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Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recorded for the first time ever the “singing” by a rare and endangered North Pacific Right Whale. Humpback whales are known for their songs, but no one has ever before recorded right whales of any type singing. The government scientists heard four distinct songs over eight years at five locations in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s southwest coast. Sadly, there are only about 30 of these majestic animals remaining — the rest have been wiped out by whale hunters decades ago. They are hard to spot in the Bering Sea of Alaska and little is known about this population of right whales since so few remain. Scientists believe it was a singing male and it may be trying to attract a female, but the lead scientist said, “With only 30 animals, finding a mate must be difficult.” Awwwwwww. That is a truly sad love song.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the first two months of 2021, more manatees have died than in the first two months of 2020 and 2019 combined, totaling an estimated 350 animals. Despite recently passed protections for Florida’s seagrasses, a crucial part of the ecosystem that supports manatees, the sea cows are starving at higher rates and experts worry this […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world warms, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Bats are also susceptible to extreme heat, and overheated bat boxes can be “a death trap,” the Guardian reports. In the wild, bats move between rock and tree crevices in search of a perfectly moderated temperature. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report entitled The World’s Forgotten Fishes from the World Wildlife Fund has found that there has been a “catastrophic” decline in freshwater fish, with nearly a third of all freshwater fish species coming perilously close to extinction. The statistics paint a sobering picture: 26% of all critically […]
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