Endangered Animal Friday – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark

April 18, 2009 at 5:01 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Animal FridayThis is the second of four articles for (Belated) Animal Friday, April 17th 2009

  • The Looooove Edition, Chimps, Elephants, Toronto Vet, and Children + Critters
  • Endangered – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark
  • The Dog Edition – Russian Dogs, Sock Swallowing Dog, Life Saving Pup, and Bo Obama gets book deal!
  • Urban Critters Friday – Bed Bugs, Toronto Illustrations, and Disappointed Cat

British Columbia Rare blue whales returning to B.C. coast, study suggests:blue whale tail

the blue whales, which can be the length of two school buses and weigh 200 tonnes, are once again returning to where they were slaughtered to near extinction in the last century.

Research that will soon be published in the journal Marine Mammal Science shows the whales are increasingly being spotted off the coasts of British Columbia, Alaska and Mexico’s Baja.

British Columbia North Vancouver bear rehabilitation centre:black bear cub

An innovative new rehabilitation centre for orphaned black bear cubs is being built in North Vancouver to help the animals learn the survival skills they’ll need before being re-released.

Many of the cubs lose their mothers when they get too close to humans and are destroyed.

Alberta Avalanche wipes out most of tiny caribou herd in Banff National Park:caribou

Hoof tracks suggest two animals — a young buck and another caribou of unknown gender — survived, said Parks Canada spokeswoman Michelle Macullo.

The loss of the females raises reproductive questions for the park animals, which are considered an at-risk species in Alberta and British Columbia, she said.

“The herd numbered as few as five. We don’t have a very big herd,” said Macullo.
“It’s terrible news. We’re absolutely heartbroken.”

Saskatchewan Black-footed ferret set to make Canadian comeback:black footed ferret

Pending the results of public consultation and a series of federal approvals, up to 50 ferrets drawn from captive-breeding populations in the U.S. and at the Toronto Zoo would be transplanted to Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park – the heart of a historic Canadian habitat for the species that once stretched from an area southwest of Moose Jaw in southern Saskatchewan to near Medicine Hat and Lethbridge in southern Alberta.

United States the big howl: help save wolves:Gray Wolf

In a few weeks, unless we stop them, the US will remove wolves from the list of federally protected species, opening up a killing season. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is following the policies of the past administration, rather than President Obama’s stated intention of using a science-based approach to environmental policies. Six hundred wolves could pay the price.

Don’t like the sound of that? Then check oot three things to do to help save wolves @ WMTC.

Australia Only 2,000 Left – The Rainbow That Can Fly:Rainbow Finch

Some good news, in a way. There are no numbers recorded to suggest how many Rainbow (also known as Gouldian) Finches exist in captivity but it is very probably in the hundreds of thousands. It is a hugely popular pet – because its unique plumage, but it would be a shame if this stunning bird’s existence in the future relied purely on it being kept in cages.

Nova Scotia Endangered turtles race from Nova Scotia to the Carribean to save their future:Nightswimmer

This year, rock bands R.E.M. and Pearl Jam have both sponsored a turtle. (One of the turtles mentioned on the Web site, http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/greatturtlerace.html, is named Nightswimmer — presumably a reference to R.E.M.’s song “Nightswimming.”)

Olympic swimmers, including gold medallists Janet Evans, Jason Lezak and Eric Shanteau, will act as “coaches” for the contestants and Olympian-turned-analyst Rowdy Gaines will be calling the race on the Web site.

Phillipines What is a megamouth shark? Is it still a scientific mystery?Megamouth Shark

On the morning of March 30, fishermen casting their nets in the Burias Pass, a centrally located channel in the Philippine archipelago, got the catch—not to mention surprise—of their lives: a megamouth shark so rare that some people still consider it a “cryptid“, a creature that is seen so infrequently science can’t confirm its existence.

Japan European Union Tuna will be wiped out by 2012 if overfishing is not stopped, say environmental groups:Tunas at the Tsukiji Fish Market

Demand from Japan, where the fish is served as sushi, has seen the Mediterranean fishing fleet increase over the past decade.

Many of these boats use illegal spotter planes to track the tuna.

WWF said that the average size of mature tuna fish, which can weigh over half a ton, had more than halved since the 1990s. This has had a large impact on the population since bigger fish produced many more offspring.

In November, EU members were among those who signed an agreement setting bluefin quotas. The quotas were said by experts to be 47 per cent higher than recommended and were described as a disgrace.

polar bear tries to eat woman with seal on her head:

Polar Bear scares woman at aquariumAre polar bears an endangered species? I’m going to assume they are because I need an excuse to post this gif of a polar bear trying to eat a woman who is wearing a seal on her head. In other polar bear news,Newfoundland and Labrador polar bear strolls through Newfoundland town

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