Author: Jess Webster

Say hello to world’s strangest sleeper

Walruses are known to exhibit some of the strangest sleeping behaviour in the animal kingdom. Alongside their ability to sleep in rather odd positions in the ocean, they are known to remain active...

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The animals we forget: Life in the circus

All over the world many animals are forced to perform tricks in the circus. Most of these tricks are unnatural for the animal in question and often represent human behaviours, such as cycling....

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The gentle giant of the sea

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the world’s largest fish, growing up 12 metres in length and weighing up to 12,500 kg. They are known for their gentle nature, sometimes letting divers swim with...

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No folks- it’s not an orca

Commerson’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) are one of the lesser known species of cetacean. Bearing a striking resemblance to orcas at some angles, these dolphins are also known as skunk dolphins, piebald dolphins and...

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Blackfish and the future for captive cetaceans

In 2013 the somewhat controversial documentary Blackfish was released. The programme explored the reality of life in captivity for orcas and received global attention. Confining orcas to tanks has detrimental effects both on...

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Breakthrough for British Beavers: Native species status awarded to Scottish populations

After years of uncertainty, the Scottish government has finally announced that the two populations of Eurasian beaver currently residing in Scotland will be allowed to stay through the granting of native species status....

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