Heaviest ever lionfish caught in Atlantic: Fish has venomous spines | Nature | News

Father-of-two Timothy, 37, gestured to a fellow diver to pass him the spear and, with one fell swoop, managed to take the stripy fish out. The catch, off the coast of Islamorada, Florida Keys, USA, on August 6, was the heaviest lionfish ever caught in the Atlantic Ocean to date according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Timothy, of Cutchogue, New York, said: “I got a good clean headshot on it. It struggled a little bit, but it stayed on the spear. “He was like the godzilla of…

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Heartbroken mother killer whale bids goodbye to her dead calf after 17 days of grief | Nature | News

The bereavement ritual was even embraced by other female members of her pod, with up to six forming a tight-circle around the mother and calf for hours on end. Researchers are now reporting that J35 – also known as Tahlequah – has rejoined her pod to resuming hunting and appears “remarkably frisky”. She was spotted at the weekend “vigorously chasing” schools of salmon in the mid-Harrow Strait between Canada’s Vancouver Island and the United States’ coastline. The Centre for Whale Research said: “Her tour of grief is now over and…

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A star in stripes… park welcomes baby zebra | Nature | News

Keeper Vicky Barsham, from the West Midlands Safari Park, near Kidderminster, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our first ever baby Grevy’s zebra to the park.  “Akuna is already proving to be a very attentive and caring mother.  “The foal is doing really well – she’s very active, enjoying dust baths and running around the safari.” She continued: “West Midland Safari Park is very pleased to be taking part in such an important conservation breeding programme. “In the wild, the recent ‘Great Grévy Rally’ showed that although there is…

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Born to be wild! Grizzly bear strikes glamour poses for wildlife photographer | Nature | News

The 6ft-tall beast posed seductively from a rock before sliding into a nearby pool of water to perform a sultry dance. Wildlife snapper James D Harrison, who caught the show on camera, said: “Bella is my favourite model. “She is incredibly smart, and she loves to pose for the camera. Most of the time she is staring straight at me. “One second she will be sitting in the pond up to her neck nibbling on a twig, then without warning she will explode with all that grizzly energy. “She will…

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Save tigers from being wiped out | Nature | News

Global Tiger Day is ringed in every conservationist’s diary, a milestone event founded on July 29, 2010, when 13 nations with teetering big cat populations united to not just halt their demise but to double their numbers. Hovering over this international call to arms remains the spectre of two tragic tiger extinctions in living memory.  The last Bali tiger vanished in the 1930s followed by the extirpation of the Javan tiger four decades later.  For extirpation, read extermination.  Colonial hunting, habitat destruction and local persecution wiped out both tiger races. …

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Beavers are back after 400 years | Nature | News

A pair of Eurasian Beavers were released into an enclosure in Lydbrook (Image: getty) “It is expected that the beavers’ activity in the Forest of Dean will improve biodiversity in their new 16 acre home and may have the potential to reduce local flood risk,” said a Forestry Commission spokesman. “Regular monitoring will continue on site throughout the three-year project to assess these ecosystem benefits. The release of the beavers watched by Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, who announced £20,000 of new funding for another trial reintroduction in Devon. Mr Gove…

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