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We’ve lost more than half the world’s wildlife since 1970

Wildlife populations around the world have declined by more than half since the 1970s, with elephants, wolves and salamanders among the creatures affected, and human activity is largely to blame, a new environmental report warns.

The numbers of mammals, birds and fish fell an average of 58% between 1970 and 2012, the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said in The Living Planet report published Thursday.

Ken Norris, director of science at ZSL, said human behavior continues to drive the decline, particularly in freshwater habitats.

(Photo credit: Nayan Khanolkar, Paul Hilton, Valter Binotto) 

Boo! An oyster toadfish lies in wait, camouflaged in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Oyster toadfish are peculiar looking fish, and exhibit some interesting behaviors as well. During the spawning season (April to October), male oyster toadfish will emit a call to attract females that sounds somewhat like a foghorn. This call can be heard over long distances, beckoning female toadfish to come say hello. 

(Photo: Emily Aiken)


The pointy-nosed blue chimaera Hydrolagus trolli   

This video describes video observations of Hydrolagus cf trolli, the pointy-nosed blue ratfish, from the Northeast Pacific ocean. These observations represent a range extension for the species and are the first ever of this animal alive, in its own habitat. The species was first described from specimens collected off New Caledonia, in 2002. It was named in honor of Alaskan artist Ray Troll because of his fascination and appreciation for this strange group of fishes known as chimaeras.

For more information visit:
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute:
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories:
Pacific Shark Research Center: 

(via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)