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Today’s news: jellyfish are taking over, a new dolphin species, and more

September 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. Jellyfish are taking over the seas. Overfishing has left a big opening in the oceans for top predator and jellyfish are moving right in to fill it. Jellyfish are getting larger and becoming better predators. Some can eat their weight in crustacean prey. (Discovery News)

2. Emu chicks freed from Sydney prison. The adorable emu chicks have a new home outside of the big house. As part of a prisoner rehabilitation program in Sydney, the chicks were taken care of by inmates but have now been released to a wildlife sanctuary in Sydney. (MSNBC)

3. New species of dolphins discovered in Australia. Researchers down under say they have identified a new species of dolphin for the first time in over a hundred years. It’s believed that they are on found in certain waters around Australia, and there might be as few as 150 of the dolphins in existence. The dolphins have been spotted before, but it was believed that they were bottlenosed dolphins rather than their own species. (Treehugger)

Our hearts hurt.

4. Ugly anteater being wiped out by smugglers. Well that’s pretty rude! We think he might fall into the “so ugly he’s sort of cute” catagory, but that’s really neither here nor there – animal smuggling is always bad. The anteater, called the pangolin, is now only found in parts of Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and India when they were once widespread. There is an increased interest in the pangolin’s meat because people in China believe it can cure a vast array of ailments and increase sex drive. (MSNBC)

5. Baby rhino rescued from tree. After poachers killed the rhino’s mom, the baby was found stuck in a tree. Good samaritans worked for half an hour to get the crying rhino out from the tree and to a vet. (Discovery News)

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