Vaquita porpoise could survive … but only if illegal fishing stops immediately

Vaquita porpoise could survive … but only if illegal fishing stops immediately

Scientists studying the DNA of the world’s smallest cetacean and rarest marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise, have made a surprising and bittersweet discovery. With a tiny population of fewer than 10 individuals left, the mammal was assumed by conservationists to be at a similar risk of harmful mutations and inbreeding as other species with small […]

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Lone beluga whale is spotted swimming off the coast of Seattle, 1,500 miles from the nearest population in Alaska – and scientists have no idea why

Lone beluga whale is spotted swimming off the coast of Seattle, 1,500 miles from the nearest population in Alaska – and scientists have no idea why

They are known to be extremely social creatures that thrive in the freezing waters of the Artic. So the discovery of a lone beluga whale off the coast of Seattle — almost 1,500 miles from its nearest population in Alaska — has left scientists baffled. The wayward creature’s ‘very rare’ appearance is the first documented […]

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