New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday.

Sea Turtles Returned to Gulf of Mexico
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

Nearly 90 sea turtles rescued after a cold snap left them comatose have been returned to the Gulf of Mexico. Jeff George, curator at Sea Turtle Inc., a nonprofit turtle rescue group on South Padre Island, said 42 of the endangered juvenile green turtles were released Tuesday and 46 on Wednesday.

Milk Thirst Threatens Rare Desert Oasis in Mexico
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Robin Emmott, Reuters

Mexican dairy farming is endangering an ancient oasis in the Great Chihuahuan Desert that scientists say can help them understand earth's beginnings, global warming and the chances of life on Mars.

Rare Loon Deaths in New Hampshire Faze Scientists
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Brian Early, Reuters

Scientists are struggling to explain the rare death of 17 loons in New Hampshire, saying warm weather may have confused the threatened species of bird which typically heads to the ocean for winter.

Israeli Chief Rabbi Issues Fur Edict
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Jews must not wear fur skinned from live animals, Israel's chief rabbi said in a religious ruling on Tuesday. Animal rights campaigners in Israel and abroad say that animals are skinned alive at fur farms in China.

South Africa Finalizes Lion Hunting Laws
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa's environment minister announced long-awaited restrictions on hunting Tuesday, declaring he was sickened by wealthy tourists shooting tame lions from the back of a truck and felling rhinos with a bow and arrow.

River Run-Off Threatens Great Barrier Reef
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Suhell Damouny, Reuters

Satellite images of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show that sediment from river run-off is threatening the reef at a greater rate than previously realised, Australia's peak scientific body said on Wednesday.

Study Shows Yellowstone Air Quality Improves
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Levels of carbon monoxide and certain particulate at the park's west entrance at West Yellowstone, the most popular winter gate, and Old Faithful, the most popular destination, still are "well below" national ambient air-quality standards and the air quality is good, according to a new study.

New Zealand Unlikely to Allow Crippled Japanese Whaler into Its Waters
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

New Zealand is unlikely to allow a crippled Japanese whaling ship to enter its waters if it has to be towed to port for repairs, Conservation Minister Chris Carter said Tuesday. "They do have whale meat on board, it is a vessel that's currently unsafe -- and filled with rather nasty and toxic chemicals," Carter told reporters.

Cheeky Macaques Adapt to Modern Life
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dubbed the world's second most successful primate, the world's twenty species of macaque monkeys are more widespread than any primates except humans, having migrated to Europe and Asia from Africa millions of years ago.

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