‘That’s not training, it’s beating’: Horror as trainer is caught on camera slapping and kicking two beluga whales after they failed to kiss him for a stunt

‘That’s not training, it’s beating’: Horror as trainer is caught on camera slapping and kicking two beluga whales after they failed to kiss him for a stunt

An animal trainer in far eastern Russia has been caught on film hitting and kicking two beluga whales – causing a fierce backlash. Dmitry Bachinsky, 32, who works at the Primorsky Oceanarium in Vladivostok, was caught on film lashing out at two whales, named Nil and Lear. According to animal rights campaigners, Bachinsky was attempting […]

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Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study

Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists. Once perfectly evolved for polar life, apex predators are struggling as their habitats shrink and unique adaptations become less suited to an increasingly ice-free Arctic, researchers say. The mammals […]

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Listening to marine mammals is helping scientists understand Arctic impacts of climate change

Listening to marine mammals is helping scientists understand Arctic impacts of climate change

A 4-year bioacoustic study of marine mammals in the northern Bering Sea will help scientists track the impacts of global climate change on Arctic ecosystems. Researchers with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Columbia University, Southall Environmental Associates, and the University of Washington wanted to understand how seasonal variation in sea surface temperatures and sea ice affect […]

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