Southern Humpback Whales Staging One Big West Side Story Production

Scientists studying southern humpback whales have found that the species is essentially just staging one giant West Side Story production. The new research has found that whale populations form calving grounds, thanks to their loyalty.  The research, published under the title of “First Circumpolar Assessment of Southern Humpback Whale Mitochondrial Genetic Variation at Multiple Scales and Implications for Management”, is essentially the first act of the musical, without the big rumble.  In other words, thanks to the whale behaviour of staying faithful to where they came from, the Jets remain the Jets, and the Sharks remain the Sharks. Continue reading

Features Contributor Julia Molnar: Are We Doomed Or Can We Still Make A Difference?

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A study published last summer stated that the number of species on our planet is disappearing at such a fast rate that we might be entering another mass extinction. Entire species are disappearing at such a fast rate that the scientists compared it to what happened to the dinosaurs. Seeing it written down in these words shocked me because it sounds so gloomy and hopeless! And it got me thinking: is it worth doing something at this point or is our planet too far gone? Am I really helping to reduce my impact on habitat loss by recycling? Or are we cutting down forests at such a fast rate that it isn’t worth it anymore, and I might as well start throwing my papers and plastics in the trash? Since I refuse to accept the fact that we are doomed, I try to look for stories or articles of when it was possible to make a difference for animals and the environment, and maybe draw inspiration from a positive story than be terrified by a negative story of doom. One such amazing story is that of the peregrine falcon. Continue reading

New Evidence Shows Rarest Big Cat Making a Comeback

 

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The Amur leopard is considered to be one of the rarest cats in the world with only an estimated 30 individuals left in the wild in 2007. Found in the Amur River Valley, the Amur leopard faces a multitude of threats to its population numbers such as habitat destruction, poaching, and, oh yeah, cannibalism! Amur leopards are also found over an area of more than 36,000 hectares, which makes finding a mate for a solitary cat quite difficult. Fortunately, for Amur leopards, things might just be looking up for them. Continue reading