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Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal A rare, tiny marine creature known as the unicorn of the sea has swarmed in its millions on the west coast of America, ruining fishermens nets and baffling scientists who are scrambling to find out more about them. Fishers along the west coast have told researchers that in some places they are unable to catch anything because the pyrosome clusters are so dense and tightly packed. Their hooks, when pulled from…

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Tooth and claw: protective mother bear cuts off Dracula’s castle

Brown bear protecting three cubs closes Poenari Castle used by Romanias Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century While Draculas legend usually fails to scare tourists away from the blood-sucking vampires 15th century castle, a large, furry and protective mother bear has had more success. Romanian authorities have declared Poenari castle off limits after visitors climbing the 1,480 steps up to the ruins had close shaves with the animal and her three cubs. The environment ministry has given us the green light for the four bears to be captured and…

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Great Barrier Reef: Australia must act urgently on water quality, says Unesco

Draft decision says Australia would not, at this rate, meet interim or long-term targets in the Reef 2050 report Unesco has expressed serious concern about the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and warned Australia it will not meet the targets of the Reef 2050 report without considerable work to improve water quality. The criticism was contained in back-to-back coral bleaching events affecting about two-thirds of the reef and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan] in its current form, notably in relation to the most urgently needed…

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Fisherman says great white shark jumping in his boat was ‘just a mundane thing’

Terry Selwood was hurt when 2.7-metre shark, which weighed 200kg, leapt into his boat near Evans Head A fisherman who watched a 2.7-metre great white shark land in his boat has downplayed the experience, calling it just a mundane thing. Terry Selwood, 73, was caught by surprise while fishing off Evans Head, on the north coast of New South Wales, on Saturday afternoon when the shark launched itself into his 4.5-metre boat. The sharks pectoral fin hit Selwood on his forearm and knocked him on to his hands and knees…

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Man arrested at airport with snakes, frogs and lizards in backpack

Russian en route from Brazil detained in Amsterdam after reptiles and cockroaches found in buckets in luggage Customs officials have arrested a Russian man at Amsterdams international airport after dozens of poisonous snakes and frogs were found hidden in his luggage. The man, who was en route to Russia, was detained on a stopover at Schiphol airport after a trip to Brazil, the , the Dutch food and animal watchdog said on Wednesday. There were dozens of live snakes, frogs, cockroaches and lizards hidden in his luggage. A large number…

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Black rhinos return to Rwanda 10 years after disappearance

Around 20 eastern black rhinos are being moved to Akagera national park from South Africa Around 20 endangered eastern black rhinos are returning in an extraordinary homecoming to Rwanda after the species disappeared from the country 10 years ago, the African Parks organisation has said. The rhinos are being moved from South Africa to the Akagera national park in eastern Rwanda, according to the non-profit group that manages protected areas for African governments. This extraordinary homecoming will take place over the first two weeks of May, it said in a…

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Baby whales ‘whisper’ to mothers to avoid predators, study finds

Scientists reveal unique, intimate form of communication between humpback mothers and calves as well as silent method to initiate suckling Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique. They dont want any unwanted listeners, researcher Simone Videsen, lead author of a study published in Functional Ecology, said. Potential predators such as killer whales could listen to their conversations and use that as a cue to locate the calf and predate on it.…

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