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Marine scientists are eagerly investigating a 100-pound opah fish, or “moonfish,” that washed ashore in Oregon last week. The deep-sea fish usually makes its home in temperate or tropical waters, raising questions about how it came to be so far north. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), not much is known about the fish, which has red and silver scales and gold around its eyes.
Scientists say the fish was discovered on Sunset Beach in Seaside, OR, just in time. The fish is estimated to have been onshore for an hour before its discovery and managed to avoid damage from sea birds. “They’re pretty cool fish, and we don’t normally see them on the shore,” Keith Chandler, the general manager of Seaside Aquarium, told CNN. “It was pretty exciting for locals.” The fish is being kept in a large freezer at the aquarium. One particular school group will get to watch scientists dissect the elusive creature to collect all the data they possibly can from this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The maned wolf is certainly a unique animal, with long legs, massive ears, and bright red fur. Many might compare it to a fox, but it’s actually South America’s largest canid species. And not only is the maned wolf elusive — it’s endangered. Researchers working with Rewilding Argentina and […]
Today is International Red Panda Day! These iconic and adorable creatures are worth celebrating for many reasons, but they’re also in need of serious protection. This cat-sized, fluffy-tailed animal is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Climate change and rising temperatures are reducing the red panda’s […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In honor of World Animal Day on October 4th, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is hosting a virtual auction called “Art to Roam” in collaboration with Australian auction house Leonard Joel and creative studios worldwide. The event will raise funds for international artists, and also for the […]
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