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Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

Technology
The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown. The turtle died Saturday afternoon, the Suzhou city government said in a statement, citing the zoo. It said experts have already used technology to collect the turtle's ovarian tissue for future research. The state-run People's Daily reported that the turtle was over 90 years old and had undergone a fifth attempt at artificial insemination shortly before she died. A medical examination found the turtle to be...
Pangolins: Rare insight into world's most trafficked mammal

Pangolins: Rare insight into world's most trafficked mammal

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The secret life of the world's most trafficked mammal, the pangolin, has been caught on camera in Africa.Footage gives a rare insight into the behaviour of the giant pangolin, the largest of all the scaly animals.Observed by remote-operated cameras, a baby takes a ride on its mother's back, while an adult climbs a tree.Scientists are releasing the footage to highlight the plight of the animals, which are being pushed to extinction by illegal hunting for scales and meat.Large numbers of their scales have been seized this month alone, including Malaysia's biggest-ever interception of smuggled pangolin products.The images and video clips of giant pangolins, one of four species in Africa, were taken at ...
Rare Bryde's whale washes ashore in Everglades National Park

Rare Bryde's whale washes ashore in Everglades National Park

Science
Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The carcass of a rare Bryde's whale washed ashore in the Everglades this week. According to a Twitter post by Everglades National Park, the deceased whale was recovered on Wednesday and taken to Flamingo, the park's southernmost headquarters. Scientists with the Federal Marine Mammal Stranding Network performed a necropsy but were unable to determine a cause of death. The whale that washed ashore was a young adult male. He measured 38 feet in length. "The species is the only year-round resident baleen whale in the Gulf of Mexico," the park's Twitter account announced in an update. They are the only resident baleen whale in the Gulf of Mexico and are distinct from Bryde's whales worldwide. The species, Balaenoptera brydei, is a member of the "great whales," or rorquals, the...
Sightings suggest rare angel sharks are living off the coast of Wales

Sightings suggest rare angel sharks are living off the coast of Wales

Science
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Numerous sightings suggest a population of Atlantic angel sharks, one of the world's rarest shark species, is living off the coast of Wales. The waters surrounding Spain's Canary Islands are the only confirmed safe haven for the endangered species, Squatina squatina. But sightings on several fishing boats suggest there are several angel sharks living just off the Welsh coast. In recent years, a few fishing boats have accidentally caught angel shark specimens. The flat-shaped bottom-dweller was once abundant in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, but the population shrank as a result of habitat disturbance and pollution. Many angel sharks were also accidentally caught and killed by commercial fishing boats using gill nets. The species, a member of a unique and ancient shark li...