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New species of fish discovered in ocean's deepest depths

By Hilary Duncanson
Friday, 15 October 2010

A new species has been discovered in a part of the ocean previously thought to be entirely free of fish, scientists said yesterday.

Mass groupings of cusk-eels and large crustacean scavengers were also discovered living at these depths for the first time, scientists said. The findings, in one of the deepest places on the planet, were made by a team of marine biologists from the University of Aberdeen and experts from Japan and New Zealand.

Click Picture for larger viewThe snailfish was found living at a depth of 7,000m in a trench in the South East Pacific Ocean, which was previously thought to be free of fish


 The team took part in a three-week expedition, during which they used deep-sea imaging technology to take 6,000 pictures at depths between 4,500m and 8,000m within the trench.

The mission was the seventh to take place as part of HADEEP, a collaborative research project between the University of Aberdeen's Oceanlab and the University of Tokyo's Ocean Research Institute, supported by New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA).


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N.S. bounty on coyotes to begin

Wildlife News

 When David Hancock does his presentation about bald eagles, he tells the sad, sad tale of the near eradication of eagles in the Pacific Northwest by governments who considered them vermin and paid a bounty for each pair of talons turned in. I thought those days were long gone ... 


SYDNEY, N.S. - A coyote bounty begins Friday in Nova Scotia after provincewide reports of aggressive encounters, including a fatal attack on a young woman in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The province will pay licensed trappers $20 per pelt and is training 15 trappers to specifically target coyotes that have lost their fear of humans.

Provincial biologist Mike Boudreau said that in cases of coyote aggression, the province will trap on Crown and private lands after first seeking approval of the landowner.

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Seagull Deaths at San Francisco Port

Wildlife News 

By: Katie Worth
Examiner Staff Writer
October 12, 2010

Bay Area biologists are working together to figure out why so many seagulls have been found dead this year near Pier 94. (AP file photo)

A sharp increase in dead seagulls found on three acres of Port of San Francisco land has city and state officials launching an investigation into why the birds are dying.

Occasional dead birds have shown up in years past at the land near Pier 94 just south of Cesar Chavez Street. In the past year, however, the number has taken an abrupt and mysterious flight upward.

Biologists from the Port of San Francisco, Animal Care and Control, the state Department of Fish and Game, and the Golden Gate Audubon Society are working together to get to the bottom of the matter.

Some of the birds were found with animal grease on their bodies, which soaks through feathers and makes them vulnerable to water and cold. Oiled birds commonly die of hypothermia, said Jay Holcomb of the Fairfield-based International Bird Rescue Research Center.

Holcomb said that California Fish and Game biologists are investigating whether the birds may be somehow finding a way into the animal rendering plant owned by Darling International. The facility processes hundreds of millions of tons of animal fat, bones and other products each year into tallow, which is then sold to soap and cosmetics manufacturers or turned into animal food.


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Chile Creates Marine Reserve

Planet Earth

We were hoping this day would come, and today, it did!

In a huge victory this morning for Chile’s marine health and our Chilean colleagues, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera announced the creation of Sala y Gómez Marine Park, a no-take marine reserve of 150,000 square kilometers around Sala y Gómez island.

Sala y Gómez is an uninhabited island that’s part of a biodiverse chain of seamounts that are vulnerable to fishing activity. Dr. Enric Sala, marine ecologist and National Geographic Ocean Fellow, called Sala y Gómez “one of the last undisturbed and relatively pristine places left in the ocean.”


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Surfers asked to help keep eye on Ocean Park eagles



The activities of a pair of bald eagles that have long enraptured Ocean Park residents will soon be viewable online.

David Hancock of Hancock Wildlife Foundation confirmed last week he installed two eagle cams at the top of a tall evergreen on a private Ocean Park property Sept. 16.

The cameras are expected to go live with a high-definition feed on the Internet “toward the end of October.”

While reluctant to go into too much detail about the site – as the property owner is out of town – Hancock said concerns raised by area residents about recent heavy-equipment activity near the nest are unfounded.

“We weren’t destroying it. Quite the contrary,” he said of workers seen hoisted by crane to the nesting site. “It’s all part of a fairly big project, and our long-term project, of helping eagles recover in this area.

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