Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

Aug 17, 2017

Wild otter filmed alive in first Japan sighting since 1979

A wild otter was caught on film on Nagasaki Prefecture's Tsushima Island in February, marking the first sighting of the mammal in Japan in 38 years, a University of the Ryukyus team said Thursday. It is not known whether the observed otter was a Japanese ...

Small sea sponge holds big promise against pancreatic cancer

/ Jul 27, 2017

Small sea sponge holds big promise against pancreatic cancer

A small dull-green sponge discovered in dark, icy waters of the Pacific off Alaska could be the first effective weapon against pancreatic cancer, researchers said Wednesday. Pancreatic cancer, with particularly aggressive tumors, is notoriously difficult to treat. "One would never have imagined, looking at this sponge, ...

Underwater music festival held at Florida reef

/ Jul 9, 2017

Underwater music festival held at Florida reef

A radio station's broadcast underwater in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Saturday attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who listened to music and announcements advocating reef preservation. The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef, part of the world's third-largest living ...

UNESCO declares China's Hoh Xil nature reserve a heritage site

Jul 8, 2017

UNESCO declares China's Hoh Xil nature reserve a heritage site

UNESCO on Friday declared the Hoh Xil nature reserve in China's Qinghai Province a natural heritage site in a controversial decision challenged by pro-Tibet activists. The Hoh Xil nature reserve, located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is home to over 200 animal species. More than 20 ...

T. rex had scales, not feathers, study says

/ Jun 7, 2017

T. rex had scales, not feathers, study says

Tyrannosaurus rex had scales, not feathers, a study Wednesday said, rescuing the dinosaur's reputation as a fearsome killer with a rough-and-tough hide. Recent research has claimed to provide evidence for feathers in ancestors of T. rex, and suggested the iconic carnivore may itself have sported ...

Unique reef fish 'kisses' take sting out of coral diet

/ Jun 6, 2017

Unique reef fish 'kisses' take sting out of coral diet

Featuring slime and suction, a kiss from a tubelip wrasse — a colorful reef fish — is no one's idea of romance. But it is perfectly suited for eating a hazardous diet using one of the animal kingdom's most unique feeding strategies. Scientists on Monday ...