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Colossal Squid to come out of the Freezer

Interest in the dissection from the wider scientific community, never mind the public, is likely to be huge. The thawing and subsequent dissection will feature in a live webcast.

Technicians in New Zealand have postponed until Monday the delicate process of defrosting a colossal squid caught in Antarctic waters last year.

The Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni specimen, caught in February in Antarctic waters, is 10m (33ft) long and weighs over half a tonne.
The riddle for technicians at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa centre has been how to thaw the squid without any parts of its body starting to rot.

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Scientists finally see Rumored White Orca

By MARY PEMBERTON
The Associated Press

(03/07/08 01:37:34)

A white killer whale spotted in Alaska's Aleutian Islands sent researchers and their ship's crew scrambling for their cameras.The nearly mythic whale was real after all.

"I had heard about this whale but we had never been able to find it," said Holly Fearnbach, a research biologist with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle who photographed the rarity. "It was quite neat to find it."

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Rare Spoon-billed Sandpipers

Spoon-billed Sandpipers
They are rare and endangered, but new hope was generated when 84 Spoon-billed Sandpipers were discovered along a coastal stretch of Myanmar.
!4 February 2008, Yahoo Science
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080214/ap_on_sc/myanmar_sandpiper_discovery;_ylt=AgNk9j2QnIU4DpE7rg9zMN8PLBIF
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'Bizarre' new mammal discovered.

'Bizarre' new mammal discovered.

By Rebecca Morelle

Science reporter, BBC News


A new species of mammal has been discovered in the mountains of Tanzania, scientists report.


The bizarre-looking creature, dubbed Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, is a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi.


The cat-sized animal, which is reported in the Journal of Zoology, looks like a cross between a miniature antelope and a small anteater.


It has a grey face, a long, flexible snout, a bulky, amber body, a jet-black rump and it stands on spindly legs.


"This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career," said Galen Rathbun, from the California Academy of Sciences, who helped to confirm the animal was new to science along with an international team of colleagues.

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