Category: Threatened species

  • Polar bears listed as Threatened Species in US

    It’s a bit too late for this one. Now a floormat worth $US7995.00 at Bear Skin World. Surprisingly, Canada, home to two-thirds of the total polar bear population of up to 25,000, has not listed the species as threatened. The US Government has listed polar bears as a threatened species, warning that melting of Arctic…

  • ‘Rotten butter’ versus ‘stinging acid’

    Activists on board anti-whaling ship The Steve Irwin pelting the Nisshin Maru with rotten butter The environmental group Sea Shepherd says it doubts its attack on a Japanese whaling ship off Antarctica yesterday injured anyone. The group threw 24 litres of rotten butter onto the Nisshin Maru whaling ship. Meanwhile, the Taipei Times reports: “Militant…

  • A trashy tale

    A picture worth a thousand sad words from Sierra Magazine. Ocean-borne trash plagues the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The stomach of this dead albatross held more than a half pound of plastic. They captioned it with this damning quote from Art Buchwald — written in 1970: And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and…

  • Squid of steel

    Shelley Powers of Burningbird shares our fascination of giant squid finds and we could not resist sharing our latest find. We’d love to give someone credit for this fine effort. Let us know if you can source it. LATER: And we can [thanks to Shelley, see comments]. It is called “Squid” [Steel, 2001] and was…

  • Laying Waste to the Deep Sea

    Far out on the high seas, on any given day, hundreds of fishing vessels drag huge nets, big enough to snag a 747 jumbo jet, across the ocean bottom, vacuuming up 150-year-old fish, flattening ancient reefs and destroying everything else in their paths. TIME Magazine’s Ken Stiers writes: Only the biodiversity of tropical rainforests rivals…

  • Whales humiliated

    Lauren Williams of The Daily Telegraph writes: Is this the ultimate humiliation for a whale? While these white beluga whales don cute little Santa hats to entertain visitors to a Japanese aquarium, their humpback cousins face a degrading end in cold storage at the hands of Japanese whalers in Antarctica.

  • Fear for humpbacks as Japan whaling fleet sets sail

    A humpback whale breaches in Jervis Bay, NSW. Photo: Ken Robertson A Japanese whaling fleet left today for an expedition activists say will for the first time target humpbacks, a perennial favourite among whale-watchers. The Nisshin Maru, the 8000-tonne flagship of Japan’s whaling fleet, left Shimonoseki port for the Antarctic along with catcher boats around…

  • Elephant seals a victim of global warming

    Until recently scientists had almost no idea where southern elephant seals went when they left their island homes to spend winter feeding at sea each year. So Australian, British, US and French researchers glued satellite transmitters to the heads of 85 of the seals and tracked them for months as they swam and dived in…

  • Japanese killed pregnant whales

    More than half the whales killed by Japanese whalers in the Antarctic last summer were pregnant females, the Humane Society International said today. The group said that of the 505 Antarctic minke whales killed, 262 of them were pregnant females, while one of the three giant fin whales killed was also pregnant. The findings came…

  • Australia plans climate ‘spine’ for wildlife

    Australia will create a wildlife corridor spanning the continent to allow animals and plants to flee the effects of global warming. The 2,800-kilometer (1,740 mile) climate “spine,” approved by state and national governments, will link the country’s entire east coast, from the snow-capped Australian alps in the south to the tropical north — the distance…