Ontario brings in sweeping changes to protect animals
Ontario will implement sweeping reforms to improve animal welfare in the province. Some of these changes include more power and money for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), twice-a-year inspections of all zoos and aquariums and more specific standards of care for marine mammals. The OSPCA will use the money to establish and train a team of investigators to inspect the 60 zoos and aquariums in Ontario. This represents a big change from the current protocol where the OSPCA only visits a location after a problem is reported.
Parasites found in Calif. ‘sea serpent’ dissection
A dissection of the 18ft oarfish found off Catalina Island revealed a host of parasites living inside. They found large, larval tapeworms and an adult spiny-headed worm in its intestine. The cause of death is still unknown, but the discovery of parasites is important because it tells scientists what the oarfish’s natural enemies are and where it hunts for food. Learn more about the other oarfish that was pregnant!
Scientists Find That Dolphin in Australian Waters is a New Species
A team of researchers determined that a species of humpback dolphin previously unknown to science is swimming in the waters off nothern Australia. The researchers were studying the different species in the family of humpback dolphins, named for a hump just below the dorsal fin, and found evidence to split the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin into three distinct species, one of which is new to science. In general, humpback dolphins are threatened by habitat loss and fishing activity. This information about distinct species will allow all humpback dolphins and their key habitats to be better protected.
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