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Today’s news: overfishing leads to huge problems and adorable tiger cubs

September 28, 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. Piranhas attacking beachgoers in Brazil. While piranhas are not nearly as dangerous as some legends would have you believe, they have attacked more than 100 people on a beach in the Brazilian state of Piaui. Researchers believe there is a surplus of piranhas in the area and are trying to combat the problem before it gets out of hand. (Discovery News)

2. Up to 3,000 sharks killed along Texas coast.  Not even sharks can mess with Texas. An illegal net along the coast of Texas has caused the death of some 3,000 adult and juvenile sharks. The net was three miles long and no arrests have been made yet. Illegal fishing nets are a huge problem in the area. Overfishing is already the cause of many shark deaths off the coasts of Texas. (MSNBC)

Leave us alone!

3. Catch rates masked collapse of two critical U.S. fisheries. Speaking of overfishing, a new study shows that stable fish catches for the  year have masked the collapse of fisheries in the U.S. In reality, populations of all species in the oceans have decreased by 90 percent since 1980. The disparity comes from fishermen targeting spawning areas where fish are known to congregate. (Yale 360)

4. Siberian tiger cubs make their debut in Russia. A trio of Siberian tiger cubs are ready for the big time in a zoo in Russia. WARNING: you might die of cuteness watching this video. They frolic and play and just do general cute baby tiger things. (MSNBC)

5. Biologists celebrate ferret comeback. Black-footed ferrets are making a comeback in South Dakota. After being brought back from the brink of extinction by biologists, many are finally being released back into the wild. The species in still endangered, but biologists are hopefully that within the next decade they’ll be able to make a comeback. (MSNBC)

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