Wildlife

Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due to High Caribbean Sea Temperatures
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures in the Caribbean Sea were abnormally high and approaching levels that could be disastrous for coral reefs -- many of which suffered unprecedented die-offs last year due to hot waters.

Endangered Manatee Spotted Off R.I.
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An endangered manatee made a rare appearance in Rhode Island waters during the weekend, a state marine biologist said. It was not known whether the manatee is the same one seen earlier this month near Manhattan Island in New York.

Norway Whalers Land Only Half of Quota
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Norwegian whalers harpooned only half their quota of 1,052 minke whales in 2006, prompting hunt opponents to say that Norwegian demand for eating the meat had sunk.

Scientist Says Dolphins are Dim-Wits
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Dolphins may have big brains but a South African-based scientist says lab rats and even goldfish can outwit them. One scientists says the super-sized brains of dolphins, whales and porpoises are a function of being warm-blooded in a cold water environment and not a sign of intelligence.

Whales Strike Out in Collisions with Ships
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Collisions between whales and ships have become a fact of life in areas around Japan's main southwest island of Kyushu as well as the sea that separates South Korea and Kyushu, with about a dozen incidents reported in the past two and a half years.

Israeli Zoo Animals Show Signs of Stress
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Delpine Mathieussent, Associated Press

The baboons got stressed, the lions got fat and zoo officials worry the antelopes might have heart attacks. After 34 days in indoor shelters, many of the animals at the Haifa Zoo got a breath of outdoor air -- if not a taste of freedom -- for the first time on Tuesday.

Blue Whale Ancestor Was No Gentle Giant, Report Claims
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A ferocious-looking fossil with sharp teeth found in Australia shows that ancestors of today's toothless blue whales were not all "gentle giants", a report said on Wednesday.

Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth -- Maybe
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Descendants of extinct mammals like the giant woolly mammoth might one day walk the Earth again. It isn't exactly Jurassic Park, but Japanese researchers are looking at the possibility of using sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives.

Australian Farmers Called to Report Ugly Sheep
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece.

Two Pairs of Panda Twins Born in China
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two more pairs of panda twins have been born at Chinese breeding centers, the latest in a mini-baby boom for the rare, endangered animals, government media reported Sunday.

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