Latest Zoology News

Science Says: Diet plays big role in how huge whales can get

Dec. 14, 2019 9:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Whales are big, but why aren't they bigger? A new study says it's basically about how many calories they can take in. That's the conclusion of researchers who used small boats to chase down 300 whales of various species around the world. They reached out with a long pole to attach sensors...

NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

Dec. 7, 2019 11:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city's buildings every year. New York will be the largest city in the nation to...

Lobster catch headed for decline, not crash, scientists say

Dec. 1, 2019 1:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pair of studies by Maine-based scientists suggest the U.S. lobster industry is headed for a period of decline, but likely not a crash. Lobster fishermen have brought in record hauls this decade, a period in which Maine catches that previously rarely topped 70 million pounds (32...

Wildlife biologists fly mule deer for herd-health project

Nov. 23, 2019 11:42 AM EST

ANTELOPE ISLAND, Utah (AP) — Utah state wildlife officials gathered mule deer on Antelope Island this week and flew them by helicopter to biologists studying the health of the herd. About 50 deer were flown this week, typically two or three at a time dangling below the aircraft in orange bags, the...

Carcass of giant blue whale brought to surface for study

Nov. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The carcass of a giant blue whale that has been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display, scientists with Oregon State University said Friday. The dead whale, which was about as long...

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue

Nov. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread. Dengue infections appear to be dropping fast in communities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia that are buzzing with the specially bred mosquitoes, an...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Ocearch's 11 Canadian great white sharks headed south

Nov. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ocearch's latest expedition, to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia, a summer hangout for great white sharks, could hardly have gone better: The crew caught, studied and tagged 11 white sharks, making it by far their most successful trip in the Northwest Atlantic. Most of those sharks...

Study: Microplastics in majority of Oregon shellfish

Nov. 12, 2019 12:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland State University study found tiny pieces of plastic in the vast majority of razor clams and oysters sampled along the Oregon coast and noted that the primary source of contamination was from fibers used in synthetic textiles. Those microscopic fibers can be shed by yoga...