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‘Aggressive’ bird showing up in Arkansas is an invasive species of geese from Africa


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One airport, 1,300 snakes: San Francisco helps to save endangered species


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China takes giant pandas off its endangered species list


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A whale died in the Everglades. Scientists now think they found a new species.


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'Special' moment for endangered species: Baby black rhino born on Christmas Eve at Michigan zoo

'Special' moment for endangered species: Baby black rhino born on Christmas Eve at Michigan zooBlack rhinos are critically endangered, and births in captivity are relatively rare. The species' population grew by one this Christmas Eve.



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Scientists discover new 'beaked' whale species off Japanese coast

Scientists discover new 'beaked' whale species off Japanese coastA small black whale found in Pacific Ocean waters off the northern coastline of Japan has been identified by scientists as a new species. Whalers based in Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido are thought to have long been aware of the existence of the beaked whales, referring to them by a local name karasu, meaning “crow”. Scientists from the National Museum of Nature and Science at Hokkaido University have confirmed that the rare whales are a species that has never been formally identified. Their findings were based on the examination of several deceased specimens, including DNA testing, which led to the cetaceans being officially named the Black Baird’s beaked whale, or Berardius minimus (B. minimus). Professor Takashi Matsuishi, from the Fisheries Sciences faculty at Hokkaido University, told Science Daily: “There are still many things we don't know about B. minimus. We still don't know what adult females look like, and there are still many questions related to species distribution, for example. We hope to continue expanding what we know about B. minimus.” The animals were known to whalers but had never been formally identified Beaked whales are known to be low profile, with a capacity to dive for long periods and a preference for deep waters, which means their behaviour has not been as well documented as many other cetaceans. Researchers reportedly tapped into the Marine Mammal Stranding networks, which shares information among scientists about stranded or deceased marine mammals. They subsequently collected six stranded beaked whales along the Japan’s northern coast off the Okhost Sea before conducting in-depth analysis of their make-up. “Just by looking at them, we could tell that they have a remarkably smaller body size, more spindle-shaped body, a shorter beak, and darker color compared to known Berardius species," added Tadasu Yamada, a member of the research team and curator of the National Museum of Nature and Science. The discovery of the new whale species, suspected to be the same as the “karasu” type long spotted by local whalers, comes shortly after Japan resumed its controversial whaling practices after a 33 year hiatus. Hokkaido has long been known as one of Japan’s whaling hubs, with many whalers based in Kushiro port.



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Japanese scientists find new dinosaur species

Japanese scientists find new dinosaur speciesJapanese scientists have identified a new species of dinosaur from a nearly complete skeleton that was the largest ever discovered in the country, measuring eight metres (26 feet) long. After analysing hundreds of bones dating back 72 million years, the team led by Hokkaido University concluded the skeleton once belonged to a new species of hadrosaurid dinosaur, a herbivorous beast that roamed the Earth in the late Cretaceous period. A partial tail was first found in northern Japan in 2013 and later excavations revealed the entire skeleton.



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Rare new shark species squirts glow-in-the-dark liquid from its pockets

Rare new shark species squirts glow-in-the-dark liquid from its pocketsScientists from various universities and research groups identified the 5½-inch shark as the American Pocket Shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis.



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'Your Species Isn't Known for Moving Quickly.' Jon Stewart Roasts Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 Bill on The Late Show

'Your Species Isn't Known for Moving Quickly.' Jon Stewart Roasts Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 Bill on The Late ShowStewart went on The Late Show to support the people he calls “the first heroes.“



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Brett Kavanaugh's Record Sets A Dangerous Precedent On Endangered Species

Brett Kavanaugh's Record Sets A Dangerous Precedent On Endangered SpeciesIf Judge Brett Kavanaugh becomes Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, activists



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