After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press
Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.
Dolphins, Like Humans, Recognize Names
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
Bottlenose dolphins can call each other by name when they whistle, making them the only animals besides humans known to recognize such identity information, scientists reported Monday.
Some Vietnam Breeders Regain after Bird Flu Scourge
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Grant McCool, Reuters
Chicken breeders such as Huynh Thi Ba are just starting to break even more than two years into the avian flu epidemic that shattered the livelihood of some Vietnamese poultry farmers.
Hawaiian Waters Grow Crowded With Whales
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandre Da Silva, Associated Press
Greg Kaufman says his whale-watching boat was doing everything by the book: cruising below 13 knots and staying 100 yards from any visible humpback as a crew member scanned the ocean atop a lookout.
Foxes Thrive in Urban Britain
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Leeman, Associated Press
Since the 1930s, when the common red fox -- Vulpes vulpes -- started coming to town, Britons have learned to live with a creature whose country cousins were hunted with hounds until the sport was banned last year.
Biologist Aims to Demystify Wolf and Moose
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press
Rolf Peterson has chronicled with endless fascination the not-so-peaceful coexistence between wolves and moose on Isle Royale, a wilderness national park in Lake Superior whose isolation provides a rare setting for predator and prey to interact with minimal human contact.
Scientists Fear for Nesting Turtles
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press
Endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles emerge on South Padre Island, Texas every spring from the Gulf of Mexico, leaving smeary trails of flipper prints from surf through sand to nests where they lay their eggs.
Eight New Frog Species Discovered in Laos
May 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
Scientists working in Laos say they have discovered eight new species of frogs in the past two years. Among them is one where the male is half the size of the female and another which has a row of spines running down its belly.
Scientists Probe Atlantic, Find New Species of Life
May 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Scientists have found about 10-20 new species of tiny creatures in the depths of the Atlantic in a survey that will gauge whether global warming may harm life in the oceans, an international report said on Thursday.
Zanzibar Dolphin Deaths Puzzle Scientists
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Ali Sultan, Associated Press
Preliminary investigations have failed to yield an explanation of why hundreds of dolphins left their deep offshore habitat, got stranded in shallow waters and later washed up dead on Zanzibar's northern coast, a scientist said.