5,000-pound shark washes ashore on Long Island
Anne Palumbo's cousin, Tracy Marcus, whom is a Marine Biologist in Long Island was on the scene to provide expert information.
A 26-foot-long dying shark washed ashore Tuesday on a Long Island beach, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said.
The male basking shark, which weighed an estimated 5,000 pounds and was measured at 26 feet, 6 inches, died shortly after authorities arrived on the scene, according to marine educator Tracy Marcus of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Marcus, who was at the beach at the time, said there were no outer abrasions on the shark, ruling out of the possibility of a boat strike, and the cause of the shark's death was unknown to investigators. Read the Full Story
The male basking shark measured 26 feet, 6 inches long
Cause of shark's death was unknown, though boat strike ruled out
Basking sharks can grow up to 35 feet in length
These sharks are not a threat to humans and feed on mostly on plankton, small fish
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Unique social system found in famous Tsavo lions CHICAGO—Tsavo
lions, famous for man-eating at the end of the 19th century, are also novel for being maneless. Now, the first scientific
peer-reviewed study of the ecology of Tsavo lions reveals that they have a unique social system.Read the Full Story
Sumatran Tiger on Brink of Extinction Washington - The critically endangered
Sumatran tiger could be the first large predator to go extinct in the 21st century if poaching and widespread illegal trade are not
stopped, according to TRAFFIC and World Wildlife Fund. Read the Full Story
CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN BRAZIL COULD HELP SAVE WORLD'S GREAT APES There are no
apes in South America, but small monkeys in a Brazilian rain forest could teach scientists at Great Ape Trust of Iowa a
valuable lesson on how to save the world’s great apes from extinction. Read the Full Story
Burning wetlands unleash sequestered mercury
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"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanual Kant
"When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her." ~ Montaigne
The Sloths of Costa Rica Don't call them lazy. They're just digesting. ESTRELLA RIVER, Costa Rica — Nimble and quick they are not. But there is something absolutely captivating about those big fur balls that appear too sleepy to budge from their home high up in the tree branches — barring weekly visits to the rest room down below for a No. 2. Read the Full Story
Canine Communication and Body Language Read Your Dog Like a Book
A Guide to Canine Communication & Body Language. To really understand our dogs you need to be able to listen and more importantly see what they are trying to tell us. A couple of years ago a Japanese electronics company came up with a Gizmo which they claimed could convert dogs barks, yip, yelps and whines into human language, thereby allowing us to understand “Doggie” speak for the first time. Read the Full Story
Generalization and Discrimination: Fraternal Twins While all animals have the capacity to acquire knowledge, they must also know where, when and how to use it. If a dog sits on a cactus, he will not benefit from the experience unless he possesses two mental abilities – discrimination and generalization. Read the Full Story
Declawing and Alternatives The Cat Clinic of Norman advises against declawing, except as a procedure of last resort, as do the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Cat Fanciers' Association. Read the Full Story
Understanding Normal Dog and Cat Behavior and Signaling. The nature v. nurture controversy: All behavior has environmental and genetic
components. The variation in the genetic component is sufficient to produce a wide array of individual behavioral phenotypes in the absence of any specific breed. Hence, not all domestic long-haired cats or mixed breed dogs look alike or
demonstrate identical behaviors in response to like situations. This is true within and between litters. Evolutionary biologists since and including Darwin have recognized these differences. Read the Full Story
Snoopy’s Spot Every morning I see him standing in the same spot as I open the gate to the sanctuary. A lone, dark shape distinguished from the others only by his broken and bent ear. Snoopy, a name I gave him as he entered the trap that was set up in a remote Nevada Desert a few years ago, hasn’t forgotten his previous life. His territory is no longer an expanse of desert wilderness shadowed by majestic peaks, but is now just a little spot of ground inside of Paddock 1. Read the Full Story
Submissive / Excitement Urination Sometimes dogs seem to leak urine. I’ve noticed that it occurs more often during initial greetings. This can be caused by youth, a developmental problem, a medical condition, a behavioral issue or a combination of factors. It’s always possible that sudden urination is the result of both behavioral and non-behavioral causes. Contributors such as underdeveloped organs, medications that facilitate poor bladder control, diseases, or failures of organs are examples of non-behavioral causes. Read the Full Story
Resource Guarding Ding ding ding ding ding! ...this is the sound of the alarm bells that should go off your in head when a client says something along the lines of…"It’s so cute the way Fluffy loves my son – she steals his socks and won’t let anyone near them". Read the Full Story