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This Tiny Fish Can Recognize Itself In a Mirror. Is It Self-Aware?

Animals<p>The cleaner wrasse joins humans, chimpanzees, dolphins, and a select few other animals that can pass a long-standing intelligence test.<p>It’s almost automatic—if you notice a smudge when you look in the mirror, you wipe it off. Seems simple, but only a few particularly clever species such as …

Fish

This Country Just Killed Yet Another Super Rare Whale

Only six of them have ever been found in the world 😱<p>In July, Icelandic whalers shocked the world when they harpooned and killed an incredibly rare …

Whaling

Jewels in the Night Sea: Luminous Plankton Captured in the Dark Waters off the South Coast of Japan | Colossal

<p>Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series</i> …

Jewels

America's Waterways Have a Huge Problem With Contact Lenses

All those tiny discs add up.<p>Every day, 45 million Americans stuff slivers of flexible plastic into their eyes, hoping to look less like nerds. While …

How Jellyfish Rule the Seas Without a Brain

AnimalsWeird Animal Question of the Week<p>They have no brain and are mostly water, yet jellies have plenty of superpowers.<p>When we think of dangerous animals, a bag of water without a brain may not seem like it should be on the list. But if ocean bathers hear “jellyfish!” they’ll stand at attention …

Jellyfish

That Grieving Mother Orca Is Still Carrying Her Dead Calf, And Scientists Are Getting Worried

Her grief could end up being deadly.<p>A grieving orca was spotted off the coast of Washington state Thursday, carrying her stillborn calf through the …

Man Spends 40 Years Planting a Tree on Barren Island Every Day, Now It’s a Giant Forest

In 1979, Jadav Payeng—a then-16-year-old resident of Assam, India—made a startling discovery: several dead snakes scattered along the sandy banks of the Brahmaputra River's Majuli Island. Having been displaced by flooding, the creatures were then killed due to the island's lack of shade.<p>This …

Study warns plastics could be shrinking penises

There are lots of reasons not to use plastic – but this one might come as a shock.<p>Chemicals in everyday items, from household cleaners to food …

What Will Make Us Care Enough to Save Endangered Species?

MagazineYear of the Bird<p>A photographer and a scientist hope that evocative photos will ignite a passion for protecting threatened animals.<p>Consider the shoebill, whose photo opens this article. It’s a one-of-a-kind species on the verge of extinction—exactly the type targeted for protection by the …

Endangered Species

Family Finds Wild Hermit Crab On Beach In The Saddest 'Shell'

"We took him back to the boat and presented him with our shell collection to find a more suitable home before returning him back to the beach."<p>When …

Orca mother keeps her dead calf afloat for two days in extraordinary display of grief

Her calf is dead but an orca mother has been spotted in a heartbreaking exhibition of maternal care - or grief - gently trying to keep her offspring afloat.<p>As the carcass sinks in the water she has been gently using her forehead to prop it out of the water and nudge it onwards in choppy seas for …

The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple

Future of Food<p>Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.<p>In this excerpt of <i>Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats</i>, author Maryn McKenna chronicles the …

America's horrifying new plan for animals: highspeed slaughterhouses | Scott David

There is still time to stop an imminent program that would allow facilities to increase slaughter speeds, while reducing the number of trained government inspectors<p>If you care about animal welfare or food safety, this news will concern you: the nationwide expansion of a risky US Department of …

Agriculture

The dirty industry of fast fashion is causing an environmental “emergency”

The $2.5 trillion fashion industry is one of the largest users of water globally (pdf), according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), noting that producing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water—”the amount a person drinks in 2.5 years.” The agency also estimates …

Ten rivers, 90 percent of plastic

At last count, there were at least 8.3 billion tons of plastic in the world. Much of it gets discarded and eventually ends up in our oceans. …

The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction

Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?<p>There was almost something biblical about the scene of devastation that lay before Richard Kock as he stood in the wilderness of the Kazakhstan steppe. Dotted across the …

Kazakhstan

Cuttlefish, Masters of Camouflage, Have Newly Discovered Super Power

Cuttlefish – the cephalopods known for their stunning ability to instantly change color and texture to blend into surroundings – have another, newly …

Palm oil is destroying the planet and killing animals – and it’s in almost everything

Have you ever heard of palm oil?<p>If not, you’re guaranteed to have tried it – because it’s used in almost everything you eat, drink and use.<p>For …

Orcas can imitate human speech, research reveals

High-pitched, eerie and yet distinct, the sound of a voice calling the name “Amy” is unmistakable. But this isn’t a human cry – it’s the voice of a killer whale called Wikie.<p>New research reveals that orcas are able to imitate human speech, in some cases at the first attempt, saying words such as …

Killer Whales

12 Bizarre Events From The World Which Prove That We’ve Done Some Serious Damage To The Planet

<b>For decades, we have been told that climate is changing and this change will cause serious irreversible damage to the Earth's ecosystem.</b> But it seems …

Great Barrier Reef

Vaquita porpoise facing extinction after £3m rescue plan abandoned

Only hope for world’s most endangered marine mammal now rests with bid to stop illegal fishing<p>A last-ditch attempt to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita, by taking them into human care has been abandoned. The chances that this rare species of porpoise will become extinct …

MPs refuse to recognise that animals feel pain or emotion in Brexit bill vote

MPs have voted to reject the inclusion of animal sentience – the admission that animals feel emotion and pain – into the EU Withdrawal Bill.<p>The move …

Activism

Many Sharks Live a Century—Longer Than Thought

Weird & Wild<p>Radioactivity from nuclear bombs has helped reveal lengthy lifespans, a new analysis says.<p>We humans go to great lengths to appear younger than we are. Sharks, it seems, do it naturally.<p>About a decade ago, studies began to hint that many sharks have longer lifespans than previously …

Bands

The 'Most Famous Wolf in the World' Lived Hard—and Died Tragically

Book Talk<p>This alpha female dominated the wolves of Yellowstone. But outside the national park, she was vulnerable.<p>In 2012, “the most famous wolf in the world” was shot by a trophy hunter outside the sanctuary of Yellowstone National Park. She was known as ’06, and her death caused an international …

National Parks

The Chinese 'miracle' elixir that threatens donkeys around the world

Chinese demand for donkey gelatine is hammering the Chinese and African donkey populations, putting the price of donkeys out of reach for subsistence farmers<p>It was a bout of period pain that led to Liu Yanan’s first taste of donkey gelatine. The 13-year-old was visiting family in Beijing when her …

The eco guide to sanitary products

Menstrual pads are hard to talk about, and also an eco disaster on our beaches – but we need to change our ways<p>This column nearly didn’t happen. When a manufacturer of eco friendly menstrual pads bounded up to me and asked me brightly in public: “Are you a flusher or a binner?” I stared at her in …

Stunning Photos Show the Alaska Refuge Under Threat

Opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling has been a contentious debate for decades. See what's at stake.<p>When Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was established in the 1960s, the U.S. government had several goals in mind—chief among them protecting the region's unique …

Fatal extraction: how demand for hippos’ teeth is threatening them with extinction

The black market’s insatiable demand for ivory has turned poachers’ attention away from well-protected elephants to more vulnerable hippos<p>It seems almost incomprehensible that the desire for an ivory ornament or piece of jewellery justifies the slaughter of a majestic elephant, but as their …

Walruses face 'death sentence' as Trump administration fails to list them as endangered

Fish and Wildlife Service decides Pacific walrus may be able to adapt to loss of sea ice and is unlikely to be seen as endangered ‘in the foreseeable future’<p>The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered after deciding that the huge tusked mammals may be able to …

The world’s 17 most critically endangered animals

World Animal Day is celebrated every year on October 4 and highlights the issue of protecting and saving the world’s most endangered species.<p>The aim …