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Rare Whale Sighting takes place off Coast of North Kingstown

Rare Whale Sighting takes place off Coast of North Kingstown

On Monday, a 50-foot humpback whale was spotted splashing around in the nation's smallest state Rhode Island. Harbormaster of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Ed Hughes said he heard a colossal splash in Narragansett Bay on Monday morning when he was making his rounds. Narragansett Bay is the tiny state's proportionally huge body of water.

Hughes mentioned that for the first time in weeks the conditions on the water were ‘cold, windy and miserable’ due to which he initially thought that he had heard an accident.

Newly-discovered species of shark appropriately given common name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’

Newly-discovered species of shark appropriately given common name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’

A newly-found species of shark has jet black skin and a dim glow, and it is a master of stealth. It has been given a common appropriate name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’. It lives in waters from 2,742 feet to 4,734 feet, or 836 to 1443 meters, deep, in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Central America.

A team of scientists have detailed the new found shark in a study carried by the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. One of the scientists in the team said that the animal owes its different name to Vicky Vásquez’s young cousins.

Mother Nature Celebrated Christmas This Year with Full Moon after 40 Years

Mother Nature Celebrated Christmas This Year with Full Moon after 40 Years

On the eve of Christmas season, when the whole world was busy in welcoming the God father, our mother nature too was busy in making the day even more special. Santa’s sleigh was not the only object seen in the sky on Christmas Day instead the Friday’s lunar show was the first full moon on Christmas in past 38 years. The full moon illuminated Christmas this week gained attraction from people all over the world. The full moon was covered by clouds with in a big chunk of the United States, but in places with clear skies it was quite the holiday treat.

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Rapid ohia death hits hundreds of thousands of ohia lehua trees on Hawaii

Rapid ohia death hits hundreds of thousands of ohia lehua trees on Hawaii

A tree that’s critical to Hawaii’s water supply, endangered native birds and Hawaiian cultural traditions such as hula, has been getting increasingly killed by a newly found fungus. Rapid ohia death named disease has hit the Big Island’s hundreds of thousands of ohia lehua trees.

It has reportedly affected 50% of the ohia trees throughout 6,000 acres of forest as of last year, but since then it’s believed to have spread more. So far, it’s been discovered mainly in Puna, but also in Kona and Kau. It hasn’t been found anywhere else worldwide.

Mysteriously disappeared Australian short nosed sea snake spotted off coast of Western Australia

Mysteriously disappeared Australian short nosed sea snake spotted off coast of Western Australia

Two critically endangered species of sea snakes earlier thought to have become extinct have been discovered off the coast of Western Australia. Scientists from James Cook University have found the Australian short nosed sea snake after more than 15 years when they disappeared from their only known habitat on Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea.

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El Nino may be behind washing up of venomous yellow-bellied sea snake on Californian beach

El Nino may be behind washing up of venomous yellow-bellied sea snake on Californian beach

For the third time, a venomous yellow-bellied snake has washed up ashore in California. The dead poisonous snake was found dead in Bolsa Chica State Beach on December 12. Members of the Surfrider Foundation have found the dead snake while cleaning up the beach.

In the cleaning process, 275 members were involved and while doing it, a volunteer picked it up and put into zip lock bag and took it home. He along with his son researched on the internet about the species of the snake.

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Extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse

Extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse

A study has suggested that extinction of huge animals from tropical forests may worsen climate change worse. This is because these animals play an important role in dispersing trees that have dense wood which can capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more effectively as compared to smaller trees.

The findings have shown that fall in the numbers of fruit-eating animals like big tapirs, primates and toucans may have a knock-on effect for tree species.

Audubon Society announces to hold Annual Winter Bird Count on Saturday

Audubon Society announces to hold Annual Winter Bird Count on Saturday

The Sheboygan County Audubon Society is all set to kick-start its annual Winter Bird Count on this Saturday. Birdwatchers and nature lovers who want to participate in the 116th Annual Christmas Bird Count should contact the organization’s president, June Platz.

The organization said the bird count will take place is some areas depending on participants’ count. At the end of the day, there will be a potluck lunch. The society has urged people to take part in the century-old annual bird count.

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