"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Deadly Fungus threatens Amphibians

The African clawed frog had started the spread of the Chytrid fungus. The fungus was devastating to the world's amphibians. It is threatening many frogs worldwide. The fungus is responsible for destroying many species in Central America and North America. The fungus causes a thickening of skin, which prevents breathing and electrolyte balance. It can lead to cardiac arrest. But luckily, some frogs are starting to grow a natural defense system against the fungus. This fungus has caused catastrophic die-offs in little time.

Swine Flu is Back

Swine flu, also known as H1N1, first caused a fright in 2009, but now, research shows that it was found in Elephant seals living on the coast of central California. This is the first report of the Swine Flu virus being carried by a marine mammal. No one is certain where it came from, but people are advised that it is unsafe to go looking for animals at the coast without precaution.

New Fish Species Discovered

Near Antarctica in the freezing deep sea water, a new fish species was discovered. The hopbeard plunderfish, also known as Pogonophryne neyelovi, can live up to a mile under Antarctica's Ross Sea. A group of Ukranians tried to catch an Antarctic toothfish by baiting it with Peruvian squid. They flung it out into the sea and accidentaly caught the hopbeard plunderfish. It is a very unique fish qith barbs on the chin, and spiny fins.