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Biologists in New Zealand find rare species of sunfish

Biologists in New Zealand find rare species of sunfish

A team of marine biologists have discovered a rare species of sunfish that managed to evade discovery for as many as three centuries by hiding in a very messy history of sunfish taxonomy.

The marine biologists have named the new species specimen, a two-ton creature, Hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) due to its elusiveness.

Images of Deformed Lamb Born in South Africa Go Viral

Images of Deformed Lamb Born in South Africa Go Viral

Images of a deformed lamb born in South Africa have gone viral and local authorities have confirmed that the images circulating on internet are real. Many people have termed the images as a strange creature which looks like ‘half human and half lamb’. However, veterinary experts have confirmed that virus infection could be the reason behind deformed lamb. The lamb has some similarity to human baby and people in local community blamed it on witchcraft. The images were shared by a farmer from Lady Frere in Eastern Province, South Africa.

Scientists find several new species in deep water off Australian Coast

Scientists find several new species in deep water off Australian Coast

A team of international scientists has discovered a number of new marine species in one of the most unexplored ecosystems in the world, the deep water off Australia.

More than three dozen scientists, including some from Museums Victoria and the CSIRO, explored on the dark abyss with crushing environment nearly 4000 meters below the surface using a vessel named Investigator.

During the one-month expedition, the Investigator visited a total of seven Commonwealth marine reserves from the Freycinet Peninsula to the Coral Sea off Queensland.

Fishermen catch conjoined twin harbour porpoises

Fishermen catch conjoined twin harbour porpoises

Fishermen off the coast of the Netherlands accidently caught what has been confirmed as the first case of two-headed harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena).

However, the fishermen who accidentally caught the deceased two-headed harbour porpoise in their beamtrawl net took some pictures of the creature and threw it back into the ocean as they feared that it would be illegitimate to keep it.

Well Preserved young bird fossils with exceptional details found in Burmese amber

Well Preserved young bird fossils with exceptional details found in Burmese amber

Researchers have found fossils of young bird with remarkable details locked in Burmese amber. The Burmese amber has managed to well preserve fossils with most of skull and neck. The fossil also includes a partial wing, claws, soft tissue of the tail and hindlimbs. The research team reported that fossils belong to juvenile enantiornithine birds. The bird could be just a few days old when it got trapped in amber. Complete details of the research team findings have been published in the journal Gondwana Research.

Young whale finds way out of Ventura Harbor into the open ocean

Young whale finds way out of Ventura Harbor into the open ocean

A young humpback whale that had become stuck in Southern California’s Ventura harbor was on the move again on Sunday as it found its way back to the open ocean.

The U.S. Coast Guard officials said in a statement that the juvenile humpback was last seen at 1 a.m. on Sunday heading out of the Ventura Harbor into the open waters.

It was the first time when a young humpback whale entered the Ventura Harbor.

Hundreds of Leopard Sharks dying in San Francisco Bay

Hundreds of Leopard Sharks dying in San Francisco Bay

An alarming number of sharks have been found dead in San Francisco Bay this year, and biologists in the region are still scratching their heads to figure out the cause. Since mid-March, hundreds of sharks, including bat rays, halibut and leopard sharks, have been found along the shorelines of Foster City, Redwood City, Alameda, Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Some dead sharks were found on beaches in Marin County as well.

Tick-borne Powassan virus on the rise: experts warn

Tick-borne Powassan virus on the rise: experts warn

Newborn babies, the elderly and people with weak immune system are at a higher risk of contracting a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan, health experts have warned.

The potentially life-threatening virus in question is carried and transmitted by multiple kinds of ticks, including the deer tick which is also responsible for transmitting Lyme disease.

Golden Retriever Consumes Marijuana leftovers in Colorado

Golden Retriever Consumes Marijuana leftovers in Colorado

A marijuana user in Colorado has urged others to be careful with marijuana leftovers after her 10-year old Golden Retriever started behaving strange. As she called a vet for help, the symptoms of her pet led to conclusion that she had ingested marijuana leftovers. Patty Moore from Colorado was shocked to see her Golden Retriever Chance not able to move properly and couldn’t stand to eat.

Chance’s vet noticed that the dog was behaving strange. The dog appeared depressed, lazy and not able to use her legs properly.

Fungal infection threatens European salamanders: Study

A fungal infection threatens European salamanders: experts warn

A fungal infection that hit northern European countries many years ago behaves as a “perfect storm” and may end up wiping out almost all vulnerable species, experts have warned.

The lethal fungus, dubbed B. salamandrivorans (Bsal), left almost all fire salamanders dead in an outbreak occurred in The Netherlands in the year of 2014. Wild salamanders and newts in Germany and Belgium have also suffered outbreaks since then.

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