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Today’s news: humpback whales are doing great, adorable seal pups, and exotic animals

October 31, 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. Dam explosion restores environment. A utility company in Washington destroyed one of it’s dams last week in an awesome-looking explosion. The destruction of the dam will allow salmon to resume swimming up and down the river as they please. (Discovery News)

2. Man’s widow will not get surviving exotic pets. Only six exotic animals survived after they were set free from a private home in Ohio before the owner committed suicide. The man’s widow will not be entrusted with the three leopards, two primates, and a grizzly bear. They are being kept in quarantine at a zoo, because officials fear the unsanitary conditions they were living in might have exposed them to diseases. (MSNBC)

Why NOT spend 60 years studying cuteness?

3. Why spend 60 years studying seals? A natural history group took an interest in grey seals off the coast of the Farns Islands in England way back in 1951. They decided to track the seals that were born on the rocks every year to learn more about them. Using a tagging system, they followed 10 newborn pups and learned a lot. They now know where the seals travel, where they might be in danger because of fisherman, and more. There are also adorable pictures of the seals on the islands here. (BBC Nature)

4. Humpbacks bounce back from whaling. Some whale populations are finally seeing the benefits from decades of protection. There are now an estimated 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific. To give you some indication of what a great number that is, by mid-century there were only an estimated 1,400. So yeah, the whales are doing great! (Discovery News)

5. Killing wolves: a product of Alberta’s oil and gas boom. Tar sands have been all over the news lately, as many people continue to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. Another by-product of oil and gas fields is playing out in Alberta, Canada. The fields are cutting into forests that are home to caribou – and as a result, their numbers have plummeted. But instead of putting laws in place to protect caribou, officials have decided to kill wolves that hunt the caribou. It’s a vicious cycle my friends. (Yale 360)

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