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A rescue team from SeaWorld struggles for hours to free a young humpback whale trapped in a shark net near Coolangatta on the Gold Coast on 8 September 2021. The whale calf is surrounded by an escort of four protective adult humpbacks, making the rescue incredibly dangerous for both humans and whales
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It has been a big breeding season for the Christmas Island red crabs (Gecarcoidea natalis). After the adult crabs spawned in the sea at the end of 2021, the baby crabs are trekking back to the forest in record numbers.
Some years all of the baby crabs vanish and are never seen again, but on special years when the weather and currents are just right, the island wakes one morning to find the coastline smothered in a living red carpet of tiny baby crabs.
Early 2022 has seen one of the biggest baby crab returns ever documented.Continue reading...
Exclusive: ‘Shocked and concerned’ US government scientists say heat stress over Australia’s ocean jewel is unprecedented
Temperatures over the Great Barrier Reef in December were the highest on record with “alarming” levels of heat that have put the ocean jewel on the verge of another mass bleaching of corals, according to analysis from US government scientists seen by Guardian Australia.
On Friday the Morrison government announced $1bn for reef conservation over the next nine years if it wins the next election – a pledge branded by some as a cynical attempt to stop the reef being placed on the world heritage “in danger” list at a meeting in July.Continue reading...
In the past half century, North America has lost a fourth of its birds. Earth is now a coalmine, and every wild bird is a canary
When the poet Mary Oliver wrote “Instructions for living a life,” she reminded us: “Pay attention. Be astounded. Tell about it.”
This past autumn, wildlife officials announced that a bird, a male bar-tailed godwit, flew nonstop across the Pacific Ocean 8,100 miles from Alaska to Australia in just under 10 days. Fitted with a small solar-powered satellite tag, the godwit achieved “a land bird flight record”. But of course godwits have been doing this for centuries. Come next April-May, all things well, determined godwits will make the trip in reverse, bound for Alaska to nest and raise their young.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
A frequent contributor to the Guardian, Kim Heacox is the author of many books, including The Only Kayak, a memoir, and Jimmy Bluefeather, a novel, both winners of the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Alaska. His favorite bird is whichever one he’s watchingContinue reading...
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a big-headed frog, a relocated rhino and a hungry swanContinue reading...
Savings come largely from efficient electrical appliances and boilers but insulation could halve future bills
Energy efficiency measures have already saved the average British household about £1,000 a year in energy bills, and further insulation and home improvements could halve future bills, analysis has shown.
But the future savings are unlikely to be realised unless the government focuses swiftly on insulation, as the savings to date have come largely from efficiency improvements in electrical appliances and boilers, which will not be repeated.Continue reading...
North Yorkshire fishers found pots heavy not with brown crab but with prized invader
Invasive king crabs have made their way to British shores, sparking fears that local brown crab and scallop populations could be decimated.
This week, fishers in North Yorkshire found their pots heavy not with brown crab, but with the bright-red invader with long, spindly legs prized for their sweet flesh. London restaurants have already snapped up the haul, ready for weekend menus.Continue reading...
New restrictions on administering drugs to healthy animals come into force across EU to tackle critical overuse, but UK fails to follow suit
The reputation of British farming is at risk after its failure to follow the EU in curbing the overuse of antibiotics in healthy animals, say campaigners.
Antibiotic use is the main driver of antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest threats to human and animal health. Reducing its use in farming is seen as critical, with about two-thirds of antibiotics globally given to animals.
From today [28 January], a ban on the administration of antibiotics to groups of healthy animals comes into force across the EU.
As a result, European farmers will be able to use antibiotics only as a preventive measure only in exceptional cases when there is a high risk of infectious disease, and then only with individual animals.