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2009-02-19 22:59:19

A California wildlife photographer, out on Monterey Bay with a group of fellow professionals, was the only one to capture a sea otter holding a video camera. Enrique Aguirre told The Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel he had the otter in his view finder before he noticed something strange. I was like, did I actually see an otter with a video camera or was I hallucinating?, he said. The otter was floating, holding the camera in its paws, the lens apparently aimed at the photographers on Capt. Yohn...

2009-02-16 23:14:33

A beaver has been spotted in Detroit, following a 75 year absence from the city, ecologists say. The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that a single beaver lodge has been discovered in an intake canal at Detroit Edison's Conners Creek power plant on the city's east riverfront. John Hartig, the Detroit River refuge manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said beavers were last spotted in the Detroit River at least 75 years ago. He said the beaver habitat shows that river cleanup...

2009-01-20 13:17:57

The U.S. Geological Survey says central California sea otters risk higher exposure to disease-causing parasites due to the food they eat and where they feed. Researchers said sea otters that eat small marine snails are at a higher risk of exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, a potentially deadly protozoal pathogen, than animals that feed exclusively on other prey. Sea otters living along the coast near San Simeon and Cambria are more at risk than sea otters outside that area. Recovery of the sea...

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2009-01-20 11:09:34

Sea otters living along the central California coast risk higher exposure to disease-causing parasites as a consequence of the food they eat and where they feed. Sea otters that eat small marine snails are at a higher risk of exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, a potentially deadly protozoal pathogen, than animals that feed exclusively on other prey, while sea otters living along the coast near San Simeon and Cambria are more at risk than sea otters that live outside this area. Similarly, sea...

2009-01-09 17:23:13

The search for a large beaver living somewhere in the English county of Devon has been hindered by curious onlookers, the animal's former owner says. Derek Gow, who kept the 84-pound beaver at an area animal sanctuary before its escape, said the sudden influx of onlookers has prompted a lengthy delay in the search for the animal, The Daily Telegraph said Friday. There are still so many people looking for the beaver down the river, we will leave it three to four weeks, said Gow, whose...

2009-01-03 14:25:43

A Bavarian beaver is making itself at home in England's Devon county after escaping from an area farm, its owner says. Conservationist Derek Gow said the escaped 88-pound beaver apparently does not know it has moved across several international borders and is preparing for a typical German winter, The Times of London reported Saturday. It's laying up a store of feed because it doesn't know it isn't in Germany, Gow said of the animal, which was one of three that escaped four weeks ago from his...

2008-12-31 17:41:34

The British owner of an escaped 84-pound beaver said trees believed to have been felled by the animal have been found 20 miles away from its former home. Derek Gow, the beaver's owner, said the large male escaped a Lifton, England, animal sanctuary along with two females when an electric fence broke in October, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Gow said the females were quickly recaptured but the male seemed to have vanished completely until signs of the animal's presence were found two...

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2008-10-17 14:15:00

Thousands of abandoned nets and crab pots remain in Puget Sound in Washington state after five years of efforts to remove them, officials said. The derelict fishing gear is believed to have killed 30,000 marine animals, including sea otters and other mammals and diving birds, the Seattle Times reported. One net pulled up last week contained bird bones and the remains of star fish and mollusks. The nets and pots, designed to trap marine animals, can get caught on reefs and continue their...

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2008-10-10 11:26:05

The songbird has a friend in the beaver. According to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the busy beaver's signature dams provide critical habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds, particularly in the semi-arid interior of the West. The study, which appears in the October 2008 issue of the journal Western North American Naturalist, says that through dam building, beavers create ponds and stimulate growth of diverse streamside vegetation critical for birds, including many...

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2008-10-06 10:10:00

Eagles shift their diet from aquatic marine animals to birds Sea otters are known as a keystone species, filling such an important niche in ocean communities that without them, entire ecosystems can collapse. Scientists are finding, however, that sea otters can have even farther-reaching effects that extend to terrestrial communities and alter the behavior of another top predator: the bald eagle. In nearshore marine communities, towering kelp can reach heights of 250 feet and function much...


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Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
2012-11-01 07:34:19

The Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is a species that can be found in the northern Pacific. It is also known as Steller's sea lion or the northern sea lion and is the only member of its genus, Eumetopias. Its range stretches from Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands in Russia. Its southern range includes Año Nuevo Island near California. Although it once bred as far south as the Channel Islands, it has not been seen there since the 1980’s. Traditionally,...

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2007-06-25 07:44:10

The Muskrat or Musquash, Ondatra zibethicus, is a large aquatic rodent native to North America (Alaska, Canada, United States, northern Mexico), and has been introduced in parts of Europe. In the Mid-Atlantic states it is nicknamed "˜Swamp Bunny'. Muskrats live in wetlands such as ponds, lakes, marshes, and river banks. Adult muskrats weigh up to 3.75 pounds. Adult body length is usually between 9.75 and 15.75 inches long, with a strong, laterally compressed tail 8 to 10 inches long. The...

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2007-01-23 14:07:41

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a large otter native to the North Pacific, from northern Japan and Kamchatka east across the Aleutian Islands south to California. The heaviest of the otters, sea otters are the only species within the genus Enhydra. They were hunted extensively for their luxurious fur. Its estimated that a half million to a million otters were killed over time. The population is thought to have been 150,000 to 300,000 historically before the years of the great hunt....

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2006-12-26 10:31:18

The North American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada. Also it is native to most of the United States and parts of northern Mexico. Its fur is dark brown. It has a rounded head, a large flat paddle-shaped tail and webbed hind feet. The unwebbed front paws are smaller, with claws. This is the largest rodent found in North America and the second largest rodent in the world (the largest rodent being the South American capybara). Beavers are mainly...

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2006-12-12 14:44:47

Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents native to North America and Europe. They are the only living members of the family Castoridae. Genetic research has shown the European and North American beaver populations to be distinct species and that hybridization is unlikely. General Beavers are best known for their natural trait of building dams in rivers and streams. They build their homes in the eventual artificial pond. They are the second largest rodents in the world. Beavers continue to...

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