250 dolphins await slaughter, lifetime of captivity at Japan’s Taiji Cove
Over the weekend, Japanese fishermen rounded up more than 250 bottlenose dolphins into the infamous cove in Taiji. Among those dolphins is a rare albino calf. By the end of Saturday, 25 of the dolphins had been removed from the cove and sold into captivity – one of them died during the process. A few more may be chosen for display, but the rest will be killed in what conservationists sea as a “blood slaughter” and many Japanese see as a “local custom.” For another account of the current state of The Cove, check out this post from Dolphin Project’s Cove Monitor Karla Sanjur: Albino Dolphin Like an Angel with Fins.
Researchers Target Sea Level Rise to Save Years of Archaeological Evidence
Coastal cities around the world are threatened by sea level rise, but there are problems associated with it that don’t show up in the news very often. Prehistoric shell mounds on some of Florida’s most pristine beaches are at risk of washing away, taking thousands of years of archaeological evidence with it. A joint project between Florida State University and the National Park Service aims to draw attention to this problem. Researchers are examining past and future changes in climate to look at how we can adapt to those changes and protect important areas of shoreline.
Your Oysters Are Impostors—Expensive, Slurpable Frauds
We only eat five species of oyster (Eastern, Pacific, Kumamoto, Olympia, and European flats) but if you order oysters in a restaurant, they most likely aren’t named like that. They all come with their own market names and their taste varies based on the minerals, salinity, and temperature of the water in which they’re grown. Now, you might not even be getting one of those five. Oyster fraud is on the rise and, typically, they are substituted with lower-quality oysters that might not be so safe, since we usually eat oysters raw. The CDC found that incidence of vibrio infection, associated with raw shellfish, was 43 percent higher in 2012 than it was from 2006-2008.
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