Quantcast

Latest Predators Stories

6b8277afcc65c1b4870c5acda5771fc7
2009-04-08 08:23:52

Whale sharks -- giants of the fish world that strike terror only among tiny creatures like the plankton and krill they eat -- are imperiled by over-fishing of the species in parts of its ocean range. That threat is underscored in a new study from geneticists led by Jennifer Schmidt, University of Illinois at Chicago associate professor of biological sciences, reported online April 7 in the journal PLoS One. Schmidt and her colleagues studied the DNA of 68 whale sharks from 11 locations across...

2009-02-18 23:01:39

U.S. wildlife researchers say threats to California salmon may cause the extinction of a population of Pacific killer whales. The National Marine Fisheries Service said the southern resident population of killer whales, of which there are only 84, may die if the salmon disappear, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday. The Puget Sound whales have been spending more time off the coast of Central California in recent years The fisheries service said Central Valley salmon that make up most of the...

115868cf466f59a90da6271eae3b457f1
2009-02-03 12:15:00

Researchers reported on Monday, that older mothers may do a better job raising their children than younger, less-experienced moms, amongst killer whales.The researchers looked over 30 years of data to find that calves born to the oldest killer whales were 10 percent more likely to survive the critical first year of life than calves born to younger mothers."Older mothers appear to be better mothers, producing calves with higher survival rates," Eric Ward of the Northwest Fisheries Science...

2009-01-16 20:50:04

U.S. researchers say endangered orcas, or killer whales, living in Puget Sound are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world. The report, published in published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, says the orcas are exposed to PCBs, flame retardants and other persistent organic pollution concentrations in Chinook salmon, the Seattle Times report Thursday. The southern resident population of orcas eat large numbers of Chinook salmon that come from areas with...

2009-01-15 15:41:46

Police in Nassau County, N.Y., said they have arrested a man who allegedly grabbed a shark out of a fish tank in a pet shop and hid it in his jacket. Investigators said Elbert Starks, 30, entered the Total Aquarium store in Lynbrook Dec. 12 and grabbed the $350 nurse shark out of its tank with his bare hands, Newsday reported Thursday. He left the store with the shark concealed in his jacket, police said. Starks is also alleged to have stolen a cashier's wallet Jan. 2 at Pet Barn in Franklin...

12bf87f52a4f6d052d48f402d4a2a81a1
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.

0eea924600485cb314a98db59db0fd3d
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...

4c0e1b4bbe9bce4e3237eb7c729e08a2
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...

d304dd11a62c0ca0c6e641c1a4788fc21
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...


Latest Predators Reference Libraries

42_f04f7283597f671c1e23906fcccef593
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...

0_7d999610ec74db875f0a738508371366
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...

More Articles (2 articles) »
Word of the Day
blee
  • Color; hue; complexion.
This word is Middle English in origin.
Related