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Oysters Could Have Protected East Coast From Sandy

Once upon a time New York Harbor was lined with oyster beds, creating natural protection to the residents of New York City in the face of storm surges like the one they recently faced with Hurricane Sandy. According to Paul Greenberg, award-winning author of Four Fish, oyster beds would have created an underwater landscape that would have slowed the wave before it hit the shore.

Poachers Caught Red-Handed With Red Swamp Crayfish

Even though the Red Swamp Crayfish found in ponds in London's Hampstead Heath are a highly invasive species, the United States/Mexico natives are protected by law. Recently three young men were brought up on charges after being arrested while in possession of two large carrier bags full of the crustaceans.

A Roadside Memorial For Fish?

On October 11, 2012 in Irvine, California, a large truck was involved in a three-way accident. It had been carrying 1,600 pounds of live bass headed to market when it flipped, spilling the contents over the highway. All of the fish were killed in the accident. Now the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has requested that a memorial road sign be placed on the spot to commemorate the deaths.

Power Restored To New York Aquarium After Damage From Hurricane Sandy

The New York Aquarium at Coney Island was amongst the many businesses threatened when Hurricane Sandy caused ocean waters to surge last week. With the facility's power out and its life-support systems damaged, the fates of thousands of resident fish, mammals, birds and reptiles hung in the balance. Now, thanks to heroes inside and out of the aquarium, life in the (enormous) fish bowl is finally on its way back to normal.

Denver Zoo's Celebrity Sea Lion Euthanized

Gidget the sea lion was born at the Denver Zoo 27 years ago. The aging marine mammal suffered arthritis and on Wednesday zookeepers euthanized because she was suffering intense pain and started showing signs of being unable to move. She had also begun refusing food and medication. Sea lions normally live to be between 20 and 30 years old.

Curly-Haired Selkirk Rex Cats Shown To Be Genetically Distinct

Selkirk Rex cats, first described in 1987, belong to one of four recognized curly-haired cat breeds. Now a new study by Serina Filler of the University of Veterinary Medicine explains why the Selkirk Rex is genetically distinct from previously known curly-coated breeds.

Animal Trio Act Broken Up

Booger, Kitty, and Mousie, along with their owner, Greg Pike, were well known among the buskers along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado. Their trademark pyramid style amazed patrons of the open-air mall for many years as folks marveled over their unusual friendship that defied their natural behavior. The act ended earlier this week when Booger passed away.

Fossil Of Coelacanth Found In Texas

The coelacanth is a fish that is also called the "living fossil" lives deep in the Indian Ocean. The fish has remained virtually unchanged for more than 400 million years. It was thought to have been extinct for more than 70 million years until a researcher discovered a specimen at a fish market along the coast of South Africa in 1938. A new fossil of a formerly unknown species of coelacanth has been discovered in Texas.

Koshik The 'Talking Elephant' Parrots His Owner's Speech (video)

Koshik is not the only elephant who can mimic sounds, but he's the first elephant on record who has developed a way to actually mimic the pronunciation of words spoken by his human trainers.  Confirmed by researchers from the University of Vienna, after studying Koshik's pronouncements at his zoo habitat in South Korea, Koshik's exceptional efforts to mimic humans is recorded online now in the journal Current Biology.

From Meme To Memory: RIP Marty, Nyan Cat's Inspiration

Marty, the 3-year-old cat who inspired Chris Torres to create the popular Internet phenomenon Nyan Cat has moved from meme to memory. If there's an afterlife for cats, Marty's most likely soaring through space trailing an 8-bit rainbow.

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