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Bering Sea Seal Survey Undertaken By Russian And US Scientists
2012-04-11 09:25:58

Researchers from Russia and the US want to estimate the number of seals in the Bering Sea region to learn what types of seals are in the region and how they are affected as sea ice, which some species depend on, shrinks due to climate change in the region. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering listing one or more species as threatened, writes Dan Joling of the Associated Press (AP). The agency is specifically reviewing the ribbon seal, and will also...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'