Author: Fluke Does Ecology

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sharkfactoftheday:

The conservation status of the narrowfin smooth-hound is undetermined, but it is known to have low resilience: without fishing pressure, the population would still take 14 years to double.

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ask-henry-yugi-tudor:

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achievement-b-huntress:

achievement-b-huntress:

ALRIGHT. LISTEN UP.

So recently, I got calls from the phone number, (937) 353-8319. They claim to be a job service, and one of their “employees”, Carrigan, is friends with whoever the call recipient is, and that Carrigan has recommended you for this $15.00/h “job”. I also got a text message from (937) 607-1493, claiming to be Carrigan, and that they need stuff to “win a scholarship”. I do not know anyone by the name of Carrigan and I know very well that this is a very dangerous scam.
If you receive a call from a number, and they ask you if you would like a job for $15.00/h, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY. If you accept the “job” offer, and you go in for an interview, they will give you a drugged bottle of water and you will wake up somewhere you don’t want to be.
These phone calls & texts are from a human trafficking service, and if you oblige to them, you will be sold to people and you will be raped, no doubt about it. So PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER THESE CALLS OR TEXTS. I have listened to the voicemails, and allowed my dad to do the same, and he learned that anyone offering a $15.00/h “job” is a human trafficker.
PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS ALL OVER TUMBLR

Okay, I am reblogging this because it is relevant again. I got another call from a 353 number. Not the exact same number, but I know that it is a trafficker because it’s 353 just like the last one. I also want this to signal boost so PLEASE REBLOG THIS.

Why are people deleting the captions though I had to search for what the pictures meant don’t do that

a side note,  because theyre very popular around the DMV, If you ever see a sign with something akin to ‘free debt erasure’ ‘15/h job’ etc and ONLY A PHONE NUMBER, ignore it. tear it down if you can, because those are well known scams and sex-trafficking baits.do not, by any means, call or respond to these messages. do not let your friends do it. do not.

THIS IS IMPORTANT AF THANK Y’ALL HOLY SHIT

Oklahoma is one of the worst states as far as human trafficking, so thank y’all so fucking much. That’s literally my life and the lives of everyone I know that y’all just saved. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you

*FUCKING SPAMS REBLOG*

guys pls this needs more reblogs

WTF!!! WHY ARE HUMANS DOINGTHIS BS!!! 10:40(1) 3.16.18

Land is Sliding, Tell Us Where!

nasa:

Summer in
the northern hemisphere brings monsoon season, causing heavy
rains and flooding that trigger landslides. Next time you see a landslide in
the news, online, or in your neighborhood, submit it to our citizen science
project Landslide
Reporter
to build the largest open global landslide catalog and help
us and the public learn more about when and where they occur.

Rainfall is the most common cause
of landslides.

After a storm, the soil and rock on a slope can become saturated with water and
begin to slide downwards, posing a danger to people and destroying roads,
houses and access to electricity and water supplies.

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We have been monitoring rainfall from
space for
decades
.

Orbiting
the Earth right now, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
mission is a group of 10 satellites that measure rain, snow, sleet and other
precipitation worldwide every three hours. This data tells us where and when heavy
rain is falling and if it could lead to disasters.

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What can rainfall data tell us
about landslides?

We’re
using GPM data to understand where and when landslides are happening. A global
landslide model
uses information about the environment and rainfall
to anticipate where landslides are likely to happen anytime around the world
every three hours.

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To improve the global
landslide model
and other landslide research, NASA is looking for
citizen scientists like you!

If you find a landslide reported online or in your neighborhood, you can provide
the event details in Landslide Reporter, our citizen
science project.

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Your
detailed reports are added into an open global landslide inventory
available at Landslide Viewer. We use
citizen science contributions along with other landslide data to check our prediction
model so we can have a better picture of how rainfall, slope steepness, forest
cover, and geology can trigger a landslide.

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Because the data is open, anyone
can use the data for research or response
.

When you report a landslide, you improve our
collection of landslide data for everyone.

Help
support landslide efforts worldwide by contributing to Landslide
Reporter
, and you can help inform decisions that could save lives
and property today! Learn more about the project at https://landslides.nasa.gov. You
can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com.

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setavulos:

i’m so frustrated with the solarpunk posts that don’t even try to give real ideas for how disabled people could live in their society

how about solar powered wheelchairs that don’t require being plugged in?

architecture without steps and incorporation of universal design principles to use less materials in building structures but also allow accessibility for all

rest areas and small parks where disabled people and their service dogs can easily find clean water to drink and a place to sit

genetically modified plant species grown on the sides of buildings are in different colors to help visually impaired people easily find points of interest

trees with edible fruits obviously labelled so that people who need to eat often can always have access to a food option (this works even better if you have multiple fruits grafted to one tree!)

community gardens that hold horticultural therapy sessions for all those interested

it’s not that hard to think about actual accessibility, damn.

Reblogged in the hopes of spurring further discussion.

Regular solar-powered recharging stations for people who don’t have (or can’t afford) solar powered mobility devices and aids so they’re never at risk of running out of power at an inopportune time.

Architecture that’s designed not just for physical accessibility, but also for mental accessibility – designs that encourage mental well-being, promote safety or productivity depending on the location, encourage recovery and help protect against mental stresses and environmental triggers.

Expand on the community gardens idea to incorporate fully holistic care through the entire healthcare system – hospitals with exceptional accessibility and environmental design that treat all aspects of an affliction, not just the physical ones. Using the sun for more than just light and heat.

Plants growing on buildings not just in different colours, but also in different textures to denote different things, or grown in shapes like arrows to give directions.

you’re a good egg

Scientists Say: Kakapo

Scientists Say: Kakapo:

sciencenewsforstudents:

Kakapo (noun, “KAHK-ah-po”)

This is a species of parrot that lives in New Zealand. It is the world’s only flightless parrot. The birds are also the heaviest of all parrots. The males weigh up to four kilograms (8.8 pounds) and the females up to 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs). Like many parrots, kakapos are long-lived, with lifespans reaching more than 50 years old. During those long lives, the birds dwell on the ground, climbing into trees only to get fruit and seeds.

wolveswolves: Woolly wolf spotted in Nepal i…

wolveswolves:

Woolly wolf spotted in Nepal is likely a new species

April 28, 2016 – By analyzing the animal’s poop, scientists provide more evidence it’s not a subspecies of the gray wolf.

Pausing at a clearing, a sudden streak of black against the carpet of white snow moved in the corner of Madhu Chetri’s eye.

It was 2004, and Chetri, now a Ph.D. student at Norway’s Hedmark University College, was trekking through the roof of the world: Nepal’s Annapurna Conservation Area.

Looking up, he caught the gaze of a wolf, who regarded him with curiosity.

“I was struck by these golden yellow eyes. They were so bright. I was so excited,” says Chetri, who was exploring the Upper Mustang region as part of his conservation work. 

The area had plenty of feral dogs, but Chetri knew right away that this big, woolly creature was no dog.

It was the Himalayan wolf, which had never before been seen in Nepal.

Searching for Scat

Scientists first identified the Himalayan wolf (Canis lupus chanco), thought to be a subspecies of the gray wolf, about 200 years ago.

It was known to live in India and Tibet, but never Nepal.

Not long after Chetri saw his wolf, two studies came out that challenged the idea that the Himalayan wolf was a subspecies. At the DNA level, the studies claimed, the wolf was so different that it deserved its own species name.

Chetri already had a feeling this was the case: The animal he saw was smaller and much leaner than gray wolves, which live in Europe and North America. It also had white patches on its chest and throat, which are not seen in gray wolves.

And he’d always wanted to know more about the beautiful canine that had so captivated him 10 years earlier.

So Chetri began to search for its most accessible DNA source: poop. He returned to Nepal and looked for wolf scat between May and September, when weather was the driest and the feces would be best preserved. 

Lone Wolf

He managed to collect a total of six samples and could extract DNA from five of them. One of his samples was from a feral dog, leaving him with four specimens.

To be consistent with the two previous studies published in 2004 and 2006, Chetri sequenced the specimens’ mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited from an animal’s mother.

Working with a group of scientists from India and Nepal, Chetri extracted and sequenced the DNA in the lab. His work confirmed the two earlier studies: The Himalayan wolf was significantly different from any other wolves and is likely a distinct species.

In fact, the genetic data revealed that Himalayan wolves have been distinct from other wolves for at least 800,000 years, according to the results, which were published April 21 in the journal ZooKeys.

Chetri and colleagues propose that the animal be named the Himalayan wolf, although they haven’t yet proposed a formal species name.

He also hopes it brings attention to the plight of the critically endangered species, which is thought to number fewer than 350 individuals.

“I hope that this work will create more attention for this wolf, since there are lots of conflicts with local farmers and livestock,” Chetri says. “If farmers can help see the value of this wolf, they might be less inclined to kill it.”

Surprisingly Diverse

Klaus-Peter Koepfli, a conservation biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, says the study is important for two major reasons.

The first is the growing evidence of the Himalayan wolf as a unique species, says Koepfli, who was not involved with the research. 

The other is establishing that these wolves live in the Upper Mustang region. “It provides solid evidence of living wolves in the area. Even if it’s just one individual, it’s important because they’re there,” he says.

“There’s a lot more biodiversity than we thought there was.”

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thewinterotter:

ineptshieldmaid:

janimoon:

whitmerule:

Ever needed to hear about mad dad birds with enormous feet? Try THESE on for size:

What’s that you say? These are clearly the feet of a dinosaur, not a bird? WHY NOT BOTH?

This is Australia’s very own dinosaur, the second-largest bird in the world, the emu. Say hi!

They roam around Australia making ‘wonk-wonk’ noises under their breath and glaring at everything. And the dads take care of the babies! They sit on the eggs…

They look after the tiny stripey adorable things….

They look after the less tiny less adorable things…

And they even look after the great big menacing things that are almost as big as they are.

But here’s the catch. All emus look pretty much alike. Especially when you are a tiny stripey adorable thing. All you can see of your dad is is great big dinosaur feet (see picture #1). So there is one very unrealistic thing about all the adorable terrifying dinosaur family photos above:

I have never seen an emu family in the wild where all the babies are the same size.

Here is the reason!

Emu dad and his emu babies are roaming about wonking and glaring at everyone. Suddenly emu dad sees another emu dad! A threat!

Emu dads do some display threats with dancing and bouncing and fluffing and… look, it’s very serious business, okay?

If this does not work to see off one emu they might progress to actual fighting.

Oops, sorry, you wanted the dignified version. Here, have some ART:

MAGNIFICENT.

Either way, this encounter will end up with one or both adult emus zooming away as fast as he can run. This is very fast.

This is the other thing they do besides wonking and glaring, by the way. They run. Fear the running emu.

Anyway, this leaves all the tiny and medium-sized and semi-large stripey things milling around making confused tiny “cheep? wonk?” noises and basically just following whichever pair of large feet they can find.

HI DAD

And so mostly when you see a male emu with a gaggle of youngsters at heel, they are all different sizes. Who knows whose they are? Not him! But he’s going to look after them anyway.

Fear him.

@croatoan-the-line @usshawkass @the-mongoose-cannon @sabre070 @jaysonblaze

*evo-psych voice* and this, you see, is why men are particularly suited to nursing and childcare work. As we see in the wild, for instance with emus, paternal instincts run deep and often over-ride blood ties and competitive instinct!

The most magical thing about dinosaurs really is when you imagine them doing ridiculous mating/threat/freaking out displays like emus or other dinobirds do. Just imagine it. Try it. It’ll change your life. Our ideas about dinosaurs are all like swelling soundtracks and giraffe-style majesty but I bet you anything they were more like these vaguely terrifying knuckleheads.

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incarnadinequeen:

theincredibleorca:

derangedhyena-delphinidae:

btw when zoo folks are upset because of Seaworld Business Things it’s like…

dudes. why. do you think. people have a problem with Seaworld?

The business things don’t live off in their own separate land. They are very much a part of the company and also direct what it ultimately does. It doesn’t matter who’s running it or why or for how many jellybeans. The issues live almost entirely in the intersection between “it actually being a theme park business” and “it parading around as a zoo/aquarium.” Do not ignore that. Do not congratulate

If a zoo started spending huge chunks of money on rides, Sesame Street, and flashy, substanceless commercials (instead of its animals) I’d be mad at it too.  

I don’t even consider SW to be a zoo/aquarium. They’re a theme park with animals. The theme park aspect is their number one priority, not animals or research.

Those are the differences I highlight when someone asks me why I heavily support the San Diego zoo but don’t support Sea World. San Diego zoo is a conservation organization that uses the funds from their zoo and safari park visitors to run San Diego Zoo Global conservation efforts. They have breeding programs for endangered species, they generally only have animals that cannot survive without specialized treatment, and their animals are given enclosures that emulate their natual habitat as much as possible.

Sea World on the other hand is a business. They do a lot of good things for the community, but at the end of the day they are there to make money. They do not emulate the environments of their captive animals and up until recently led breeding programs for an animal that has a shortened lifespan in captivity and cannot be released into the wild after being raised at Sea World.

Sea World has some great qualities but their ultimate priority is not conservation and you can barely consider animal welfare to be a priority. It it was, their cetaceans would be in larger tanks that resemble their natural environment.

alphynix: Despite commonly being called “kill…

alphynix:

Despite commonly being called “killer whales” modern orcas are actually the largest living members of the oceanic dolphin family. Their ancestors are thought to have diverged from other dolphins between 10 and 5 million years ago – and surprisingly their closest relatives are the much smaller snubfin dolphins found in Australasia.

Living during the Pliocene (5-2 mya) in the Mediterranean, Orcinus citoniensis was an early member of the orca lineage, and was probably a transitional form between their early dolphin ancestors and the modern Orcinus orca.

It was half the size of modern orcas, at about 4m long (~13′). While it had a higher tooth count than its living relatives its teeth were also proportionally smaller, suggesting it wasn’t specialized for tackling large prey and probably fed mainly on fish and squid.

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orcacharm:

orcacharm:

Please fill out the first question of this survey and express the need for the Lower Snake river dams to be breached starting this year! There is an effort trying to keep the dams out of the government taskforce, don’t allow that to happen! (Taking this survey will get you 25 entires in my giveaway)

Filled out!

This takes just a few minutes and can mean a world of difference to the Southern Residents.

The only meaningful way for this unique and loved population to survive is to increase the salmon numbers.

Breach the dams!

All of the other measures are absolutely pointless if there’s nothing for then to eat.

Filled out here.

I know there’s been a lot of orca posts on here lately, but this a huge current thing in my firld of expertise right now and I’m literally begging you guys to at least do this one survey. You don’t have to put in an email or even your name, you just need to let them know that you want the dams breached so that the salmon can thrive and help the Southern Residents.

These whales mean a lot to me and I would hella appreciate if you guys helped them out a tiny bit too by filling out the survey and reblogging this with the ‘signal boost’ tag. If you want a copy paste for the question response I’ll write one below:

‘I support the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams in order to promote the restoration of it’s Chinook Salmon population and also to help the recovery of the Southern Resident orca. This population is unique and important to people around the world and so deserve to be saved.’

-Mod Fluke