Born and raised in the Bahamas, the trainer says he was employed at two swim-with-the-dolphin facilities in the Caribbean, and his concerns grew over his tenure. The dolphins’ holding pens were not only excessively shallow, but also far too small. At one facility, he says, more than 40 dolphins were caged in three compact cells.In the open sea pens — as opposed to enclosed pools within a resort — debris like nails and fish hooks would float in from the ocean, he adds.”Because they didn’t have a vet or a
While it may not be possible to open your home to every stray pet in need, an open heart can be just as accommodating.A photo has been making the rounds on social media showing a group of stray dogs napping comfortably on a bench of cushions as a result of one business’s act of kindness. The image was reportedly snapped at a café in Greece, where management sees fit to offer refuge to homeless pups after closing up each evening.The cafeteria Hot Spot in Mytilene, Lesbos, once customers leave, opens its d
The fact that evolution can be rapid not only allows scientists to observe it in action, it also means that they can perform real-time experiments in the field to test their hypotheses by changing specific environmental parameters.Recently, a team of scientists in Florida demonstrated that rapid evolution of a species can be triggered by a negative interaction with a competitor. To do so, the scientists introduced an invasive species of anole lizard to a group of small islands that shared the same lifesty
SANTIAGO, Chile — More than 300 whales have been found washed up in a remote inlet in Patagonia in southern Chile in one of the largest die-offs on record, researchers said Tuesday.
“It was an apocalyptic sight. I’d never seen anything like it,” said one of the scientists who made the discovery, Vreni Haussermann of the Huinay Scientific Center.
Scientists launched an expedition to count the animals after 20 sei whales were reported dead in April, beached in an extremely remote region some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) south of the capital Santiago.
When the researchers flew over the region in June, they found the scale of the die-off was much larger: at least 337 dead whales, “including bodies and skeletons,” said Haussermann.
“There are still a lot of areas we haven’t managed to reach, so it’s likely there are more dead whales,” she told AFP.
The die-off, the biggest single event of its kind known to science, will be investigated in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine, which funded the expedition.
Scientists initially said the whales did not bear any wounds, suggesting they may have died of a virus or a harmful algal bloom known as “red tide.”
The gruesome find comes as countries get down to tough negotiations at crunch talks in Paris, which are seeking a pact to curb climate change.
Marine biologists say the warming of the world’s oceans is putting dangerous pressure on whale populations by killing off their food supply and changing their age-old migratory routes.
After retiring hundreds of research chimpanzees in 2013, the NIH says 50 remaining chimps will no longer be used for medical studies.The 50 chimpanzees were kept in case they were needed in a public health emergency, but now they will be moving into a federal sanctuary as soon as there is room.”It’s time to say we’ve reached the point in the U.S. where invasive research on chimpanzees is no longer something that makes sense,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, according to The Associated Press.As NPR previously reported, the vast majority of the primates were used in studies related to genetics and behavior. In recent years, the scientific community has begun to feel that even these studies are unnecessary.The AP added that about 300 government-owned chimpanzees had already been sent to live out their days at Chimp Haven, a federally approved sanctuary in Louisiana.When the initial announcement about the chimps’ retirement was made two years ago, we reported on what their post-NIH lives would look like:”The retired chimps will live out their lives in an environment similar to those in the wild. They will be in social groups of at least seven, and live inside enclosures where they can climb and forage for food. But the NIH won’t follow a recommendation that each chimp be given 1,000 square feet of living space. Collins says: ‘We did not feel that there was adequate scientific evidence at present’ to support that requirement. The cost involved with providing so much space was also an issue, he says.”
Pigs are really smart, friendly and sociable — and on U.S. farms, some 4.9 million pregnant pigs are kept alone in crates so small they can’t even turn around.A new study, just published in the journal Plos One, suggests that the public (understandably) doesn’t like this practice, and likes it even less after getting more information.And so for that reason, among others, farmers might want to stop using the crates.”The agricultural industries require continued public support to survive and thrive,” Daniel Weary, a professor of animal welfare at the University of British Columbia, and one of the study’s authors, told The Huffington Post. “Few of our participants were willing to support the use of gestation stalls. After being provided more information about the stalls even fewer were willing to support their use.”Two hundred and forty-two mainly female North American participants were asked to register their attitudes toward the use of gestation crates before and after viewing videos, pictures and scientific papers sources from animal advocates and farm industry groups.Before viewing the information, 30.4 percent of participants said they favored gestation crates. Afterwards, that figure went down to just 17.8 percent.The good news is that the number of pigs confined to tiny crates is already going down as many companies are going crate-free, according to Matthew Prescott, senior food policy director for the Humane Society of the United States.The even better news is that this study may speed up that movement, if farmers are interested in aligning their practices with public values — which Weary thinks they are.Weary said he approached this study not as an advocate, but as a researcher aiming to help farmers understand how the public views their work — which could then help guide their practices.In other words: when farmers see that the public disapproves of pig gestation crates, they may decide to stop using them. “My hope is to encourage farmers to engage in real two-way conversations with citizens, explaining what they do and why they do it, but also listening to public concerns and looking for solutions that help bring their practices into alignment with broadly held public values,” he said. “Farmers take great pride in what they do, including the food they produce and the care they provide for their animals.”
A little dog named Leia saved this baby dolphin’s life when she discovered him stranded on a beach in Wales earlier this month. Her human uploaded a video of the rescue to YouTube, explaining, “I was taking photos of the fantastic scenery when I heard my dog barking at me from further down the beach … clearly she had found something!” YouTubeCricciethLife Coming closer, he realized that Leia had found a baby dolphin (or maybe a baby porpoise?) stuck on the sand. This good samaritan carefully and gentl
Anxious Bird Who Destroyed All Her Feathers Tells Rescuers ‘I Love You’ By Sarah V Schweig12 November 2015 GET OUR NEWSLETTER Life is looking up for a bird once called Hobby, the anxious exotic pet who destroyed all her feathers while living in conditions of deprivation and neglect. TALLGRASS PARROT SANCTUARY Not long ago, she arrived at a sanctuary for birds just like her in Kansas. She smelled like garbage and old cigarettes and had nervously plucked out every single feather she could reach.