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2009-09-30 12:33:01

Federal officials say they are considering giving killer whales in Washington state's Puget Sound a broader protective zone. Boats are now required to stay 100 yards away from the whales. The proposed National Marine Fisheries Service regulations would double that and would also close off a half-mile channel off San Juan Island between May and September, The Seattle Times reports. The rules would apply to whale-watching boats and recreational boaters but not to commercial fishermen, cargo...

2009-09-23 21:22:21

Officials said 1,261 live fish, including seven sharks, have arrived in Britain following a 4,000-mile plane ride from Barbados. Biologists with the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, England, said only 21 small fish died before the plane was unloaded in Exeter, England. The rest were taken to the aquarium, The Sun reported Wednesday. The fish, which came from a Barbados aquarium, include four 10-foot-long nurse sharks and three 6-foot-long blacktip reef sharks. The pilot could feel the...

2009-09-04 06:35:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Bruin Dale is no average, cute-and-cuddly community of talking bears -- Edward C. Whisenant's collection of stories, "The Anthology of Stingy Bear's Adventures" (published by AuthorHouse), parodies a homogenous society of grizzly bears in order to address numerous modern-day social, political and economic issues. "Far too often child readers are presented with ho-hum themes that give children a misleading impression of life," says Whisenant....

2009-09-03 18:06:02

Animal authorities in Montana said a grizzly bear accused of multiple home invasions during the past few years has been captured and euthanized. Tim Manley, the investigator charged with tracking down a bear dubbed Albino Basin Male, No. 191, said the approximately 20-year-old animal was captured when it returned Monday to a home it had previously broken into near Condon, Mont., The (Missoula, Mont.) Missoulian reported. Manley said the bear was euthanized Tuesday as a result of its age and...

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2009-08-12 16:25:53

New research from scientists in Russia shows that even killer whales like to socialize, creating and visiting social clubs just like humans do. Until now, scientists never knew why up to 100 killer whales would meet in the Avacha Gulf off the coast of Russia, forming huge superpods despite the fact  they typically live in smaller groups.  But after studying the whales, the researchers discovered that these groups act as clubs in which the fish-eating killer whales (Orcinus orca)...

2009-08-11 16:51:02

A 9-year-old Washington state boy said it took him almost an hour to land a 150-pound sixgill shark while fishing with his grandparents near Burien. Cosmo Miller, 9, said he used a 30-pound test line to reel in the shark while fishing last week with his grandparents in Puget Sound, The Seattle Times reported Friday. It was really hard, Cosmo said, but I had a really big fishing pole. The boy, who released the shark after taking pictures for posterity, said it wasn't his first encounter with a...

2009-08-10 13:05:03

A group of Florida boaters spear fishing and lobster diving said they received the shock of their lives when a bull shark jumped up on the deck of their vessel. Michael Powers said he and his friends were boating on a 21-foot vessel off Haulover Beach, Fla., Saturday when the 5 1/2 foot bull shark jumped onto the vessel, WSVN-TV, Miami, reported Monday. One minute it was in the air, the next minute it was in the boat just beating everything in God's creation, Powers said. It hit one of the...

2009-06-17 10:13:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that hunters and trappers harvested 487 bobcats during the 2008-09 bobcat seasons. Harvest numbers for 2008-09 by WMU are: WMU 2A, 2; WMU 2C, 34; WMU 2E, 14; WMU 2F, 41; WMU 2G, 126; WMU 3A, 56; WMU 3B, 123; WMU 3C, 42; WMU 3D, 23; and WMU 4D, 15. "The 2008-09 bobcat permit holder success rate of 40 percent is tied for the second highest with the 2005-06 harvest, both of which were...

2009-05-27 13:56:09

Census of Marine Life historians meeting in Vancouver, Canada, say they have reconstructed images of past sea life that boggle the imagination. The researchers said they used such sources as old ship logs, literary texts and tax records to reconstruct what life in the ocean was like prior to the early 1800s. Before oil hunters harpooned whales by the hundreds, the ocean around New Zealand teemed with about 27,000 southern right whales - roughly 30 times as many as today, the scientists said....

2009-05-23 18:30:33

With shark populations tumbling around the world, Chinese cooks are turning to manta and devil rays to fill their shark fin soup pots. Until recently, the rays were targeted only by subsistence fishermen, The Times of London reported Friday. Now, about 1,500 big manta rays are taken every year in the Indonesian fishing port of Lamakera. Tim Clark of the University of Hawaii said the rays could be overfished quickly. They have a long lifespan -- possibly more than 50 years -- and do not begin...


Latest Predators Reference Libraries

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2007-01-19 12:56:54

The bobcat (Lynx rufus, or commonly Felis rufus) is a wild cat native to North America. They are found mostly in the United States, southern Canada, and Northern Mexico. The bobcat is an adaptable animal that inhabits wooded areas as well as semi-desert, urban, and swampland environments. They live in a set home range that shifts in size with the season. They utilize several methods to mark their territorial boundaries including claw marks and deposits of urine or feces. In appearance, the...

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2006-08-16 20:52:41

The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family Delphinidae. They are sometimes referred to as blackfish, a group including pilot whales, pigmy and false killer whales and melon headed whales. It is the second-most widely distributed mammal on Earth (after humans) and is found in all the world's oceans, from the frigid arctic regions to warm, tropical seas. It is also a versatile, deadly predator, eating fish, turtles, birds, seals, sharks and even...

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