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Today’s news: Seal populations plummet, lemon sharks in a feeding frenzy, and PYTHONS

January 9, 2012

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. Africa’s rainforests ‘more resilient’ to climate change. Rainforests in Africa may be more resilient than rainforests in the Amazon and other areas around the world. An international conference found that the forests in Africa have endured all kinds of changes over the past 4,000 years so they should be more prepared for whatever climate change throws at them. (BBC News)

2. Seal populations plummet as sea ice thins. Less sea ice in the North Atlantic results in less seals. Newborn seal pups are born and nursed on sea ice, their moms have less areas to give birth. Eighty percent of seal pups may have died in 2011 due to lack of sea ice. (Yale 360)

We can totally see why they would want to feed a whale shark. They're super sweet.

3. Begging whale sharks raise concern in Philippines. Fisherman in the central Philippines have been feeding the giant fish shrimp for decades. By now, the whales know just where to go for a quick snack, and they’ll often come to the surface looking to be fed. Environmentalists worry that the practice is changing the natural behavior of the whale sharks. (Discovery News)

4. Lemon sharks in feeding frenzy. Lemon sharks in the Great Barrier Reef leap out of the water to catch fish – which sounds awesome. A camera crew describes how they were able to get the awesome footage of the lemon sharks feeding. (BBC News)

5. Florida python invasion could spread. The Florida Everglades became home to an isolated breeding population of burmese pythons a few decades ago. But now ecologists warn that they could spread to other sections of Florida and possibly even the Caribbean. (Discovery News)

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