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Report: Billions of jellyfish wipe out salmon farm - Not Japan, but of grave concern to Japan

Report: Billions of jellyfish wipe out salmon farm Posted by Stephen Shankland | 5 comments A 10-square-mile pack of jellyfish wiped out a 100,000-fish salmon farm in Northern Ireland, the Associated Press reported Wednesday . The billions of jellyfish, piled densely in a 35-foot-deep layer, did in the fish through stings and stress, according to John Russell, managing director of Northern Salmon. The Pelagia nocticula species, or "mauve stinger," ordinarily is found in warmer waters such as the Mediterranean Sea. Scientists pointed to the presence of the jellyfish, rarely seen that far north, as evidence of global warming. All of the fish, worth $2 million, are dead or dying and, absent government aid, the farm likely will go out of business, Russell said.

Whale Shark at the Osaka Aquarium

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Japanese cow herd coddled for 12 years to make Kobe beef

Japanese cow herd coddled for 12 years to make Kobe beef Company promises pure Kobe beef – if you're willing to pay Click-2-Listen By Michelle Roberts ASSOCIATED PRESS Saturday, June 30, 2007 HARWOOD — Even by the standards of Texas, where beef is no trivial matter, rancher Jose Antonio Elias Calles has coddled his cattle. The animals imported from Japan are guarded by off-duty Texas Rangers and kept away from American bulls that might contaminate their coveted gene pool. They were meticulously reared for 12 years before a single hamburger could be sold. "We knew it was going to take a long time," said Calles, whose interest in ranching was sparked by a grandfather who raised cattle for export in northern Mexico. Through careful breeding and with the help of surrogate cows, Calles' tiny herd of 11 has grown to 5,000, the largest group of purebred Akaushi cattle outside of Japan. Japanese cattle, which come in red and black varieties, are a closely guarded national

Army poised for action against wild animals on Yahoo! News

Army poised for action against wild animals Mon Jun 11, 8:50 AM ET Japan is preparing to mobilize troops to deal with wild animals such as boars, bears and monkeys. Having debated since March on how to stop the animals from attacking crops and entering residential areas, a group of ruling party politicians has agreed to call on the military for help, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported Sunday. Under the ruling party's plan, subject to approval from party executives, local leaders will be able to request help from the country's Self Defense Forces to build fences and set traps. Some in the party are also calling for troops to use guns, the Asahi said. But the defense ministry is cautious on the use of weapons, it said. Japan's military activities are strictly curtailed by its pacifist constitution. Japan sent 600 ground troops to southern Iraq in 2004 on a non-combat reconstruction mission but all retur

Rare giant manta born at Japan aquarium

Rare giant manta born at Japan aquarium By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer Sun Jun 17, 7:35 AM ET What is believed to be the first giant manta ray born in captivity has arrived at a southern Japanese aquarium, the facility said Sunday. The baby manta, a female, was born late Saturday in a huge fish tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, more than a year after its parents mated, the aquarium said in a statement posted Sunday on its Web site. In a video capturing the birth, the baby manta, rolled up like a tube, came sliding out of the mother manta, then quickly spread its fins and began swimming around. The scene, recorded by the aquarium, was broadcast by national broadcaster NHK on Sunday. The event marks the first birth of a manta in captivity, according to the aquarium, which started raising manta rays in 1988. Noriyasu Suzuki, an official at the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise commercial aqua zoo in western J

Ryukyu Flying Fox

Animal Info - Ryukyu Flying Fox (Other Names: Zorro Volador de Ryukyu) Pteropus dasymallus Status : Endangered Contents 1. Profile ( Picture ) 2. Tidbits 3. Status and Trends ( IUCN Status , Countries Where Currently Found , History of Distribution , Threats and Reasons for Decline ) 4. Data on Biology and Ecology ( Habitat , Gestation Period , Birth Season , Early Development , Diet , Behavior , Social Organization ) 5. References Profile Picture: Ryukyu Flying Fox (6 Kb JPEG) The Ryukyu flying fox utilizes forest for daytime roosting . It eats the fruits of a variety of plant species. Figs are a favorite. It lives in colonies. The Ryukyu flying fox occurs in the Ryukyu Archipelago ( Japan ). It previously occurred in Taiwan . It is abundant in the southern and central parts of Okinawa. Populations appear to be large on Ishigaki, Iriomote and Yonayuki. ( WCMC/WWF 1997 ) Threats apparently include hunting and deforestation on different islands. Tidbits

Hondo Stoat

The Stoat, an ermine, is a small mammal belonging to the weasel family. The Hondo Stoat (Mustela Erminea Nippon), particularly found in Honshu, is an Asian species of the ermine family abundantly inhabiting Northern Eurasia and North America. The Stoat is also called Yama-Itachi or Kuda-Gitsune in Japan. Another subspecies, Ezo-Stoat (Mustela erminea orientalis), inhabits Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, and is classified as a "Near Threatened(NT)" animal in the Red Data Book. The Stoat feeds mainly on mice, rats, birds' eggs, and insects. In spite of its lovable appearance, the Stoat has a rather aggressive nature and sometimes attacks hares, which are many times larger than itself. The Stoat is characterized by its change of pelage color. Its b

Blakiston's Fish Owl

Bubo blakistoni , is an owl . This species is a part of the family known as typical owls , Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. Blakiston's Fish Owl and three related species were previously placed in the genus Ketupa ; mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data is equivocal on which genus name is applied for this species (Olsen et al. 2002). This owl is a resident breeder in Russia , China , Japan , and possibly North Korea . Its habitat is riparian forest, with large, old trees for nest-sites, near lakes, rivers, springs and shoals which don't freeze in winter. It feeds on a variety of aquatic prey, including fish and amphibians, but also takes mammals and birds. Blakiston's Fish Owl is a massive (60-72cm) owl. The upperparts are buff-brown and heavily streaked. The underparts are pale buffish-brown. The throat is white. The iris is orange-yellow, and it has long, broad, horizontal ear-tufts. Sexes are similar, with females notably larger. The call varies by subspe

Japanese River Otter | Lutra Nippon

The Japanese River Otter (Lutra nippon), a member of the weasel family, is a nocturnal carnivore reaching 65 to 80 centimeters (26 to 30 inches) in length at maturity. The animal is characterized by its webbed-feet and streamlined body with dark brown back and light brown belly, as well as by its thick, long tail, which is very common to the weasel family. The species inhabits midstream and downstream regions along rivers and becomes active at night, searching for fish, shrimp, and crabs for prey. While the animal hunts for food mainly in the water, it spends the rest of its time on land sleeping and rearing its young. Once abundantly dispersed throughout Japan, the Japanese River Otter was reduced to very small numbers during the Meiji and Taisho eras due to the hunting

Japanese mammals list

Japanese mammals list

Does anyone know anything about the Japanese Beaked Whale? There is very little information I can find on this whale. Please let me know of any resources you may know.