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Archives for September, 2008

Dolphin Obesity: A Growing Problem

Aquarium staff at Kinosaki Marine World in western Japan recently noticed that their dolphins were less acrobatic in their performances and more lethargic in general. Concerned about their health, the dolphins were weighed and found to be significantly heavier since only a few months prior. Apparently a fattier mackeral, their typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner,…

Dolphin Rescue Attempt

First ever footage of dolphins trying to save one of their own. Warning: Sad ending!

Did Someone Say Party?

Just a friendly reminder that Zooillogix, Gene Expression, Deep Sea News, Adventures in Ethics and Science, and Thoughts from Kansas are throwing the biggest, most fun, blowout bonanza ever put together tomorrow night!*** The party starts at 9pm sharp at Tonic, the bar owned by yours truly on Polk Street in San Francisco. Scandelous clothing…

Transexual Asian Eels Invade New Jersey

Just when we thought that Dirty Jerse had hit rock bottom, its rivers and forests have become overrun with a slimy, invasive species of eel that can live for months during droughts and change sex if necessary in order to keep reproducing. The Asian swamp eels were found recently in Silver Lake (which is located…

Marine biologists off the coast of Australia have discovered what they believe to be hundreds of new species on the Great Barrier and Ningaloo Reefs. The project is part of CReefs, a global census of coral reefs, which is in turn part of the larger Census of Marine Life, an ongoing effort to catalog all…

Subterranean…blind…predatory…smokin’ hot AILF! These are all adjectives that you could use to describe a newly discovered ant from the Amazon rainforest. Dubbed the Martialis heureka or “Ant from Mars” (not kidding), the sightless creature lives inside the soil and presumably hunts prey with massive mandibles. The Ant from Mars also represents a new subfamily of…

Snake Uneats a Tapir

Don’t know the background here. Not for those with weak stomachs, pretty incredible though.

I stumbled into a meeting my brain and experience are wholly unqualified to report on, so instead, I will tell you about this much more exciting piece of information. Today, from 4PM-7PM, the AZA will be holding a live auction of paintings created by animals. Anyone can join the auction online but be aware you…

Many Fish Emit Red Light…

While Andrew wows you with such exciting facts as What Kind of Hay to Feed an Oryx from the AZA, I thought I’d cover some actual bizarre zoological news this week. A group of ichthyologists have recently made a startling discovery, one that was literally glowing right before their eyes. This fish subsists on a…

Basically this session is about making a media story out of a zoo or aquarium’s conservation efforts. I’m making a story out of making a story. Challenging Media Myths About White Sharks Speaker: Karen Jeffries, Monterey Bay Aquarium The Monterey Bay Aquarium examined the possibility of exhibiting a great white shark in an effort to…