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Google’s Global Fishing Watch aims to combat overfishing and illegal fishing

Google’s Global Fishing Watch aims to combat overfishing and illegal fishing

Google will unveil its new satellite-based surveillance system that aims to change current situation on illegal fishing. Global Fishing Watch has been designed to keep a constant check to look out for those indulging in this trade.

The system has been made in partnership with Oceana, a marine-advocacy group, and West Virginia-based nonprofit SkyTruth. It would be a completely free platform that would prove useful for governments, journalists and citizens to keep a tab on around 35,000 commercial fishing vessels.

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Large animals in modern oceans face greater extinction risk than small ones

Large animals from modern oceans face greater extinction risk than small ones

Lately, scientists have unveiled that big fish and other ocean creatures are more vulnerable to face extinction than small creatures. The revelation has challenged the most common notion.

It has been said so as fossils from five mass extinction events have suggested that small marine animals were at increased risk to become extinct than big ones in the pre-historic cataclysms. But what was found was large modern fish, including tuna and sharks and mammals were increasingly being list on ‘Red List’ of endangered species than smaller ones.

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Hawaiian crows use twigs to dig prey out of hard-to-reach spots

Hawaiian crows use twigs to dig prey out of hard-to-reach spots

A journal Nature-published research paper has unveiled that the Hawaiian crow holds twigs in its teeth to take out insects and other prey from difficult to reach places. Study researchers have said that the Hawaiian crow is the only second member of its genus to be known to carry out such tasks.

Study’s lead researcher Christian Rutz from the University of St. Andrews said that the discovery is no less than eureka moment for them. For over a decade, researchers have been studying New Caledonian crows, the first member of the genus known as Corvus known for natural tool use.

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Polar bears circling Arctic outpost of Russian scientists

Polar bears circling Arctic outpost of Russian scientists

A team of five Russian researchers shared that their outpost on Troynoy Island is being surrounded by around 10 adult polar bears and their cubs. In this situation, it is not safe for them to leave the outpost.

The researchers said that a female polar bear spends nights outside the station. In fact, the team no more has flares with them and polar bears have also killed one of their dogs. It has become quite difficult for them to perform meteorological observations.

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Dolphins’ pattern of communication not so different from the way humans communicate: Study

Dolphins’ pattern of communication not so different from the way humans communicate: Study

For the first time, researchers have recorded a conversation between dolphins. Study researchers noticed the same after recording the conversation between two adult Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, named Yasha and Yana.

The dolphins did not interrupt each other during the conversation and took a pause to listen to each other. Researchers said that the pattern of communication was not different from the way modern humans talk to one another.

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Bats waggle head and wiggle ears to keep track on prey with incredible precision

Bats waggle head and wiggle ears to keep track on prey with incredible precision

A PLOS Biology-published research paper has unveiled that bats also do head tilts as it help them track their prey with great level of precision. As per the researchers, bats use the head-tilts to enhance existing sensory awareness.

In the study, Melville Wohlgemuth at the University of Maryland along with team members has used recording devices to keep a tab on three big brown bats. Main focus of the research team was to notice when bats waggled their heads and wiggled their ears.

Humpback whales off the endangered category in the latest review

Humpback whales off the endangered category in the latest review

Endangered since 1970, US humpback whale population has bounced back and is no longer in the list of endangered species, unveiled federal authorities. Out of 14 different populations of humpback whales, nine have been removed from the endangered list of species.

Scientists name a Parasite after President Barack Obama

Scientists name a Parasite after President Barack Obama

A new species of parasitic flatworm that infects turtles in Malaysia is so rare and distinct that researchers had to name a new genus to incorporate it. The species has been named in honor of President Barack Obama and is known as Baracktrema obamai.

It is the first time that researchers had to take such a step for this group of parasites in the 21 years. As per study researchers, these turtle parasites are likely ancestors of the parasitic flatworms that results into human disease known as schistosomiasis.

Climate change results into Hawaiian forest birds’ die-offs

Climate change results into Hawaiian forest birds’ die-offs

A journal Science Advances-published research paper has provided yet another evidence of how climate change is altering earth. Study researchers have found that a drop has come in the population of native forest birds on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. They also face the threat of extinction because of climate change.

The climate change is heating the birds’ habitat and allows thriving and spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Global warming increases temperature resulting into the spread of diseases like avian malaria in wooded areas.

Judge asks FWS to extend critical habitat for lynx in Idaho, Montana and Colorado

Judge asks FWS to extend critical habitat for lynx in Idaho, Montana and Colorado

The US wildlife managers have been asked to extend habitat protections for the Canada lynx in Idaho, Montana and Colorado. In 2000, the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat found roaming the Rockies and mountain forests of other states, was listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act.

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