Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friday Roundup: Wildlife News From this Week

Maybe I should re-title these posts as Saturday roundups. 

Twenty-tons of rat poison to help finally rid the Galapagos Islands of invasive creatures. Native hawks and iguanas temporarily relocated. What could go wrong?

Cuttlefish vs. Octopus. Two masters of camouflage in a death-feast.

Speaking of killing octopi. A couple weeks ago I wrote about how the killing of a Pacific Giant Octopus sparked outrage among the diving community. Looks like they're trying to make sure it doesn't happen again.

White humpback whale spotted. Not quite Moby Dick, but still. Incredible video.

We're going to need a bigger boat. Keep track of White Sharks.

Porpoises back in San Francisco Bay after 65 years.

Rare Right Whales cruising South Carolina coast.

Ya can't cage a wild thing. They get bored. Zoos may not be much better. A quote that resonated, "Rather than raising awareness, zoos might be hindering us from recognising the reality. We humans are not the Ark; we are the flood"

Goldfish invasion in Colorado. When I was young, I once released a pet goldfish into a nearby lake. I thought I was doing it a favor. A bass ate it in three seconds. These goldfish have been luckier, until now.

Is this the world's rarest snake? 18-100 St. Lucia Racers remain.

Can we identify snakes by the skins they leave behind?

Too ugly to conserve? You would think people wouldn't eat them.

Drones used to protect wildlife. They don't drop bombs on poachers, yet.

So much left to learn. Surprise! That sea snake is actually two different species.

On that note, here's a new species of lion. In a zoo.

In honor of Thanksgiving. It's easy to forget that the turkey is a wild animal. Don't, their natural history is fascinating.

Wolves are reclaiming Germany.

Grasslands are important and unique habitats for wildlife. An attempt to reclaim them in Australia.

Grizzly bears don't just live in the cold mountains. There are still a few that live in the desert.

But, that said, some are roaming into Polar Bear habitat. And this means we will be seeing more Grolar Bears.

Some animals are hard to find. How can you figure out if a particular species is in a particular area? Catch some leeches and analyze the DNA in the blood they've been feeding on.

I'm still not sure what Tumbler is. But here are some field notes on biology and culture, exploring disease, ecology, and wildlife.

Incredible photographs of owls in flight.

It's too late for Lonesome George. But maybe not too late for his species after all. Could it be that sailors that meant to eat giant tortoises hundreds of years ago have inadvertently saved a species?

The best camera trap photos of 2012. These wildlife photographs are amazing, you have to check them out. Here are the winners and here are the editors' choices. Which is your favorite?

At least one Nile Crocodile is cruising through Florida.

Remember the Spotted Owl? It just received some more habitat.

The Museum of Natural History in New York was a frequent destination when I was growing up. One of the signature displays was and is a life-sized replica of a Blue Whale. Here is the surprising story of how it came to be. In two parts.

One of the rarest fish in the world is not doing well. A very similar species is thriving. What do we lose if we mix them up? Conservation, ecology, taxonomy and philosophy collide.

Bonus points for anyone that can tell me what is wrong with this article about obtaining a sanctuary for Blanding's Turtles.

Did you miss this week's guest post about Alligator Snapping Turtles? Join the conversation.

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