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The looming extinction of the Maui dolphin

Credits New Zealand Department of Conservation - FlickrLike Mexico’s embattled vaquita porpoise, another marine mammal on the other side of the Pacific Ocean may be making its last stand. The Maui’s dolphin, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, which lives off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is down to about 60 individuals, from 2000 in the 1970s...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:34

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World’s most endangered marine mammal down to 30 individuals

NationalGeographic 1148484 16x9The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, now faces extinction, scientists say in a report published today. Only about 30 individuals remain, according to an acoustic survey that counted the animals’ clicking noises last summer. The report dashes hopes that naval patrols and Mexico’s emergency gillnet ban, authorized in May 2015, would halt the vaquita’s precipitous decline. The numbers also add new urgency to a controversial plan to capture some of the remaining animals for a captive breeding program, scientists say...

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:46

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Florida manatee deaths by boat top 100 for first time

640px-Manatee photoManatees deaths from boat strikes topped 100 in Florida for the first time since the state began keeping records on the endangered marine mammal's deaths 43 years ago. A record 104 manatees died in collisions with boats in 2016, including 10 watercraft-related manatee deaths in Brevard County, according to statistics released this week by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 14:01

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Turtles

Signs of hope for endangered sea turtles

January 18, 2017,

30 Olive Ridley turtles found dead on Chennai beaches

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Sharks

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Polar Bears

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