Animals

Caribbean Monk Seal Declared Extinct

June 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

An Endangered Sea Dragon is Pregnant. That's the good news. The bad news is we are saying good-bye to the Caribbean monk seal. Also known as the West Indian monk seal, sadly The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) declared it extinct. Gone. No more. The cause? Tremendous hunting pressure for food, blubber and research. Research as in how ...

Endangered Sea Dragon Pregnant

June 17, 2008 / No Comments

Happy Father's Day to a weedy sea dragon at the Georgia Aquarium. Apparently, the sea dragon, along with sea horses and pipe fish are the only species where the male carries the eggs. And, a Georgia Aquarium sea dragon has about 70 fertilized eggs that he is carrying. It's only the third time ever that one of these rare birds, um, ...

Top 12 Hotspots for Whale Watching

June 16, 2008 / 18 Comments

Image by Michae Dawes What can be more fun than reading Finding Nemo or Moby Dick? How about actually finding and interacting with them, up close and personal. Watching animals in their natural habitat is a tremendous experience be it for recreational purposes, scientific or educational reasons and our recommendation for this month is whale watching. Here are our 12 ...

When Monkeys Go Fishing

June 13, 2008 / No Comments

There's a saying, "give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, feed him for life". What do they say when monkeys learn how to fish? And, don't they say things like when cows fly or pigs play the piano? In Bangkok, the long-tailed macaque monkey can grab fruit from trees or bananaz from tourists, ...

Extinct White Dolphin Spotted in China

June 13, 2008 / 3 Comments

Six years ago scientists from China, Japan, Britain, and the United States all but determined that the white dolphin, also known as baiji, which makes it home in the Yangtze river, was extinct. Rcently, a white dolphin cub (70-80cms long) with a long tooth filled snout was sighted in the Anhui province. The bad thing however is that it was ...

Unicorn Deer, Bred in Italy

June 12, 2008 / No Comments

So much for the mythical unicorn, being extinct and all. A unicorn-looking deer was born in captivity in Italy. Breeders are saying the deer has a genetic flaw because his twin has two horns. Um, isn't it possible the twin has a genetic flaw and the Roe Deer is the real deal? Some think this kind of anomaly among deer is ...

The Donald and His $2B Golf Course

June 11, 2008 / 1 Comment

The Donald as they like to call Donald Trump wants to create a $2 billion playground golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, home of golf. He got environmentalists and one very stubborn farmer, to stand in his way. Trump wants to bring his New York style development plans to an environmentally sensitive stretch of coastline, a legally protected site of scientific interest ...

Animal Rights, even for Bees?

June 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

Apparently this guy didn't read my instructions on how not to get rid of bees. Some knucklehead, in his 40s maybe, fell 85 feet off a cliff and landed in a bee hive. Talk about crashing a party, or dropping in unexpectedly. The bees didn't take to the invasion. They used him for a pin cushion. The swarm was strong enough to knock him ...

Two Headed Animals – When Two Heads are Not Better than One

June 10, 2008 / 4 Comments

We say, or at least some people say, that two heads are better than one. The Japanese say "sannin yoreba monchuu no chie" which roughly translates to three heads being better than one. But, not always. In China's Hunan province a gecko has been found with a head on each of its body. The little fellow was found wandering to and fro, ...

Indiana Jones and Friends Join World Bank to Save the Tigers

June 10, 2008 / No Comments

Harrison Ford (aka Indiana Jones), Bo Derek and Robert Duvall have recently joined forces with the World Bank to save the the tigers from extinction. A century ago there were at least 100,000 tigers. Studies revealed that there are currently less than 4,000. Though the World Bank is more likely to support poverty and developing countries rather than wildlife projects they ...