Picture of the week: Picasso triggerfish

Arabian Picasso  triggerfish (Rhinecanthus assasi)  at the Barge wreck,  Red Sea. 

News: Elephant DNA helps in localizing cartels illegal ivory trade.

DNA testing of elephant tusks  by  American biologist Samuel Wasser  helps  locating  the three largest cartels involved in smuggling   illegal ivory  and shipping  them from three African towns Mombassa (Kenia), Entebbe (Uganda) and Lomé (Togo).  Malaysia and  Hongkong are among the favorite export sites. Around 40.000 elephants are still killed for their tusks every year.

News: Beluga’s adopt Narwahl

Beluga's adopt Narwhal   A young, orphaned peckled gray male Narwhal became friends with a group of 10 male beluga whales in eastern Canada, where were spotted for three consecutive years in  Canada's St. Lawrence River. Often compared with legendary mythical Unicorn,  the Narwhal  (Monodon monoceros), is a medium-sized toothed whale with a large tusk. Together with the beluga’s, they are the only extant members of the family Monodontidae, sometimes referred to as the "white whales. The fearful tusk has grown from a protruding tooth, which makes the Narwhal a powerful predator in the Arctic waters. The tusk also serves as a sensory organ used for sensing and communication with females, and display of dominance towards other males.

News: Endangered sea turtles trapped and killed by illegal fishing nets

About 300 endangered Sea turtles were found dead off the southern coast of Mexico on Tuesday, trapped in illegal fishing nets near the coast of the province Oaxaca.  The olive ridley turtles, which Mexican authorities say are at risk of extinction, measure about 75 centimeters (29.5 inches) in length and weigh some 45 kilograms (99 pounds). From May to September, they descend on various Mexican states along the Pacific Ocean to lay their eggs. Bycatch is rated as even a greater risk for sea turtles than  plastic soup by WNF (World Nature Fund)

News: mini seahorse detected in Japan

 A super-small pigmy seashorse, in-officially named Hippocampus japapigu was recently discovered in Japan. It’s a small as 15 millimeters. A new target for the super-macro adepts!

News: Long island new 'hope spot' in the Bahamas

 Long Island hot-spot: Long Island located in the Southern  Bahamas  is known for its astonishing contrasts in geography. There are chalk-white limestone cliffs, forested hillsides and mangrove swamps. Interestingly,  the island has been declared a 'Hope Spot''  by international non-profit Mission Blue in support of the Bahamian government’s tentative plan to proclaim a marine protected area in the area. Long Island Marine Management Area (LIMMA)