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Today’s news: sharks are color blind, Russia doesn’t care about whales and more bad news

January 19, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Sharks are color blind. I guess when you’re a badass shark with sweet fins and sharp, intimidating teeth, colors don’t matter too much. A lab study published this week comes to the conclusion that sharks may not be able to see colors. Australian researchers studied 17 species and found that while sharks have super awesome night vision, they’re response to colors is pretty much non-existent. However, it probably doesn’t matter too much under the sea. (Discovery News).

Just leave me alone.

2. Feeding grounds of rare whales imperiled by Russia oil platform.A proposed oil platform in the Russian Far East could pose a significant risk to gray whales, since it’s right in the middle of their feeding grounds. There are only an estimated 130 Western North Pacific gray whales left. (Yale Environment)

3. Russia recruits giant snails to monitor air pollution. So Russia cares about air but not whales, interesting. A waterworks facility in Russia is using six Achatina snails, or giant African snails, to monitor pollution. The snails are fitted with tiny heart monitors and motion sensors and they will be monitored while they go about their tiny snail lives to determine pollution levels. The plan has, predictably, caused some controversy. (Treehugger)

4. Chimps bite off Nebraska zoo keeper’s fingers. In yet another story that shows that animals are wild and maybe we should just let them be, two chimpanzees attacked a zoo keeper and bit off two of her fingers. The keeper was petting the chimp which he apparently wasn’t crazy about. Then all hell broke loose. They should’ve just given him a stick and walked away. (MSNBC)

5. Mysterious deaths of big cats at Tehran zoo captivate nation. We have two bad zoo stories for you today, sorry. The Tehran Zoo remains closed after the killing of several big cats. Somewhere between 8 and 14 lions and tigers were shot in the head over the weekend, amid reports of a disease breaking out amongst the animals. All sorts of conflicting reports are coming from the zoo, who later retracted the story that they had been shot after hearing outrage from animal rights activists. Whatever really happened, this story is really sad and it ruined my morning. (LATimes)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011 2:17 pm

    Is it wrong that I don’t feel bad that the zookeeper’s finger was bitten off?

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