Wildlife

Whale Shark Finds New Friends in Indian Fishermen
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters

A few weeks ago, the crew of an Indian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea thought they had the biggest catch of their lives.

Big Crab Catch Sparks Overfishing Worries
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

San Francisco's quintessential meal is fresh Dungeness crab, a glass of chardonnay and sourdough bread. But now, local crab fishermen and connoisseurs worry that one of the city's most beloved delicacies is in trouble, a victim of too many boats pulling up too many crabs all at once.

Sharks Can Detect Magnetic Fields and Other Stories
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Sharks on migration swim arrow-straight lines across featureless ocean basins. How they navigate over such great distances has been a mystery. Now experiments by scientists at the University of Hawaii demonstrate that sharks are able to detect magnetic field changes, supporting theories that the predators can map their location by deciphering differences in Earth's magnetic field lines.

Thai Zoo To Be Charged over Illegal Orangutan
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The owners of a Bangkok amusement park will be charged with importing endangered animals illegally after DNA tests confirmed a group of orangutan had not been born in Thailand, forestry police said on Thursday.

Rincon Indian Tribe Donates San Diego-Area Casino Land for Endangered Toad
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - James May, Indian Country Today

It is not often that stories that involve the construction of a tribal casino and involvement by the federal and county governments actually have a happy and easy ending, but that was the case recently near the Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

Rampaging Elephants a Headache in South Africa
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Gershwin Wanneburg, Reuters

There are no easy answers when it comes to keeping the world's largest land mammal in check.

Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive in Florida
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thirteen endangered whooping cranes landed safely at a west-central Florida wildlife refuge Sunday morning, finishing a 64-day, 1,200-mile journey from Wisconsin to their wintering grounds.

Wildlife Conservation Team Begins Survey of Irrawaddy Dolphins in Myanmar, Report Says
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A wildlife team led by a U.S. expert has begun an annual survey of endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Myanmar's main river, a count that last year showed just 50 of the animals still living there, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Bush OKs Ruling That May Endanger Species
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration said Friday it will allow developers to complete construction and other projects even after belated discoveries that the work could endanger protected species.

Chesapeake Bay Researchers Growing Blue Crabs in the Lab in Hopes of Restoring the Industry
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

More than 1,600 wriggling blue crabs, so young that their shells are still soft and see-through, are taken from gurgling tanks and dropped one at a time into coolers filled with nets. Minutes later, they are loaded onto trucks, driven to two tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and dropped into the water.

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