Picture of the week: Lemon Shark

Lemon Shark. Tiger Beach.

News: Antarctic ice melting at alarming rate

The Antarctic ice is an important indicator of climate change and driver of sea-level rise. A new study performed by an international investigation team published this week in Nature, reports a survey of ice lost in the last 5 years (2012-2017)  based on combined satellite observations.  Almost 7 million kilograms of ice was lost per second in this period.  Every year the weight of the  Antarctic ice cap diminishes with around 219 billion tons. If all ice at the Antarctic would melt it would cause a worldwide rise in sea level of around 58 meters.  

 

New study reveals a 50% decline of river dolphins in 10 years.

Orinoco dolphin or 'boto'

 A New study reveals a 50% decline of river dolphins in 10 years. Two species of river dolphins live in the Amazon rivers, the boto or  Orinoco dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the smaller tucixi or Amazone dolphin (Sotalia fluviatilis).  The study was based on a 20 years count in the  Mamiraua reserve of the Brazilian rainforest, 500 km West of the city Manaus. Fishery seems the main culprit according to investigators with dolphins getting caught up in nets and dying. And riversides becoming more densely populated by people dependent on fishing for their food and income. 

Gorilla reunion

You perhaps already know this moving film by Damian Aspinall, revisiting his gorilla friends in Africa after 12 years separation, together with his teenage daughter,  in this Gorilla reunion. Couldn't help uploading it again. 

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