June 26, 2019

Lions are not impressed with Japan zoo’s mock lion escape drill, but we are

By Sasha Lekach From Mashable To prepare for the worst, the Tobe Zoo in Japan put a staff member in a lion suit. In the event of an earthquake or some other incident that leads to lions escaping their enclosure, the zoo is prepared to handle the situation, according to a translated article from the […]

Dog-agility event

Things get fast and furry-ous at ‘signature’ dog-agility event By Shawn Gibson From Barrie Today The dog days of summer are just that for more than 50 canines competing in the local leg of a U.S. national championship to determine the top agility dog. The United States Dog Agility Association’s (USDAA) Eastern Canada Regional Championship took place this […]

The world’s ugliest dog for 2019 is a real Scamp

By Adam Rosenberg From Mashable Can you believe it’s been an entire year since the bulky English bulldog Zsa Zsa was crowned as the World’s Ugliest Dog for 2018? Well, here we are. It’s June 2019 and the latest edition of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition was decided on Friday. And the winner is… Scamp the Tramp. […]

Study: Beagles sniff out early lung cancer

By Cathy Burke From Newsmax Beagles were able to detect early lung cancer by scent in blood serum samples with 97% accuracy, researchers say. In a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the researchers concluded the dogs’ highly developed olfactory systems could ultimately be used to identify biomarkers associated with various types of […]

The Editor speaks: The case for culling and maybe one for cooking [eggs]?

When we hear the word ‘culling’ it often makes us react almost violently against its use no matter what the reasons are. Especially in biology. Every animal has the right to exist. So what exactly is “culling”? According to Wikipedia: “In biology, culling is the process of segregating organisms from a group according to desired […]

Fisheries Ministers underscore need for urgent response to Sargassum scourge and IUU fishing

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 (CRFM)—Caribbean Fisheries Ministers who met for two days last week in Saint Kitts and Nevis have underscored the need for the region to take urgent action to address the ongoing Sargassum scourge, as well as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing—two of the most pressing challenges responsible for […]

CCMI’s next Reef Lecture: 25th June 2019

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) is hosting the next event in the 2019 Reef Lecture series on Tuesday, 25th June at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. The topic for the evening will be ‘Important Fish on the Reef: What do you Think?’, presented by Dr. Claire Dell. For the past two years, Dr. […]

Chimpanzee meat being served as a delicacy in the UK and US

By Susan Bird from Care2 If you’re attending a ritzy event in the U.K., pay attention to the meat being served. Some high-end private events in Britain are offering chimpanzee meat as a “delicacy.” That’s bizarre, illegal and dangerous, primate experts say. This isn’t just a U.K. problem, by the way. Customs officials revealed a few weeks […]

Atlantic Ocean ‘running out of breath’

By Ken Macdonald From BBC A huge international research programme has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet’s second largest ocean. It involves more than 30 partners, funded by the EU, and is being co-ordinated by Edinburgh University. The scientists will […]

Dolphins dying along Gulf Coast at triple normal rate

By Lily Puckett From Independent UK The 2010 BP oil spill and major flooding the Midwest are thought to be the causes At least 279 dolphins have been found stranded along the Gulf Coast since February this year, three times the rate of dolphins that typically wash ashore. About 98 per cent of those dolphins have died. Scientists […]