Florida’s Three Sisters Springs Shut Down by Hundreds of Manatees 

by Anna Norris

As temperatures have dipped lower than usual for this time of year, a popular swimming spot in Florida was forced to close on Monday after a group of about 300 manatees congregated at Three Sisters Springs to enjoy the balmy waters.

Like penguins, manatees form huddles in the warm springs when the temperatures are a bit too cold for their liking. The Crystal River park closed to allow the manatees to rest undisturbed.

“We have a record number this year,” Laura Ruettiman, an environmental education guide at Three Sisters Springs, told USA Today. “We have 150 more manatees here than have ever been recorded in the past…”

(read more: The Weather Channel)

photos: USFWS, Keith Ramos, and the U.S. Geological Survey

Wolves Have 21 Distinct Howling ‘Dialects’

Researchers have for the first time translated the different howling dialects of wolves. A new study from the University of Cambridge suggests that the animals’ “accents” or “vocal fingerprints” largely depend on breed and location.

A total of 21 howl types were identified based on pitch and fluctuation and then assigned to specific subspecies of wolf, as well as jackals and domestic dogs. For example, the howling repertoire of the timber wolf is heavy with low, flat howls, while the critically endangered red wolf has a high, looping howl. Researchers believe their findings may help conservationists protect certain subspecies, and even shed light on the earliest evolution of human language.

“Wolves may not be close to us taxonomically, but ecologically their behavior in a social structure is remarkably close to that of humans. That’s why we domesticated dogs – they are very similar to us,” lead researcher Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, from Cambridge’s Department of Zoology, said a news release.

Their study was recently published in the journal Behavioural Processes

Researchers have identified several different dialects of wolves, coyotes and dogs.  (Photo : Flickr: Fool4myCanon) 

Thank you Giveaway!

I’ve reached a nice milestone number of followers (who are you people??) and I’ve been waiting for this poster to become available so I can celebrate.

I’m giving away two (2)  Carlyle a Day posters made by the always awesome and super talented @gameoftywinning!

Originally posted by xxweevilwitchxx


1. Please don’t enter if you can’t give me a mailing address. Please, I’m begging you. Please, please, please, please.

2. Just one (1) reblog per person needed.

3. The contest will be over at 11:59 Monday the 15th and I will draw the names the following Tuesday using a random number generator.

4. If, in the unlikely event that the same name is drawn for both posters, I’ll discreetly draw another one and not tell a soul. You’ll never even know. Promise.

Want to see more of @gameoftywinning‘s products? You should! Side note, @thenaughtyscandalousscorpio was wearing the Barney shirt last Saturday and it looked fabulous. And so did Scorpio. ;)

Have fun and good luck!

Originally posted by boushh2187

I am serious about only entering if you can give me an address. It doesn’t have to be your house address, but it has to be some place where I can get it to you. Please, please, please, please. I’m still sitting on two necklaces because two people never got back to my messages about where to send them. It’s disheartening.

Petition Drive Launched to Stop Wolf Killings Near Yellowstone

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. - Protected gray wolves from Yellowstone National Park are being trapped or shot once they step over the border into Montana and Idaho, so wildlife groups have launched a petition to stop it. The nonprofit Endangered Species Coalition started an online petition Wednesday calling on wildlife officials in those states to create a no-kill buffer zone along the perimeter of the park.


Satu, a highly endangered Sumatran male tiger cub born at Zoo Miami on Nov 14 2015 by Francisco Herrera
Via Flickr:
Zoo Miami

punchdrunkdoc asked:

I'm loving your complete lack of chill over the STUPID and INFURIATING baby mama storyline. What, if anything, do you think the show can do to redeem it?

I haven’t exactly been mincing words, have I? :)

I don’t know that Arrow necessarily can redeem the plot just because of how nonsensical it is. I can’t get over how absurd it is that Oliver would willingly visit William given how he’s been courting danger with Damien Darhk as both Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow. I can’t get past how preposterous it is that Samantha would let Oliver anywhere near William when Oliver’s fiancee has recently been paralyzed from the waist down because she happened to be with him during an assassination attempt. It just doesn’t make sense, and that’s what irritates me. I’ll suspend disbelief about magic and assassins and aliens all day long, but don’t try to sell characters to me as good parents if they would endanger their kid like this. 

I do believe that Oliver is redeemable, but an awful lot depends on how the show handles his reaction to the truth coming out. He needs to learn from what he’s done wrong and show growth from dealing with the consequences. His misstep in this case isn’t one tiny thing going wrong, and I truly believe that he’ll need to step back from trying to build a future with Felicity. This lie is a perfect storm of separate bad decisions; for his own sake, Oliver will need to correct the behavior that led to each one before he tries to be somebody’s partner in life. 

In order for the overall storyline to be redeemed, then the focus of the storyline needs to not be on Olicity. The focus needs to be on Oliver because Oliver is the problem that needs fixing before anything else, and it can’t happen overnight. 

Or, alternately, somebody could show up at my house with a real copy of 4x12 and tell me that the episode that I saw that featured Oliver mentioning trips to Central City was a very elaborate prank and all is actually well. I’m on board with that happening as well. 

Ikoto is enjoying some extra enrichment!  The wind chimes act as an auditory enrichment presenting him with a new stimulus.  The wind chimes were also with his buddy Merlot earlier in the day, so you can see Ikoto smelling the individual chimes.  The combined olfactory and auditory novelty create a fun toy for our lemurs!

dolph-lundgren asked:

i never had to dissect a mullet in school bc theyre an endangered species, also, imo snake shoulda suplexed the fuck outta big boss but im mot kojima

Tbh I’m still hoping for a remake of the msx metal gear 1 and 2 just so we can see big boss/venom snake get suplexed by our boi

Is Lilo and Stitch part of the Descendants Universe/Auradon?

If so, are they part of the United States of Auradon, or is Hawaii its own independent state/country?

I’d say it would be the latter, because in Lilo and Stitch, just the original movie has a select part of the human race in the know that aliens exist, and have been enforcing intergalactic treaties like the preservation of the endangered species, the Aedes aegypti or as it is more commonly known, the “mosquito.” (Though, I suppose, only from foreign invasion or poaching, as the native species are perfectly able to hunt them and decide their fate, as is their right as a natural part of the ecosystem.)

When you combine aliens, high tech technology, and magic, you’re bound to have a recipe for disaster and serious culture shock. Imagine being someone brought in from London: not only do you have to contend with the fact that transdimensional uniting magic done by fairies and other supernatural creatures exist like literal gods and goddesses; and so does alternate universes where there are ghosts, dragons, and people that live in ages long past; and that your earth is magically getting melded with other earths throughout the multiverse into a super earth; you also have to deal with the fact that aliens exist, and these guys are potentially melding several other galaxies worth of intergalactic races with them.

Just imagining the sheer number of aliens and interspecies, intergalactic, transdimensional treaties that had to be drafted makes my head spin.

In the Descendants universe, for the sake of convenient, easy explanation, I’d say that Hawaii has, once again, become a tourist destination for every single sightseer out there, except many times, they’re aliens. Border patrol is incredibly strict with an orbital defense system keeping Auradon and the other states safe (they’re excluded from the “magic” treaty, as even if their engines and weapons run on magic-like powers, they could scientifically explain it*), and getting a pass onto Hawaii is real hell, but many species consider the challenge of the screening process half the fun.

The place has never been better, actually. The locals get free reign to practice their culture alongside getting many laws that are in favour of them (no buying out their lands, priority to local employment, freedom to practice their customs without foreign interference and legal and law enforcement assistance in case someone breaches it), for any alien tourists to have gotten here, they must already have been some of the most meticulous, careful, and polite of them all, and all the aliens that settled into Hawaii (i.e. Dr. Jumba, Pleakley, Stitch and all his “cousins) were given citizenship and the right to stay there, as the new laws on Auradon/Hawaiian citizenship are not retroactive.

Most all of Auradon just prefers to stay away from that place and vacation in Neverland, however, as many locals and even the new generation would rather keep the weirdness to a low, low level…

* “We think this starship will run and so it does.” “But it doesn’t even have any fuel. And this engine is just a giant metal sculpture that LOOKS like one, but doesn’t actually have any energy-changing mechanisms!” “But we think it will run, so it does!”

The Binturong, Arctictis binturong

The Binturong of South and Southeast Asia is primarily arboreal but is a bit clumsy, good at climbing but not leaping, and awkward on the ground.  Its nickname is bearcat, but it’s not a bear or a cat;  it’s a primitive mammal also called a civet or genet.  The tail is prehensile. 

Classified by the IUCN as vulnerable to extinction, the Binturong faces the typical perils brought on by human activity — deforestation and habitat loss, and hunting for food, fur, and the pet trade.  They’re not particularly small animals;  in captivity they can weight up to 70 pounds.  Their anti-predatory defenses allow them to fend for themselves quite well in the wild, but like all wildlife, the Binturong are basically defenseless when encountering humans.

India included the Binturong in CITES Appendix III, and it is listed as critically endangered on the China Red List.  In Malaysia, where the indigenous people keep Binturongs as pets, the animal is protected.


(W) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo (CA) Butch Guice

The Emperikul have arrived, leaving universes purged of magic in their wake. Their next target? The Marvel Universe. And with Doctor Strange weakened beyond measure? We don’t have a chance!


(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Humberto Ramos (CA) Ken Lashley

Mutantkind is an endangered species once more. But what better way to ensure your people see the future…than to skip ahead right to it? As the mutant race’s last hope is jettisoned into the time stream, the Extraordinary X-Men make a startling discovery: the fate of their kind is about to fall into the hands of one of their most formidable adversaries - the immortal APOCALYPSE. Now, the X-Men race into a perilous future, desperate to reclaim what was taken from them…and completely unaware of the horrors that await them.


(W) Brockton McKinney (A) Sergio Rios (CA) Dan Mendoza

Gingerdead Man returns on a bloody killing spree and it’s up to a feisty barista named Kayla to stop him. But with a pile of dead bodies in his wake, can anyone stop the hell-bound dough boy? And who are the Mini-Gingers, and why are there so damn many of them?

(W) Brockton McKinney (A) Sergio Rios (CA)   Photo

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Cu Rua, the world’s most important turtle, has died

Cu Rua, a rare Yangtze giant softshell turtle living in Vietnam, was found dead Tuesday after its body floated up to the surface of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake. Thought to be over 100, its death brings the worldwide population of the rare turtle to three. For locals, the turtle’s demise hit hard.

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Tuatara Hatchling at UK’s Chester Zoo


Our keepers have hatched the first ever tuatara outside of their native New Zealand - a successful breeding that has taken several decades to achieve.

The tuatara is one of the world’s oldest living species and is believed to have pre-dated the dinosaurs, having been on the planet for more than 225 million years.

Around 70 million years ago they became extinct everywhere except New Zealand, where it now has iconic status.

Our achievements in successfully hatching the tuatara - and all of the intricate skills developed along the way - give us confidence that we can help save highly threatened species such as mountain chicken frogs and Bermudan skinks from extinction in the wild.

(via: Chester Zoo)