Zoology

Saving the Silverspot
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A team of scientists and land managers is racing to save a butterfly that depends on fragile coastal habitat.

Pinch Me
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In a Washington State lake, two of the most globally invasive crayfish species are duking it out. Should we step in?

Caller ID for Dolphins
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Researchers have developed an algorithm that identifies species by their calls and could help make population estimates.

For Sharks, Even Catch and Release Can Kill
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Conservation-minded fishermen are doing more damage than they intend.

Hawai‘i Is Being Overrun by Invasive Cannibals
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Hawai‘i’s invasive species are scavenging each other’s corpses, sustaining their takeover of the islands.

Snakes That Swim with Salmon
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Snakes’ wide-ranging diet and ability to slither into all manner of habitats lead to unexpected human-wildlife interactions.

What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?
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With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership...

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
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Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

Competition Pressured Killer Whales into Menopause
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Selfish daughters, not altruistic grandmothers, could explain the evolution of menopause.

The Surprising Side Effect of Anti-Anxiety Medication—on Salmon
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Salmon exposed to oxazepam migrate nearly twice as fast as their unmedicated counterparts. 

Saving a Coral Reef, One Transplant at a Time
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First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef
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Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

Glow-in-the-Dark, Inflatable Sharks Can Also Reproduce Asexually
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Because three superpowers are better than one.

Saving Birds from Oil Spills
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Some sources insist that most birds affected by an oil spill will die prematurely, even if they’ve been carefully cleaned. Two experts weigh in on...

What’s the True Scientific Value of Scientific Whaling?
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A new study shows that countries that participate in lethal scientific whaling do not produce superior scientific research. 

Elevating the Maine Scallop to Haute Cuisine
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Maine scallops are delicious, but lobsters get all the glory. One woman is on a quest to change that.

Two-Headed Shark Discovered in Spain
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A baby shark with twice the bite.

Seabirds’ Death-Defying Dives
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Some seabirds dive into water at astonishing speeds, so why don’t they hurt themselves?

Book Review: The Killer Whale Who Changed the World
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Author Mark Leiren-Young traces the killer whale’s trajectory from reviled to revered.

Living in a Bubble
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These five organisms find home in sea foam.

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