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By Melissa Sterry | Exploring the wonders of the natural world.

Mother Orca Spotted Carrying Dead Calf For 17th Day

“I think it’s really easy to put human emotions on it, but personally I think it’s accurate. I think she is grieving,” a University of Washington scientist says.<p>A grieving orca whose calf died last month just minutes after it was born was seen this week still carrying the tiny whale’s body around …

University of Washington

Hydroelectric Dam Threatens to Wipe Out World's Rarest Ape

Animals<p>A hydroelectric plant and dam, already in the works, could drive the newly identified Tapanuli orangutan to extinction.<p>The world’s rarest great ape, discovered only in 2017, will not survive the building of a $1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant and dam in the middle of its remaining …

Orangutans

Artist Daniel Malva's Natural History Museum Series

<b>Daniel Malva</b> is a Brazilian artist whose work aims to illustrate our inability to see and feel natural world around us, particularly in his …

Museums

How elephants listen... with their feet

The trumpeting of elephants is a magnificent and unforgettable sound to human ears but, beyond the reach of our hearing, elephant communication …

National Parks

Beavers released in Forest of Dean as solution to flooding

Four hundred years after the beaver was hunted to extinction in the UK, two of the mammals have been reintroduced on government land in an English forest as part of a scheme to assess whether they could be a solution to flooding.<p>Two Eurasian beavers were released on Tuesday into their new lodge …

Wildlife

Psychologist proposes whales use song as sonar

Any quick internet search for recordings of humpback whale song returns audio compilations that can receive tens of thousands, if not millions, of …

Whales

Calls for ban on holiday adverts with elephant rides and circuses

A new drive is being launched for a ban on adverts for foreign holidays that involve rides or live shows with elephants.<p>Campaigners and celebrities …

Wildlife

Ancient Roundworms Allegedly Resurrected From Russian Permafrost

The permafrost of Russia’s Siberian heartland has yielded an array of impressive finds in recent years. Last September, a local resident wandering …

Biology

Caspian littoral states agree to start neighbourhood watch for the environment

• Five countries sign Environmental Impact Assessment Protocol<br>• The Caspian Sea is one of the world’s largest hydrocarbon reserves<p><b>20 July 2018 –Moscow</b><b>,</b> …

Russia

Iceland pledges inquest after blue whale scandal

Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir confirmed at last week’s NATO summit that her country would launch an investigation into Iceland’s …

Whales

The Surprising Reason Tiny Lemurs 'Grow' Their Own Gardens

AnimalsWeird & Wild<p>The primates, native to Madagascar, create groves of fruit-bearing plants that benefit them in several ways, a new study says.<p>Tiny primates in Madagascar create accidental "gardens" with their poop, a new study says.<p>Reddish grey mouse lemurs, which live in matriarchal clans of up …

Juvenile squid avoids predators by imitating stinging jellies

December 10, 2014<p>Nanomia siphonophore (left) and juvenile Chiroteuthis calyx squid (right). The animals are about 20 to 30 centimeters (8 to 12 …

How Your Next Camping Trip Could Be Harmful to Birds

With summer vacation at its peak, visitors at national parks aren’t the only happy campers out there. For Steller’s Jays, of these human arrivals …

Marine mammals most at risk from increased Arctic ship traffic

The first comprehensive survey of Arctic marine mammal populations' vulnerability to shipping along two main routes finds which face the most risks …

Congress is chipping away at the Endangered Species Act

A key law protecting endangered wildlife from extinction is at risk. On Dec. 28, 1973, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act, or ESA, …

Chernobyl is Turning Into a Wildlife Preserve for Wolves

The exclusionary zone around the nuclear disaster site is surprising fertile ground for gray wolves.<p>Eerie nuclear disaster site, Chernobyl, has become an unlikely spawning ground for wolves and other wildlife. According to a recent study in the European Journal of Wildlife Research (as reported by …

Gorilla Refuge, Rainforest May Be Opened in Congo Oil Search

The Democratic Republic of Congo is considering whether to open up swathes of two world-famous national parks to oil exploration.<p>A decision to allow …

Oil Exploration

Why Are Murre Eggs So Pointy? New Research Debunks the Prevailing Theory

For centuries, people have marvelled at the brown-flecked shell of a murre’s egg, which can range in color from a creamy white to a vibrant turqoise. …

xeno-canto :: Sharing bird sounds from around the world

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus alboaxillaris) · 'bubbling' call, aggression, call, male, song<p>Gary Allport<p>In February 2016 two Steppe Whimbrels <i>Numenius</i> …

iNaturalist: The Instagram of biology is revolutionising citizen science

Education is conservation’s most powerful tool. We need only to look at the impact of the BBC’s <i>Planet Earth</i> and <i>Blue Planet</i> to see how tapping in to …

Doomed by their beauty, nautiluses could be headed toward extinction

If ever there was a timeless beauty, the nautilus is it. Boasting elegant spiral shells, recognizably nautil-esque mollusks have zipped through the …

Dozens of last blue macaws to be reintroduced to Brazil

About 50 of the last Spix's macaws, the blue parrot made famous in the hit animation movie "Rio," will be reintroduced to the wild in Brazil from …

A Completely New Type of Whale Was Just Discovered

Blue whales are the biggest animals in the world. So how is it that scientists only just discovered 700 of them?<b>They can't exactly hide that well,</b> …

Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away

ADDO, South Africa — Through the narrow slit of the underground hide in front of the water hole, an African morning revealed itself. The sun painted the earth orange. A lion stepped out of the bush and a small herd of perfectly camouflaged kudus, a large antelope-like animal, started and bolted …

DeepCCZ: The Strangers Beneath Us

The Strangers Beneath Us<p>By Dr. Helena Wiklund<br>June 11, 2018<p>Down on the seafloor live stranger, and more, organisms than we can imagine. More often …

New technology leads to the arrest of eight people suspected of trafficking wildlife parts

A multinational search in May resulted in the arrest of eight men, including three government officials, for allegedly smuggling pangolin scales and …

Why Humpback Whale Babies Whisper to Mom

On World Oceans Day, we take a deeper dive into the fascinating world of marine mammals.<p>Whales and dolphins are surprisingly like us. These marine mammals boast remarkable adaptations, complex social behavior, and resounding voices of their own.<p>This World Oceans Day, we’re celebrating some of the …

Why one in five of Britain’s mammal species could soon be extinct

Almost one in five mammal species living in Britain is at risk of extinction in the near future – with red squirrels, wildcats and grey long-eared …

Bumblebees identify flowers by their scent, new research reveals

Far from bumbling from one flower to another, bumblebees actively seek out the flowers they are targeting by identifying the invisible patterns of …