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Manatee Hearing Is Sharp Enough To Hear Boat Motors
2012-04-13 05:09:56

Manatees are often referred to as “seacows” due to their peaceful existence, lazily grazing on sea grass. Though harmless, these manatees are often in danger of being injured by motorboats and other forms of watercraft. These vessels can crash into the unsuspecting manatees, leaving gashes and scars and sometimes even broken rib cages. Though much is known about the seacows, it isn´t yet known why these quiet animals are so vulnerable to human activity. Joe Gaspard...

Sea Turtle Returned To Gulf Of Mexico After 3-Year Journey
2011-12-28 09:54:20

After a three-year rehabilitation in Portugal, a juvenile endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nicknamed Johnny Vasco de Gama was returned to familiar waters in the Gulf of Mexico, reports Stephanie Pappas for LiveScience. Johnny is believed to have beeen caught in cold currents in 2008 and was “cold-stunned,” a condition that shuts down internal organs and can kill sea turtles. The sea turtle was found by staff members of the Rotterdam Zoo, along the Netherlands coast, 4,600...

2011-04-20 00:00:30

One year later, America's leading zoos and aquariums are continuing rehabilitation and research efforts to help wildlife impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Silver Spring, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) April 18, 2011 One year later, America's leading zoos and aquariums are continuing rehabilitation and research efforts to help wildlife impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "Many zoos and aquariums have animal rescue and rehabilitation programs in place, and their trained personnel and...

2010-06-03 15:51:00

DENVER, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- For times of wildlife health emergencies, Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund to give wildlife researchers timely monetary aid to respond to unexpected events, such as natural disasters and emerging diseases, that result in the immediate need for animal health research. The first grant provides researchers with immediate funds to begin important research on the long-term effects of the 2010 oil spill in the...

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2006-11-10 14:10:00

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Back in 1902, a scientist examining the smooth, grapefruit-size brain of a manatee remarked that the organ's unwrinkled surface resembled that of the brain of an idiot. Ever since then, manatees have generally been considered incapable of doing anything more complicated than chewing sea grass. But Hugh, a manatee in a tank at a Florida marine laboratory, doesn't seem like a dimwit. When a buzzer sounds, the speed bump-shaped mammal slowly flips his 1,300 pounds and aims a...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'