Tag Archives: wildlife

We’re Going To Need A Bigger Boat

(Via Towleroad)

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Dolphin Flash Mob

Clip description: Mystery over the SEVEN-MILE long ‘super mega-pod’ of 100,000 dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego. A group of over 100,000 dolphins spotted off the coast of San Diego caused a spectacle for nature watchers as they traveled together in an enormous pack. ‘They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as …

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Endangered Species

Here’s a curious report from Bloomberg News: “Pubic grooming has led to a severe depletion of crab louse populations,” said Ian F. Burgess, a medical entomologist with Insect Research & Development Ltd. in Cambridge, England. “Add to that other aspects of body hair depilation, and you can see an environmental disaster in the making for this species.” Janet Wilson, a …

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National Geographic’s Photo Of 2012

National Geographic has announced the winners in their annual photography contest. The photo above took the grand prize; more are at the link.

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Whale Encounter

Best comment on Reddit: “The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.”

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Caption This

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Great White Steals Fisherman’s Catch

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FLORIDA: Rats As Big As Cats

After a local animal breeder released eight of the creatures into the wild, the Florida Keys are struggling with an small infestation of a non-native rat from Africa. “We thought we had them whipped as of 2009,” said Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We think they have not moved far but they clearly …

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The Winter That Wasn’t, Part II

This year’s non-winter means an early explosion in bug infestations such as ants, termites, and Lyme disease carrying ticks. But worse than that, it may have wreaked havoc upon the honeybees. A mild winter is not great for all bugs, including some highly beneficial insects. Some were up and about when they should have been idle and hibernating, burning less …

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No Homophobia In The Animal Kingdom

From Animals And Homophobia on Slate: Homosexual behavior has been documented in hundreds of animal species, but the same does not hold for gay-bashing. For starters, few animals are exclusively gay. Two female Japanese macaques might have playful sex with each other on Tuesday, then mate with males on Wednesday. Pairs of male elephants sometimes form years-long companionships that include …

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Afternoon View – Turtle Hatchling Crossing

When the sea turtles hatchings burst out their eggs, they are often distracted by car and street lights and lured onto A1A. Coordinating the volunteer effort to guide the babies safely to the sea is Hugh Taylor Birch park ranger (and Ramrod bartender) Mark Foley. (The other and much hotter Mark Foley.)

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Morning View – Watch For Gators

I’m in Fort Lauderdale, where I usually stay with Father Tony over on the beach. But since my ex and his husband have just returned from their five-year exile to Pennsyltucky, I’m spending a couple of days at their condo in a sprawling complex wrapped around an inland golf course. I’m told the above sign serves to remind residents to …

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Seal Uses Cat Door, Sacks Out On Couch

The most unlikely headline I’ve written this year? Probably, but who could resist that punim? New Zealand JMG reader Brenton sends us the cute story.

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The Myth Of Global Warming (Cont)

Scientists say about 20,000 walruses showed up at their Alaskan mating grounds three weeks early this year due to “extreme Arctic sea ice melt caused by climate change.” The northern polar ice cap is at its third-smallest size in recorded history.

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Photo Of The Day

Yup, that’s a Great White. But it’s OK, that one’s totally small.

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The Cat Is An Invasive Species

According to the authors of a first of its kind study on bird mortality, the American housecat is a “non-native, invasive species” responsible for the deaths of 500 million North American birds annually. Nearly 80 percent of the birds were killed by predators, and cats were responsible for 47 percent of those deaths, according to the researchers, from the Smithsonian …

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The Badass Honey Badger

(Tipped by JMG reader Bradley)

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Betty White Meets Koko

Clip description: “Koko, the famous lowland gorilla who can speak to us through the use of American Sign Language, has long been a fan and good friend of Betty White, the renowned actress and animal rights advocate. The Gorilla Foundation is kicking off this ‘Month-of-Love’ by releasing a photo slideshow of some of Koko and Betty’s tender moments together. White …

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Photo Of The Day

A grand piano has mysteriously appeared on a sandbar in the middle of Miami’s Biscayne Bay. It’s been there for a week and no prankster or PR wonk has yet to claim credit. The Coast Guard says they have no plan to remove it and that with the next big storm, the piano will likely join hundreds of boats as …

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Morning View – Bird Thing

Whatever this bird thing is, it’s freekin’ 7AM so shut up shut up SHUT UP.

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