Lionfish, a venomous and predatory fish native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, has been discovered in the Atlantic and Caribbean at deep-sea depths, according to reports. Researchers believe the fish could be having a negative impact on other fish, as the lionfish have no natural predators to control their already burgeoning population.
The lionfish were located last month on an Atlantic deep-sea expedition to areas 300 feet beneath the surface. Stephanie Green, a post-doctoral associate at Oregon State University's Hixon Lab and the lead scientist on the project, said the lionfish "invasion" most likely started near South Florida, when residents released their unwanted pets.
"Genetic work has showed that the whole invasion began from a few releases," said Dr. Green. "There is strong evidence that the lionfish is having negative effects on the native population," she said. "We don't see any signal that anything is controlling lionfish population." more >>
Three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Rottweiler called Max in Southern California on Sunday, have been removed from street duty due to death threats against them and their families.
A cellphone video of the horrific shooting which occurred in Hawthorne, Calif., and was posted to YouTube on Sunday has since been viewed more than four million times and has evoked mass and vitriolic outrage from the public.
Spokesman for the Hawthorne Police, Lt. Scott Swain told the Daily Breeze that the department received an inundation of threats via telephone, email and social media that forced them to reassign the officers to desk duty. more >>
Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, known for his creative sermon series, will be hosting a "Dog Days" event that will feature pet adoptions on the last weekend of April.
"At Fellowship Church, we love dogs! And we know there is a special bond between people and their pets. My wife and I have several dogs of our own. We love animals. We are excited about partnering with people and who share God's standard and respect for animals. And we're excited to invite the entire community to bring their dogs to church this weekend," Young said.
The annual "Dog Days" event will take place on the weekend of April 27 and 28, when Fellowship Church will partner with local pet adoption organizations, aiming to find homes for animals in need. more >>
Wildlife documentaries should show more homosexual activity in the animal kingdom, an academic study complains.
These documentaries should be showing "a wider perspective on animal behavior," Dr. Brett Mills says, according to The Independent.
Mills, a senior lecturer at the School of Film, Television and Media Studies and the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, U.K., published his study, "The animals went in two by two: Heteronormativity in television wildlife documentaries," in the February 2013, issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies. more >>
Wild African elephants are in great danger with their numbers rapidly declining due to extensive poaching, and could be gone from the continent's plains almost entirely within five years, unless people start paying attention to these issues, a wildlife expert has warned.
"The elephant population in Africa is presently declining at an alarming rate," said Dr Eivin Roskaft from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, according to BBC Nature.
"The world must find interest in it, if not there will be very few or no elephants in Africa in about five to six years." more >>
Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins has had a new genus of fish in Sri Lanka named after him after a researcher credited the British atheist for his "rational explanations" of the universe.
The fish, which had been previously classified under the genus Puntius before given their own distinction, were identified by lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, an ichthyologist and internationally acclaimed conservationist. The sea animals in question are found only in South Asia, and have distinctive long filaments that trail from the dorsal fins of males.
"Richard Dawkins has through his writings helped us understand that the universe is far more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any religion has imagined," Pethiyagoda expressed on Monday. more >>