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Today’s news: dolphins talk like we do and Miami is destroying reefs

September 9, 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 saved from soup pot. A group of environmental activists in Thailand saved 60 baby sharks from becoming soup, for a little while at least. The group, Dive Tribe, bought the baby sharks from a Thai restaurant and released them back into the wild. Let’s hope the little guys stay away from humans and don’t get trapped again! (Discovery News)

2. Scientists call for ban on industrial deep-sea fishing. Scientists from around the world have released a report calling for a ban on industrial deep-sea fishing. The depletion of global fish stocks in shallow waters has led to increased fishing in deeper, unregulated waters. According to Elliott Norse, president of the Marine Conservation Institute says, “We’re now fishing in the worst places to fish. These things don’t come back.” (Yale 360)


3. Dolphins talk like humans. It was previously believed that dolphins whistled super-annoying like. (CI-Susan hates whistling). But it was recently discovered that they actually talk in a similar fashion to humans. If we figure out how dolphins talk, we may be able to communicate with them someday. We could someday talk to dolphins. Yes, we said it. (Discovery News)

4. Fears in Miami that port expansion will destroy reefs. Miami is preparing to dredge its port to accommodate huge boats, and environmentalists aren’t happy about it. They’re making a last-ditch effort to protect coral reefs and sea grass that will be harmed by the expansion. Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection is close to approving 600 days of blasting. (New York Times)

5. One cow per hectare in deforested Amazon. One surprising aspect of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is that huge portions of the rainforest are being cleared to raise cattle. 60 percent of the deforested area in the Amazon is used for grazing cattle, while only 5 percent is used for agriculture. An estimated 21 percent of land used for agriculture is abandoned. (Discovery News)

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 10, 2011 12:17 am

    Who would want to eat baby shark soup? A person without a soul, that’s who. So great those sharks were rescued, but it’s too bad that they needed to be rescued. Thanks for the great news roundup.

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