Megafauna http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24913/all en Killer whales trapped in Canadian sea ice, community seeks help http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/killer-whales-trapped-canadian-sea-ice-community-seeks-help <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 9 (Reuters) - Several killer whales are trapped and at times panicking in the sea ice of Hudson Bay, and a local mayor is calling on the Canadian government to send an icebreaker to save them.</p> <p>The whales are taking turns breathing through a hole in the ice about the size of a pickup truck in the frigid waters near the remote Inuit community of Inukjuak, Quebec.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/killer-whales-trapped-canadian-sea-ice-community-seeks-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Megafauna Oceanic dolphins Zoology Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:45:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732438 at http://www.globalpost.com Wind shift may have freed whales trapped off Quebec http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/wind-shift-may-have-freed-whales-trapped-quebec <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 10 (Reuters) - A group of killer whales trapped under the ice of Hudson Bay and taking turns breathing from a small hole may have been freed by a shift in the winds, Canadian media reported on Thursday.</p> <p>The 11 whales, who sometimes appeared to be panicking as they fought for air, created a worldwide sensation as news and a video about their plight spread.</p> <p>The mammals, which likely included two adults and several younger ones, were first spotted by a local Inuit hunter on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/wind-shift-may-have-freed-whales-trapped-quebec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aboriginal peoples in Canada Hunting Megafauna Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:30:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732745 at http://www.globalpost.com Chile says 20 beached whales die in Strait of Magellan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/chile-says-20-beached-whales-die-strait-magellan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twenty killer whales died and 25 others were rescued after becoming stranded along the Strait of Magellan by an unusually low tide, Chile's National Fishing Service said Tuesday.</p> <p>Fishermen and Chilean navy personnel struggled to save the orcas after they ran into trouble near Susan, a village on the strait that links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the southern tip of South America, officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/chile-says-20-beached-whales-die-strait-magellan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Zoology AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:37:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767320 at http://www.globalpost.com Anti-whalers say Japanese fleet heading north http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/anti-whalers-say-japanese-fleet-heading-north <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said Japan's entire harpoon fleet had left the Antarctic whale sanctuary Saturday and was heading north, suggesting that their annual hunt may have come to an end.</p> <p>Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd's director-turned-observer, said this year would likely see the lowest haul by the Japanese whalers in history, with "no more than 75" of the mammals killed due to the group's campaign of harassment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/anti-whalers-say-japanese-fleet-heading-north" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Human Interest Megafauna Zoology AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:00:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771531 at http://www.globalpost.com Anti-whalers predict record low catch for Japanese http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/anti-whalers-predict-record-low-catch-japanese <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said Saturday the Japanese fleet had left the Antarctic whale sanctuary and appeared to be heading home with its smallest catch yet, hailing an "enormously successful" harassment campaign.</p> <p>Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said this year would likely see the lowest haul by the Japanese whalers in history, with "no more than 75" of the mammals killed due to the group's efforts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/anti-whalers-predict-record-low-catch-japanese" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Megafauna Whaling Zoology AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771549 at http://www.globalpost.com Mission to save jaguar exposes big cats' plight in Brazil http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/mission-save-jaguar-exposes-big-cats-plight-brazil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It was late at night at the Preto Velho ranch when the unsuspecting jaguar approached the trap, took the bait -- and was downed by a tranquilizer dart.</p> <p>This was no common hunting scene, but an experiment aimed at saving the Americas' biggest cat, whose numbers are threatened in Brazil due to soybean crops and livestock encroaching on their natural habitat, especially in the savannah that covers much of central Brazil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/mission-save-jaguar-exposes-big-cats-plight-brazil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Law Megafauna Technology Zoology AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 03:47:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773488 at http://www.globalpost.com Beached whale in Spain dies from ingesting plastic waste http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/beached-whale-spain-dies-ingesting-plastic-waste <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 4.5 tonne sperm whale that washed ashore in southern Spain died from ingesting large amounts of plastic sheets used in greenhouses on farms in the region, a scientist said Thursday.</p> <p>The whale, which came ashore last year on a beach in Andalusia, had over 17 kilogrammes (37 pounds) of garbage blocking its stomach, including some 30 square metres (36 square yards) of plastic canvas, said Renaud de Stephanis, a marine biologist at the Donana Biological Station, which is run by the Spanish National Research Council.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/beached-whale-spain-dies-ingesting-plastic-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Renaud de Stephanis Technology Zoology AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:46:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5776385 at http://www.globalpost.com Locals, biologists face off over Philippine whale shark feeding http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/locals-biologists-face-over-philippine-whale-shark-feeding <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By David Loh</p> <p>Tan-awan, Philippines, March 12(Reuters) - Tan-awan, in the southern Philippines island of Cebu, used to be a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit. Yet now they flock there by the hundreds - to swim with whale sharks, the world's largest fish.</p> <p>Whale sharks are lured to the Tan-awan coastline of the Oslob district by fishermen who hand feed them small shrimp, drawing divers and snorkelers to see the highly sought-after animals, known as gentle giants of the sea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/locals-biologists-face-over-philippine-whale-shark-feeding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fish Megafauna Technology Types of tourism Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:45:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5780507 at http://www.globalpost.com Gray whales find refuge on Mexico's coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130313/gray-whales-find-refuge-mexicos-coast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Guerrero Negro, Mexico, Mar 13 (EFE).- Gray whales have found a safe place to breed on Mexico's coast, where programs have been implemented to try to bring the marine mammals back from the brink of extinction.</p> <p>The programs have led to annual increases in gray whale numbers on the coast of Baja California Sur state, where the marine mammals enter warm shallow waters at this time of year to mate and give birth to calves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130313/gray-whales-find-refuge-mexicos-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Megafauna Zoology Agencia EFE Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:31:36 +0000 Agencia EFE 5782660 at http://www.globalpost.com Squid's in: Scientists dive into monster's gene pool http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/squids-scientists-dive-monsters-gene-pool <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scientists on Wednesday announced they had peeked into the DNA of the giant squid, seeking to demystify a deep-sea creature that has haunted sailors' dreams for centuries. </p> <p>But their findings published Wednesday threw up some tantalising questions in turn.</p> <p>They include the likelihood that there is just one species of giant squid, and not a constellation of species as some experts have thought.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/squids-scientists-dive-monsters-gene-pool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Megafauna Squid Technology Zoology AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:31:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788278 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Graphics Advisory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/afp-graphics-advisory <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Wednesday's graphics:</p> <p>OBAMA MIDEAST TOUR</p> <p>Graphic showing the itinerary for US President Barack Obama on his visit to the Middle East, with Israel as first stop Wednesday.</p> <p>Text slug: Israel-Palestinians-US-Obama-diplomacy</p> <p>91 x 114 mm</p> <p>Available now</p> <p>CHINA CYBER ATTACK</p> <p>Graphic on the main findings of a report on a China-based cyber espionage campaign published by US security firm Mandiant in February. The head of the firm told a congressional panel on Tuesday that China is pouring massive amounts of money into cyber attacks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/afp-graphics-advisory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Ireland Megafauna Technology Zoology AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 06:00:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5788430 at http://www.globalpost.com World's biggest creature tracked by its song http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/worlds-biggest-creature-tracked-its-song-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow their songs, the government said Wednesday.</p> <p>The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is rarely spotted in the Southern Ocean but a group of intrepid researchers were able to locate and tag some of the mammals after picking up on their deep and complex vocals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/worlds-biggest-creature-tracked-its-song-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Business Megafauna Technology Zoology AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:01:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795007 at http://www.globalpost.com World's biggest creature tracked by its song http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/worlds-biggest-creature-tracked-its-song-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow their songs, the government said Wednesday.</p> <p>The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is rarely spotted in the Southern Ocean but a group of intrepid researchers were able to locate and tag some of the mammals after picking up on their deep and complex vocals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/worlds-biggest-creature-tracked-its-song-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Business Megafauna Technology Zoology AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:45:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5795157 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Graphics Advisory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/afp-graphics-advisory <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Wednesday's graphics:</p> <p>NORTH KOREA INDUSTRIAL PARK</p> <p>Graphic fact file on the Kaesong complex, a Seoul-invested industrial estate inside North Korea. Pyongyang blocked South Korean access to the zone on Wednesday.</p> <p>Text slug: NKorea-military-SKorea</p> <p>90 x 76 mm</p> <p>Available now</p> <p>GLOBAL ARMS TRADE</p> <p>Graphic on the global arms trade. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed Tuesday's adoption of a landmark global arms treaty as a milestone that would help prevent human rights abuses.</p> <p>Text slug: UN-weapons-treaty-Ban</p> <p>90 x 162 mm</p> <p>Available now</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/afp-graphics-advisory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Megafauna Republics Social Issues Zoology AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:15:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5799981 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan whaling haul at 'record low' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/japan-whaling-haul-at-record-low <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The haul from Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean was a "record low" this year, a government minister said Friday, blaming "unforgivable sabotage" by activists.</p> <p>The hunt netted just 103 Antarctic minke whales, less than half its tally last year and no fin whales, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said, adding it was the lowest total since "research whaling" began in 1987.</p> <p>hg/jw</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Biology Megafauna Zoology AFP Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:15:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5802484 at http://www.globalpost.com