Scientists on an expedition to sample a deep-sea trench got a surprise when their traps brought back seven giant crustaceans glimpsed only a handful of times in human history. These amphipods are more than 20 times larger than typical crustaceans, the largest of which was about 11 inches long.
Additional specimens were spied by a seafloor camera more than a mile away from the trap.
The discovery of 365 previously undocumented species in the Bahuaja Sonene National Park points out the importance of conservation work. The park is 15,000 square feet of home to hundreds of species of both mammals and fish, and thousands of types of butterflies, not to mention the birds, reptiles and amphibians.
While these species are known to live elsewhere, the biodiversity of this area is unmatched on the entire Earth.
Credit: Lisa Ware, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation efforts for the maned wolf at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have been successful. A litter of four pups, born to Salina and her mate Nopal on Jan. 5, bring hope for the survival of the species.
The George VI ice shelf is home to a set of teardrop shaped lakes that move up to 5 feet per day. Researchers have discovered why; viscous buckling, which can be related to how syrup moves, is responsible.
An astounding 1.44 million green turtle eggs are estimated to have been laid in the southern Philippines last year. Researchers point to protection of nesting beaches and waters as one reason for the rise.
Over 100 years of data, collected by explorers and from satellite images, has been examined with disturbing results. A startling 800 rare and unique species from the Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia are unprotected.
For example the habitat of the Black-faced Brush-finch, pictured here, is decreasing, but not yet to the point of action.