The Dolphin is one of the most beautiful and lively marine creatures on this Earth. It sings underneath the Oceans of this world and jump out of the waters to ‘see’ the world we live in. They are graceful, sleek swimmers and can reach speeds of more than 18 miles an hour. They are playful and often frolic in a boat’s wake, leaping out of the water --- mainly for fun but also to communicate and shed pesky parasites.
The story starts in 2016 when the satellite tag for a golden eagle stopped transmitting information about the eagle's whereabouts. This happened in Perthshire, near a grouse moor used for hunting, so suspicions were raised that it may have been killed illegally. Given the history of the golden eagle in Scotland, this is not an idle worry as gamekeepers have often targeted the birds due to their perceived threat to hunting stock.
Seals and sea lions look extremely alike, and to the untrained eye, it can be difficult to differentiate them. The cute animal with flippers that performed at the zoo, balancing a ball on its nose? That’s not a seal; it’s a sea lion. Seals simply do not have muscles on their nose to balance a ball.
Recent research from Cornell University has combined the science of ornithology with artificial intelligence tools to allow researchers to capture bird migration that bird conservationists have always expected to be high. The study, led by scientists at the University of Michigan, examined data from more than 1.5 million birds collected from the U.S. Geological Survey's National Bird Survey between 1978 and 2016.
Have you ever watched any of those wildlife shows on TV where they show two males of a species battling it out to have the right to mate with all the females? The announcer dutifully informs the viewers how this ferocious battle ensures the survival of the species as the strongest male who wins can then pass along his superior genes to future generations.
Whales are amazing creatures which inspire awe, fear and respect due to their sheer size. As marine creatures that reside in either the depths or the poles, humans knew very little about whales over the course of history; many feared or revered them.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has not been kind to the zoo and aquarium community, for it has seen many facilities be forced to either furlough or layoff their staff members. Meanwhile, some facilities have begun to experience some serious financial problems to the point where they were forced to shut down for good. Those facilities are currently struggling to re home their animals at surviving facilities, who would otherwise be euthanized if such facilities were not found.
Recently, I was sent a photo showing a red-bellied woodpecker caught stealing a spotted woodpecker's nest. The male's bright red colour prompts the casual observer to call the bird "Red-headed Woodpecker," but a related, less common species, which actually has a completely red head, has already taken its name. Because the red-bellied woodpecker has so much red on his head People think their name should be "red-headed." The smaller woodpecker behaves similarly, with a yellow-red colour that is often not immediately visible, but the lighter red male causes the birds to be referred to as "red-headed" by casual observers.
Mosquitos are smarter than most people realize.
I hate wasps! They are evil and unnecessary. I turned 25 four days ago and not once had I been stung. It was a blessing, but two days after my 25th birthday, it happened. I was out with a friend the other day. I hadn't seen her in nearly two years, so we finally got around to meeting and decided to go shopping for Asian outfits. We got off the train and were walking down the platform. I felt something fall on my head but thought it was nothing. Then I moved my hair out of my face and that's when I felt it, the excruciating pain shooting through my thumb. Yes, that's right, there was a wasp crawling on my head! It was as though it was stuck in my hair. I have never felt pain like that before. I hate any kind of pain anyway, so this was hell for me.