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It looks to be a conservation success. About 50 years ago, the small island nation of Seychelles took steps to protect the Indian Ocean from whaling, and a new study shows that blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are spending months in the area where they had once been annihilated by Soviet hunters, according to the BBC. Humpbacks, fin whales, and blue whales filled the oceans at the beginning of the 1900s but were slaughtered by commercial whaling.
Two blue whales swimming side by side at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary | Credit: NOAA
They’ve been called an "ecological train wreck" and the most invasive animal on the planet. They’re roaming Canadian provinces close to the U.S. border, and their population is exploding.
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Often, you smell them before you see them. Skunks have a pungent way of warding off predators, who recognize the animals' famous white stripes and know to avoid them for fear of getting sprayed. So scientists wondered, if there were fewer threats around, would a skunk lose its stripe?
Illustration of variations of markings | Credit: Tim Caro/University of Bristol
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s three-month outlook is predicting above average temperatures with below average rainfall for November through January. The forecast could indicate more bushfires amid an on-going drought, which is tough news for residents and wildlife—especially koalas.
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