One was this red fox, which survived. (Murdo Messer/Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation More...

By John Wesley Chisholm On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Pet a dead shark and climb aboard an icebreaker at BIO’s open house – Nova Scotia – CBC News

Aspiring ocean scientists and members of the public will get a rare opportunity to tour Canada’s largest ocean science research centre this weekend. The Bedford Institute of Oceanography only opens its doors More...

By John Wesley Chisholm On Thursday, September 14th, 2017

World Wildlife Fund Report Shows Federal Protection Isn’t Saving Canada’s Animals

ads_sharebox_260x60 An extensive survey of 903 species of Canadian birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians over more than four decades has found that half of them are in serious population decline. Declining More...

By John Wesley Chisholm On Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Ontario Muskrat To Get A Crowdfunded Autopsy

Entry Text BOWMANVILLE, Ont. — An Ontario wildlife rescue centre that collected donations for an extensively injured muskrat says the animal has died but some of the funds raised will pay for More...

By Caley Maclennan On Monday, January 9th, 2017

Bizarre Mariana Trench ‘alien call’ identified | MNN – Mother Nature Network

In July 2015, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lowered a microphone more than 36,000 feet into the Mariana Trench. For the next three weeks, they captured a wide array of More...

By Caley Maclennan On Monday, January 9th, 2017

The Largest Animal That’s Ever Lived | Goodheart’s Extreme Science

In terms of sheer size, nothing on Earth, now or even in the prehistoric past, can match the blue whale. A few dinosaurs may have come close, but so far as we know, the blue whale is the largest creature that’s More...

By Bookmarklet On Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

The World’s Oldest Killer Whale Is Believed Dead

The whale—named J2, though she was affectionally nicknamed Granny—was estimated to be more than 100 years old, BBC News reported. She was the star of a recent BBC documentary that chronicled biologists’ study More...

By Jason Wells On Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Endangered Snow Leopard Quadruplets Were Caught On Camera For The First Time – BuzzFeed News

There are only between 4,080 and 6,590 snow leopards left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Foundation, which announced the footage Wednesday. And their numbers are falling. Found More...