IN NOVA SCOTIA this week a group of 83 Micmac Indians took the first shots of the hunting season at the moose and deer outside their reserve. For non-natives, the season started later. “Many of us like to do our hunting in the supermarkets, the same as everybody else,” said a Micmac leader. But hunting first was a matter of principle. It was the Micmacs’ reward for a famous legal victory that had acknowledged their aboriginal rights to hunt and fish for food. [Read more…]
The Galapagos penguin, stellar sea lion, sperm whale, hawaiian monk seal, green sea turtle and the coelacanth are among the endangered marine animals. Of these, only the number of remaining coelacanth is unknown. Some of the characteristics of these animals are presented.
ENDANGERED Galapagos Penguin
* Claim to Fame: Galapagos penguins live in tropical heat at the Equator. To stay cool they hold their wings out from their bodies and catch the breeze or go for a nice, cool dip in the Pacific Ocean.
* Time to Eat: Galapagos penguins feed on small fish such as sardines.
* Size: about 20 inches tall; weigh about 5 pounds
* What’s Left? About 4,000-8,000 of these penguins live and breed on a few of the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Non-native predators such as cats and dogs threaten the penguins. [Read more…]
Endangered sea turtles face dangers on sand and at sea.
A fisherman caught a female sea turtle in Baja California, Mexico, in 1986. He gave her to scientists. For the next ten years, Adelita, as she was named, lived in Captivity.
Adelita was a loggerhead, one of seven species, or kinds, of sea turtles. All are endangered. They live in the ocean but, like all reptiles, they have lungs and so they must surface to breathe.
Jay Nichols is one of the scientists studying Adelita and other sea turtles and their behavior. In 1996 he released Adelita into the Pacific Ocean with a transmitter on her back that allowed him to track her movements. Would she make it across thousands of miles of ocean to her nesting beach? What threats would she and other sea turtles face?
Baby sea turtles face so many dangers that it’s amazing they survive at all. Even before hatching, eggs are sometimes eaten by ghost crabs or crushed by adult turtles digging other nests. If the eggs do hatch and the hatchlings head for the sea, all kinds of predators – birds raccoons, fish – try to gobble them up. [Read more…]