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The contribution of ecotourism to local economies is surprisingly large. In fact, in the case of the manta ray, one study estimated that tourism contributes $140 million dollars per year, whilst the harvesting of manta rays for consumption brings in a measly $5 million dollars per year. And if that doesn’t put people off fishing them, perhaps heavy metal poisoning would? Essumang (2010) determined that manta ray meat regularly contains dangerous levels of Arsenic.

Photo by Jackie Reid (PD)

See: O’ Malley, M. et al, (2013), The Global Economic Impact of Manta Ray Watching Tourism, PLOS ONE.

Also See: Essumang, D., (2010), Analysis and Human Health Risk Assessment of Arsenic, Cadmium, and Mercury in Manta Birostris (Manta Ray) Caught Along the Ghanaian Coastline, Taylor and Francis Online, Volume 15, Issue 5.


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New Study Helps to Explain How Dinosaurs Got their Wings (Everything Dinosaur)

“These findings eliminate persistent doubts that existed over exactly how the bones of the wrist evolved and iron out arguments about wrist development being incompatible with birds originating from dinosaurs.”

Picture 1 credit: Davide Bonadonna

Picture 2 credit: PLoS Biology (link to the original article)

All these Pro-Palestinians defending Palestine

Yet they have not one single true fact backing them up. Israel is unrestrained? They call, text, and drop leaflets before an attack since 2006. Hamas uses schools, Mosques, and homes to store and fire weapons on civilian locations. You want to talk about restraint?

President William J. Clinton presides over the historic handshake of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat during the Middle East Peace Agreement signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, September 13, 1993.

Photograph at the Middle East Peace Agreement Ceremony, 09/13/1993. Vince Musi, Photographer.  From the series: Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration, 01/20/1993 - 01/20/2001

via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library