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Will Russia have the heart to release the more than 100 captive cetaceans from its “whale jail”? Cetaceans are classified into two groups – herbivores and carnivores. They breathe air, gives birth, produce milk, and have hair. Herbivore cetaceans include sea cows, manatees, and dugongs of the order Sirenia. Carnivore cetaceans include whales, porpoises, and dolphins. More than 100 whales are held “prisoners” Bordering the Vladivostok City lie the Russian “whale jail” where over 100...

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Can the camera traps protect the Russian snow leopards for the rest of their lives? The population of the Russian snow leopards is fast declining due to non-stop poaching until the World Wildlife Fund established the feline’s conservation in 2015. From then on, the big cats’ number gradually increased. Approximately, 221 to 450 snow leopards are killed every year for trade to compensate for losses in livestock. Threats to snow leopards in Russia During the...

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Climate change is heating up the oceans giving great white sharks the perfect conditions to thrive. Could this perhaps be the reason why these massive ocean predators have taken a detour for finding food and breeding grounds? Great white sharks, also known as the white pointer or white death are usually found in the waters of Australia, California, Coastal East Africa, the Galápagos, Mexico, and Southern Chile. However, there have been reports of sightings of...

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There are approximately 1 to 2 million animal species on Earth. As estimated by scientists, 86% of land creatures and 91% of sea creatures have not yet been discovered. Humans share the world with wildlife. However, the animals’ population is in crisis because of our own misdeeds. First, we damage and destroy their natural habitat. Second, they are being exploited in ways that are unjustifiable such as poaching and trafficking. If these unacceptable practices are...

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In the sea, sharks are on top of the food chain but that perception is no longer the same and is proven by killer whales. In South Africa, False Bay has been the playground and breeding place of seals. This is the main reason why aside from killer whales and sharks, specifically great whites, patrol the area waiting for the sumptuous meals to come to them. Seals are enriched with fat that sharks love to fuel...

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Losing a part of the body such as a limb could be devastating since you cannot grow it back but scientists have discovered a possible way to regrow them the axolotl way. A team of scientists from the University of Kentucky just recently unveiled the most accomplished axolotl genome. They discovered a way to incorporate advanced DNA sequencing with some traditional genetics techniques to develop an updated draft of the axolotl’s genes. The research was published in the journal Genome...

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It was discovered that Liberian bats are spreading the epidemic of Ebola virus in the Western part of Africa. For the past three years, there were no reports of Ebola virus case in Liberia even after the identification of a bat which carry the disease but not associated with any human affliction. West Africa contacted the virus in 2013 that went on for three years. During that period, the hemorrhagic-fever causing Ebola virus killed thousands of people...

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Too much heat caused by global warming has already killed thousands of animals from the Land Down Under. Australia is enduring the maximum temperature of 42°C ever recorded in Perth. It could be 10° above normal, however, it still is 4° off the record. The intensified heatwave caused lakes and rivers to dry up. The warm air and high humidity giving the animals hard time to breathe causing their deaths. Freshwater fishes including bony herring, golden and silver...

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Divers had a great opportunity to swim alongside what could be the biggest shark in the world ever filmed. If you are one of those who are afraid of sharks, great white shark in particular, then you are not alone. Not everyone understands a shark’s behavior. Even marine biologists are misled sometimes. But this group of divers led by Ocean Ramsey must have brought a lot of courage during that unexpected encounter. She and her...

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They are considered as household pests that chew the house down but many are unaware of their important role in the rainforests of Borneo. In Sabah Malaysia, tropical rainforests survive the drought brought about by the unpredictable climate change with the help of termites. According to the research conducted by Louise Amy Ashton and her team, these insects are an understudied class in ecology. Termites bore channels through the forest floor while consuming wood and...