Are These Creatures Dolphins, Or Porpoises?
A Dolphin And A Porpoise Are Similar—But Also Different. Here’s How To Tell Them Apart
The names “dolphin” and “porpoise” are often used interchangeably. And no wonder: to human eyes these two sea creatures look and act very much alike. However, there are some major differences in both appearance and behavior. In addition, they belong to two distinct families of Cetaceans—the scientific order that includes dolphins, whales, and porpoises. Within the Cetacean order, the six species of porpoise are part of the Phocoenidae family, while the 32 oceanic dolphin species are Delphinidae. [click to continue…]
The Hammerhead Is One Of The 10 Most Dangerous Sharks. Photo: Rodtico21
A List And Map Of Every Reported Attack By Sharks Against Humans In The Last 500 Years!
The idea of getting attacked by a shark is frightening to most of us who live near the ocean. However, shark attacks are actually very rare occurrences—and fatal shark attacks are even rarer still.
In addition, only a few species of shark have been known to bite people with any frequency. Elsewhere on All About Wildlife, you’ll find a list of The 10 Most Dangerous Sharks.
According to the National Shark Attack Files, 2,665 attacks by sharks on people have been reported since 1580. Of those attacks, fewer than 500 have proven fatal. [click to continue…]
Yes, Concern Is Called For. But Some Moose Populations Are Increasing. Photo: USF&W
Or At Least, Not Yet. Despite Media Hysteria, Populations Remain Healthy In Many Places.
The moose, more than any other mammal aside from the musk ox, looks like something the glaciers forgot to take with them when they retreated North at the end of the last Ice Age. And in fact, this largest member of the deer family dwells most comfortably in some of the coldest, snowiest zones of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Recent, sharp declines in a number of North American moose populations have triggered a flurry of alarming media reports implying that global climate change is pushing the species toward catastrophe. For instance, an October 14, 2013 article in The New York Times opens with the words, “Across North America — in places as far-flung as Montana and British Columbia, New Hampshire and Minnesota — moose populations are in steep decline. And no one is sure why.” [click to continue…]
Critically Endangered Species: The Western Lowland Gorilla. Photo:Jack Hynes
Our Ten Most Endangered Animals For 2014
We’ve made just one change to All About Wildlife’s Top 10 List of Endangered Species for 2014. Our updated Ten Most Endangered Animals list is now available for your viewing.
As with any Top 10 list, in order to add something to it, something had to be taken away. In this case we have placed the lowland gorilla on our auxiliary list with its close cousin, the mountain gorilla—which the lowland gorilla itself replaced on our Top Ten list several years ago. Moving into the Number 6 position on our Top Ten Most Endangered Species List is the saola, a hoofed rainforest animal so seldom seen it’s been called the “Asian unicorn.” [click to continue…]
n this amazing wildlife video, a red fox in North Dakota hunts for mice beneath three feet of snow. He locates a mouse using his extremely keen sense of hearing—but according to scientists the hunter has other more “high tech” tools at his disposal as well. [click to continue…]
An All About Wildlife Book Review
We read T. DeLene Beeland’s The Secret World of Red Wolves a few months back, enjoyed it as well as learned a great deal from it—and then got caught up in other things. But this is too fine a book to let it go by without at least a year-end mention here on All About Wildlife.
Beeland’s book is subtitled “The Fight to Save North America’s Other Wolf,” and as you may know, the red wolf (Canis rufus) represents one of the world’s earliest and biggest successes in the captive breeding and reintroduction to the wild of a critically endangered species. Once common throughout the Southeastern U.S. from southern Pennsylvania to Texas, by the 1970s red wolves had dwindled to no more than a few dozen individuals scattered along Texas’ Gulf Coast. In the first American effort of its kind, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service trapped fewer than 20 of the remaining animals—thereby rendering the species functionally extinct in the wild—and began breeding them in zoos and wildlife parks. So well did captive breeding work that a wild population of red wolves was eventually reestablished in a remote area of North Carolina, with a current population of over 100. [click to continue…]
A Clam Similar To This One Was The World’s Oldest Creature. Photo: Hans Hillewaert
Ming, A Clam From Iceland, Was The Oldest Animal On Earth. Then Scientists Found Him.
No, they didn’t dip him in melted butter. Nonetheless, humans put an end to the long reign of Ming, an ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) clam from the North Atlantic who until his untimely demise may have been the oldest animal on the planet.
Ming—named for the Chinese dynasty that was flourishing at the time he was spawned—died in 2006 after British researchers found him and cut him open to determine his age. (In the scientists’ defense, they didn’t know how incredibly ancient he was until they looked inside his shell.) At the time, he was thought to be a little over 400 years old, which still qualified him as the oldest individual animal known to science. [click to continue…]