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Deaths of three golden eagles investigated by police

The deaths of three golden eagles in the Highlands of Scotland are being investigated by detectives.

Published:  12 May 2010

The eagles and a number of other birds of prey were found dead in the same area of East Sutherland during the past week.

They have been sent to Edinburgh for forensic analysis to establish whether the deaths were suspicious. It is not yet known whether the birds were poisoned.

Northern Constabulary officers are working on the investigation with the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.


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NEPTUNE undersea observatory off B.C. coast complete

Planet Earth

By Jeff Bell, Victoria Times Colonist

October 16, 2010 5:28 PM

Billed as the world's largest undersea cabled observatory, NEPTUNE consists of five main data-collection sites off the west coast of Vancouver Island. They are spread over an expanse of the ocean floor and connected by an 800-kilometre loop of fibre-optic cable.



 VICTORIA — After almost a decade of planning and installation, the planets have finally aligned for the NEPTUNE* Canada project.

 Billed as the world's largest undersea cabled observatory, NEPTUNE consists of five main data-collection sites off the west coast of Vancouver Island. They are spread over an expanse of the ocean floor and connected by an 800-kilometre loop of fibre-optic cable.

The final link in the NEPTUNE chain was completed this week at Endeavour Ridge, a volcanically active area of undersea mountains about 300 kilometres from land. The node there has been outfitted with instruments and the final lengths of cable have been laid, essentially completing the data network.

 The installation team has just returned from a month at sea.

 "This is sort of the end of the beginning. It's going to be constantly evolving and growing over the next 25 years," said NEPTUNE Canada's Mairi Best.

It's now poised to bring in more than 60 terabytes of data in the next quarter-century — the equivalent of the text contained in about 60 million books — yielding information about biological, chemical and geological processes, which can be applied to all manner of research.

 *North-East Pacific Time-Series Underwater Networked Experiments.

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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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