Arkive’s Week in Review — Wildlife News
ICYMI: Arkive has compiled some of the biggest and most interesting headlines from this week.
Article originally published on Friday, May 1, 2015
Bat wings use sensory cells to change shape mid-flight
The hair on a bat’s wings has receptors that fire messages to the brain, which allow them to slow down quickly and make tight turns. In most mammals, pathway messages from the forelimbs travel to the neck, in bats however, messages travel to both the neck and the trunk.
Article originally published on Saturday, May 2, 2015
Malnourished sea lion found hidden under car in San Francisco
A sea lion pup was coaxed from its hiding spot through the efforts of police and animal rescue crews. Apparently this is the second time that this particular pup has been found wandering the streets. Diminishing food sources, appear to be one of the reasons that several pups have been found malnourished and sick.
Article originally published on Sunday, May 3, 2015
Starfish suffer mysterious and gruesome demise along west coast
From southern Alaska down to Baja California, sea stars have been dying in droves. The cause seems to be a poorly understood wasting disease known as sea star associated densovirus. Encouraging though, is the news that baby sea stars have been found along the coast in some of the affected areas.
Article originally published on Monday, May 4, 2015
Wolves and coyotes feel sadness and grieve like humans
Author Marc Bekhoff describes how a pack of wolves lost their spirit and playfulness after the loss of one of their female members. He also hypothesizes that similar to dogs, wolves and coyotes can experience physiological disorders.
Article originally published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015
30 illegal orangutan pets seized in West Kalimantan
Thirty orangutans being kept as pets have been seized and placed in a rehabilitation center. Orangutans usually live with their mother until the age of seven or eight. The orangutans are learning to fend for themselves so they can be released into the wild.
Article originally published on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
New species of diving beetle found living in isolation in Africa
A scientist has discovered a new species of diving beetle on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. It has no direct relatives and has been placed in its own genus with its scientific name being Capelatus prykei. Its closest relatives are diving beetles found in the Mediterranean and New Guinea.
Article originally published on Thursday, May 7, 2015
New species of marine worm discovered on the Antarctic Deception Island
Enjoy your weekend!
William Lazaro, Arkive Social Media Intern, Wildscreen USA