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Indonesia Busts Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Ring


and Releases Captive Whale Sharks.

Source: by Paul Hilton

Indonesian authorities just raided a major supplier of illegal marine megafauna in the remote Indonesian province of Maluku, discovering two illegally captured whale sharks which they released back into the wild. But there may be many more such cases in the Coral Triangle, as ocean theme parks in China and parts of Southeast Asia increase and seek out unique species to attract visitors. Award winning photojournalist Paul Hilton reports… Read more

September 20, 2016 |

Harlequin Shrimps

Harlequin Shrimps (Hymenocera picta) are beautiful creatures. Their shape is what makes them so distinctive. They look more like a blossoming flower than a shrimp… sometimes called clown or dancing shrimp – exhibit brilliant purple or blue polka-dot markings on their white bodies and blue and white stripped legs. Read more

September 16, 2016 |

Sea Sheep?


This Adorable Sea Slug Eats So Much Algae It Can Photosynthesize.

It’s a sheep! It’s a cow! No, it’s Costasiella kuroshimae (or ‘Leaf Sheep’ for short). This adorable little sea slug, whose beady eyes and cute feelers make it look like a cartoon sheep, feeds on algae – just like the real thing! Read more

September 15, 2016 |

Meet the sharks born before George Washington

A new study discovers sharks in Greenland can live up to be 400-years-old, making them the longest-living vertebrates on the planet.

” The Greenland shark has all the hallmarks of an animal that survives to extreme old age,” says Jelle Boonekamp of the Netherlands’ University of Groningen, who was not associated with the study. For starters, females can stretch 15 feet, which is longer than a station wagon. Those proportions mean the shark has few predators. Read more

September 10, 2016 |
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