Latest Predators Stories

2008-12-21 16:29:30

Scientists are analyzing killer whale scat and breath samples in the hopes of solving the mystery of Puget Sound's dwindling orca population. There were seven resident killer whales that frequently pass the waters of Washington that went missing this year and are presumed dead. "We're losing animals and we don't exactly understand why," said Brad Hanson, a wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service. Researchers of the University of Washington...

2008-12-18 19:47:38

A fisherman seeking out marine life off the coast of Volusia County, Fla., said he caught a 663-pound hammerhead shark. The commercial fisherman said the shark, which measured more than 13 feet in length, was reeled in Wednesday, WESH-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Thursday. Experts said hammerhead sharks can grow to reach lengths of more than 20 feet.

2008-11-03 13:00:00

The rising demand for shark fin soup in Asia is spurring illegal fishing and contributing to a plunge in stocks, according to a report on Monday. The Australian government and the wildlife trade-monitoring network Traffic, published the study urging governments to crack down on illegal catches. Registered legal shark exports totaled $310 million worldwide in 2005, up from $237 million in 2002. "As the world's demand for sharks continues to grow, shark populations are plummeting," the report...

2008-10-01 16:36:25

A life of garbage, early pregnancies and violent deaths plague big city bears Black bears that live around urban areas weigh more, get pregnant at a younger age, and are more likely to die violent deaths, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The study, published in the Fall 2008 issue of the journal Human-Wildlife Conflicts, tracked 12 bears over a 10-year period living in urban areas around Lake Tahoe, Nevada and compared them to 10 "wildland" bears that lived in...

2008-09-18 13:57:59

In an attempt to help conservation of marine animals and aid in climate change monitoring, scientists using DNA have catalogued and described 100 new species of sharks and rays in Australian waters. More than 90 of the newly named species were identified by scientists in a 1994 book "Sharks and Rays of Australia" but remained scientifically undescribed. One rare species of carpet shark catalogued was found in the belly of another shark. A revised 2009 edition of the book by Australia's peak...

2008-09-16 13:25:00

Conservationists agree that major changes to rules on shark finning are needed to preserve the health of the world's shark populations. Confusing regulations and poor enforcement mean rule breaking is common, according to campaign group Oceana. Actor and activist Ted Danson said proper management could rescue the species in decline. Over half of ocean-going sharks, and about a third of European species, are threatened with extinction. Danson said the basic problem is it's a fishery that's not...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By Bill Bleyer, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 31--Swimmers were ordered out of the water for almost two hours at Jones Beach yesterday after a state park police officer saw a shark's fin. It was the second time in less than two weeks that Jones Beach bathers were instructed to leave the water after a reported shark sighting. About 20,000 people were at the park, said George Gorman Jr., deputy regional director for Long Island state parks. A park police officer in a patrol boat about...

2008-07-30 12:00:13

A live shark has been stolen from a shed, police said yesterday. The marble shark - one half of the only breeding pair in the UK - was taken from a garden in Farnborough, Hampshire, over the weekend. The 2ft long female mottled brown shark was kept in an aquarium in a brick shed in the garden and was taken on July 26. Owner Peter Newman (68) discovered the door of the shed open and all the lights on inside. He then realised the shark was missing. (c) 2008 Belfast Telegraph. Provided...

2008-07-22 09:00:00

By Lisa Fleisher, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 22--Editor's note: This is part of the weekly "Take Five" series of Q&As that give you a glimpse of what it's like working in various fields along the Grand Strand and introduce you to the people doing the work. To the roughly 1 million visitors that visit Ripley's Aquarium every year, a fish is a fish. But to Stacia White, a marine biologist who has worked at the aquarium for almost six years, they're more than just fish....

2008-07-20 09:00:00

By Stephanie Cuevas, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 20--BILOXI -- In 2003, a small group of researchers from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab stumbled upon a pod of 16 whale sharks several miles south of the coast of Venice, La., while conducting a study on sargasm weed. Dr. Eric Hoffmayer, a participant in the study, saw the perfect opportunity to study the biggest fish in the ocean. In the past five years, Hoffmayer has started a satellite tagging study for whale sharks...

Latest Predators Reference Libraries

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...

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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