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  1. Can whales predict a tsunami?

    Posted Jul 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Do whales hear earthquakes long before humans do? A few years ago, when an underwater earthquake happened between Indonesia and Sri Lanka, some people at sea noticed that every whale and dolphin quickly disappeared. Andrew Sutton, a British photographer a ...

  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    US aquariums look to catch and import wild whales from Russia

    Posted Oct 05th 2012, 12:00am by MCT

    ... and the risk of a consumer backlash, have for many years preferred to take in rescued marine mammals deemed unfit for release, import ones already held in overseas aquariums or breed from ... not recall the last time a US facility tried to import a marine mammal directly from the wild. Anti-captivity activists say it has not happened since 1993. Representatives for the Georgia Aquarium ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL WELFARE

    Ocean Park chief Allan Zeman rejects claims its dolphins are overworked

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by Thomas Chan

    ... Allan Zeman said that if trainers and park veterans thought the shows were too stressful for the animals, they would not be run. Senior curator of marine mammals Wong Hoi-ming, said the dolphins ... was "unnatural"- such as tail-walking, jumping on to the platform and waving goodbye. The park said in a statement that about 60 animal husbandry and veterinary staff took care of the marine mammals ...

  4. Officers seize 600kg of dead pangolins

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Au michael.au@scmp.com A mainland-bound boat carrying 600kg of frozen pangolins- an endangered scaly anteater- was intercepted in Deep Bay by the Marine Department ... are believed to have medicinal properties. 'This was the first anti-smuggling operation this year that involved the illegal import of pangolins,' said Inspector Cheung Siu-wai, of the marine ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    SeaWorld, others trying to import beluga whales caught in wild

    Posted Oct 04th 2012, 09:28am by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    ... are exceedingly rare. SeaWorld and other aquarium owners, wary of negative publicity and the risk of a consumer backlash, have for many years preferred to take in rescued marine mammals deemed unfit ... decide whether to grant the import permit, said they could not recall the last time a U.S. facility tried to import a marine mammal directly from the wild. Anti-captivity activists say it has ...

  6. News - World

    Whales mimic human speech

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in San Diego, California

    ... that divers initially thought it was a human voice. Handlers at the US National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego heard mumbling in 1984 coming from a tank containing whales and dolphins ...

  7. News - World

    Audio: Male beluga whale mimics human speech

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 09:46am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets’ Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice. Handlers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San ...

  8. Lifestyle - Technology - FATAL ATTRACTION

    Animals try to mate with those of other species- but why?

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by NEW YORK TIMES

    ... mating, and it extends to other marine mammals. Wildlife experts say sea lions and sea otters have occasionally been seen forcing themselves on other types of seals and killing them. Indeed, some ... and added: "Nature is not perfect." Nor is such mating limited to marine mammals. Insects, spiders, worms, frogs, birds and fish do it, too, Hochkirch said. The behaviour is a form ...

  9. News - Asia - WILDLIFE

    Export of 'show' dolphins to Singapore casino is blocked

    Posted Oct 14th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... by the rights groups alleged the traffic in live Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins for sport or entertainment was illegal, cruel and would cause the extinction of the species. The large marine mammals were shipped to a marine park in the northern Philippines between 2008 and last year, said Anna Cabrera, head of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. "The dolphins, caught in the wild ...

  10. News - Asia

    Outcry by animal welfare group over Singapore casino’s dolphins

    Posted Oct 19th 2012, 03:45pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... battle after an animal welfare group accused it of contributing to the depletion of the species. The mammals, from the Solomon Islands, have been purchased by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and are currently in the Philippines for training, where they will remain until they are shipped to its marine park next year. The Singapore-based Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) ...




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