Octopuses are taking over the oceans, and no one knows why


A new study published in the journal Current Biology has revealed some startling statistics — a group of researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that since the 1950s, the population of cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) in the world’s oceans has exploded. What makes this truly curious is the fact that climate change, overfishing, and ocean acidification have caused the numbers of many fish and shellfish species to plummet during the same period.

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Scientists aren’t completely sure what’s causing these tentacled creatures to proliferate so widely, but they have a few theories. One idea is that humans have killed off large numbers of predatory fish that would normally compete with the cephalopods for food. But it’s also possible that these species are simply better equipped to deal with rising ocean temperatures than some other ocean animals.

octopus-01-lead-120x120The lead author of the study, Zoe Doubleday, told Gizmodo that the success of these species can largely be attributed to rapid population turnover rates, saying, “Cephalopods tend to boom and bust—they’re called the weeds of the sea. If environmental conditions are good, they can rapidly exploit those conditions because they grow so fast.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t all good news for the species involved. octopus-01-120x120Researchers warn that if the number of cephalopods rises too high, the animals may be forced to resort to cannibalism due to lack of food. As they take over larger portions of the marine ecosystem, they may also be harvested in greater numbers and become a more important staple in the human diet. Either way, the cephalopod population boom is likely to be a mixed blessing for the species involved.

Via Gizmodo

Images via Wikimedia Commons (1, 2)




Cecil The Lion And Wolves Honored In Spectacular Empire State Building Tribute


Cecil the lion and other endangered animals (Including Wolves) are projected on to Empire State Building

The Empire State Building broadcast images of endangered animals to New Yorkers on Saturday in a video projection said to be the first-of-its-kind.

At one point an image of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American hunter last month caused international outrage, was broadcast in a picture more than 350 feet tall and 180 feet wide.

In total 160 species of endangered animals including birds, tigers, leopards and bears were shown at the event, which was meant to spark conversations about mass extinction, according to NBC New York.

The images were put up over 33 floors of the building for three hours using 40 projectors stacked together at a rooftop two blocks away.

The landmark is decorated with lights of different colors for various holidays, though organizers said Saturday night marked the first time that such as video projection had been done. The show was organized as part of a promotion for a new Discovery Channel documentary, Racing Extinction, which is set to air in December.



Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for rescued animals

by , 05/03/15
http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://inhabitat.com/jon-stewart-and-his-wife-are-turning-nj-farm-into-a-sanctuary-for-rescued-animals/&layout=box_count&show_faces=false&width=60&action=like&colorscheme=light&height=45It’s pretty much the understatement of the century to say that Jon Stewart, departing host of The Daily Show, has a lot of fans. However, Stewart will gain some new fans as he prepares for his post-TV days, and a lot of them will be furry. Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have purchased a New Jersey farm and plan to turn it into an animal sanctuary, where rescued farm animals can live out their natural lives in peace. Can you hear the collective “awwww” from animal-loving fans of The Daily Show?

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This isn’t a whim for the Stewarts. The pair have been compassionate friends of animals for many years, and Tracey was quoted in a press release saying that “promises of animal shelter visits in exchange for completed homework are the norm in the Stewart household.” Raising their two children to have respect and compassion for animals is a key part of the Stewarts’ efforts to ensure that future generations of animals will have the protections they deserve. They’ve also adopted a menagerie of animals as a family over the years, including four dogs, two horses, two pigs, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, two hamsters, one parrot and two fish who, as Tracey told USA Today, were “all rescues.”

Related: Yoda the piglet escapes the slaughterhouse, finds love and safety

On The Daily Show, Stewart has used his position on more than a few occasions to help educate people about the deplorable conditions farm animals endure and to call for a greener planet. Among the most memorable is this eight-minute segment from February of this year in which Stewart skewered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over vetoing a popular gestation crate ban. More recently, Stewart’s thoughtful interview with Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Bauer illustrates the comedian’s personal interest in animal welfare.

To recognize all of the Stewarts’ efforts for the animals over the years, Farm Sanctuary named a pair of newly-adopted sheep after the couple. Tracey the sheep recently gave birth, and the sanctuary adorably dubbed her offspring Hazleton. Their human counterparts will also be honored at a Farm Sanctuary event to be held in October.

Stewart will leave The Daily Show in August of this year, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts where witty criticism of the American political system once was. With the news of the farm-cum-sanctuary on the horizon, it’s a little unclear what other projects Stewart might undertake after ending his 16-year-reign of the funniest news show in history. We can’t help but wonder (hope) about the possibility of seeing Jon Stewart involved in the next presidential election from a different point of view. Vote Stewart in 2016? We’d consider it!

Via Philly.com

Images via David Shankbone and Moomah

Support “One By One” a Monk Seals Documentary

Ed. Note: I recently became a volunteer for NOAA’s Monk Seal Watch program. We’re working very hard to educate both tourists and local residents about the need for preserving these beautiful marine mammals because Monk Seals are dwindling in numbers every year, with fewer than 1000 left in the wild. The makers of this film are seeking public support to help global raise awareness about this endangered species, donations to help give this story the attention it deserves are greatly appreciated! Mahalo, Annette

A documentary about the struggle to save the Hawaiian monk seal!
Every day, dedicated scientists and volunteers are working to save Hawaiian monk seals, one by one. Now, we are calling upon you to help the effort, to educate the public, and to build a lasting movement that will save the species.

The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most critically endangered marine mammals in the world, with less than 1,100 remaining–and their numbers are steadily declining. To put this in perspective, there are more sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco than Hawaiian monk seals in the world. If we don’t do something about it, the Hawaiian monk seal will disappear within our lifetime.

Today, one of their biggest threats is lack of awareness.

This species is completely native to Hawaii, and one of a kind. It witnessed the Hawaiian islands rising from the ocean and has been a symbol of Hawaii’s diverse ecosystem for millions of years–and many people still have no idea that it exists.

Unless the world is made aware of these seals and the brave efforts to protect them, they will slip quietly into extinction. We can’t hope that someone else will step in and turn this around: it’s up to us, and time is running out.

Our documentary can help spread the word, but we can’t do it alone. We’ve already been working on this project for over a year, and now we’re asking for your help to finish it. With your support, we can bring the Hawaiian monk seal to the world’s attention and give the species a chance to be heard! Anything you can contribute, even if it’s just sharing the link, will make a difference for the Hawaiian monk seal.


–Robin and Andrew

Filmmakers of One by One


Our journey began in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands….

Last September, we documented the conservation efforts of NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. More than 80% of the monk seal population lives in these remote waters, but their population is also declining the fastest. Over the course of the mission, we saw how passionate and hopeful the scientists were about their work, but also how desperate the situation has become as the seals continue to decline.  

But there is hope: the numbers in the Main Hawaiian Islands are rising. In just 10 years, scientists predict that there will be more seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands than in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This is quickly becoming the most crucial area for conservation.

We need your help to finish this story.

While the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are an extremely important part of the story, we need to spend time in the Main Hawaiian Islands to document the greatest threat to the Hawaiian monk seal’s survival: people.

For millions of years, monk seals have rested undisturbed on Hawaii’s shores. Today, they are struggling to find a place in an increasingly overcrowded Hawaii. Many beachgoers have never seen a monk seal before, and they don’t realize that they need our help and protection.

Even worse, the increase in seals has led to false rumors and controversy. Many believe that the seals aren’t even Hawaiian, and that they don’t deserve to live on the islands. Two years ago, the mounting aggression towards the seal culminated in a string of horrific attacks on monk seals, and even several killings.


As more monk seals begin to populate the Main Hawaiian Islands, these problems will only get worse.

We can only do this with your help.

We can’t stand by and watch as these seals disappear. We can’t rely on others to swoop in and magically fix it. We are all responsible for these seals now, and it is solely up to us to do something about it.

We’re donating our time and effort, but we still have expenses that we simply can’t cover alone. With our funding goal of $30,000, we can give this story the attention it deserves. Anything we raise beyond that will allow us to take this project to an even higher level of professionalism, bring on more talent for post-production, and expand our screening plans.

Anything that we raise beyond our final expenses will be donated back into the organizations that are helping the monk seal! Plus, we have some fun rewards to thank you for your help.

Your contributions will go toward:

–  Video and audio equipment

–  Travel (lodging, transportation, etc.)

–  Professional editing and post-production software

–  Graphics and animation

–  Producing Blu-rays

–  Film festival submission fees and premiere costs

Other ways to help

Even if you can’t give, there are other ways to contribute: share the link, and make people aware of what is happening. Even just your words could help save monk seal lives.

We also need resources, including:

–  Airline miles

–  Room and board on the islands

–  Transportation

–  Your talents as a graphic designer, animator, post-production specialist, etc.

If you think you can help, please let us know! We’d love to have you on our team.

Email us at onebyone@monksealfoundation.org if you have some ideas about how you can pitch in! We’ll still give you rewards, and a lot of aloha.


We can only do this with your help.

The Filmmakers

We are a California-based, husband-and-wife team dedicated to the idea that media can change perception and lives. We met while studying film at UC Berkeley and have since traveled the world searching for unique adventures and inspiring stories. Now, we are volunteering our talents and passion for causes we believe in. When we learned about the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal, we knew that we could use our skills as storytellers to help others discover this amazing species and save it from extinction.

Note: This project is intended to raise awareness and educate about Hawaiian monk seals and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. All fundraising activities are solely intended to cover production and distribution expenses. All media from the monument was obtained under the permits PMNM-2013-001 and NMFS ESA/mmpa 10137-07.

Please Donate Here…Mahalo!

ANIMAL CRACKERS (The Best of BBC One’s Walk On The Wild Side)

This has to be one of the greatest animal videos ever made. Courtesy of BBC, this is “Funny Talking Animals” and this is guaranteed to make you more than just smile! Enjoy!! And please make sure you SHARE with friends! And if you’re an animal lover, look below the video for something special :)

A compilation of excerpts taken from the BBC One show
‘Funny Talking Animals – Walk On The Wild Side’ and
pieced together by DJ Shamrock for comedic effect.

Images and voice-overs are property of the BBC.
Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ is property of Sony.
Some video & voice-overs edited but not performed
by DJ Shamrock.


I am grateful to the BBC and the producers of
Walk On The Wild Side for allowing me to post
this video with content that is NOT my property.

Therefor, I will not accept ANY marketing offers
whatsoever. Thank you.

Scientists sign declaration that animals share the same awareness with humans

Scientists Declare: Animals Are as Aware as Humans

Recently an international group of prominent scientists have signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness. This declaration proclaims their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are. The list of animals includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

The group consisted of cognitive scientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists, and computational neuroscientists. They were all attending the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on Consciousness in Human and Non-Human Animals. The declaration was signed in the presence of Stephen Hawking, and included such signatories as Christof Koch, David Edelman, Edward Boyden, Philip Low, Irene Pepperberg, and many others.

What is important here is the acknowledgement by the scientific community that many nonhuman animals possess conscious states. Because the body of scientific evidence is increasingly showing that most animals are conscious in the same way that we are, we can no longer ignore this fact when it comes to how we treat the animals in our world.

What has also been found is very interesting. It has been shown consciousness can emerge in those animals that are very much unlike humans, including those that evolved along different evolutionary tracks, namely birds and some encephalopods. The group of scientists have stated, “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors.”

The following are the observations made that were the reason for the signing of this declaration:

The field of Consciousness research is rapidly evolving. Abundant new techniques and strategies for human and non-human animal research have been developed. Consequently, more data is becoming readily available, and this calls for a periodic reevaluation of previously held preconceptions in this field. Studies of non-human animals have shown that homologous brain circuits correlated with conscious experience and perception can be selectively facilitated and disrupted to assess whether they are in fact necessary for those experiences. Moreover, in humans, new non-invasive techniques are readily available to survey the correlates of consciousness.

The neural substrates of emotions do not appear to be confined to cortical structures. In fact, subcortical neural networks aroused during affective states in humans are also critically important for generating emotional behaviors in animals. Artificial arousal of the same brain regions generates corresponding behavior and feeling states in both humans and non-human animals. Wherever in the brain one evokes instinctual emotional behaviors in non-human animals, many of the ensuing behaviors are consistent with experienced feeling states, including those internal states that are rewarding and punishing.

Deep brain stimulation of these systems in humans can also generate similar affective states. Systems associated with affect are concentrated in subcortical regions where neural homologies abound. Young human and nonhuman animals without neocortices retain these brain-mind functions. Furthermore, neural circuits supporting behavioral/electrophysiological states of attentiveness, sleep and decision making appear to have arisen in evolution as early as the invertebrate radiation, being evident in insects and cephalopod mollusks (octopus, etc.).

Birds appear to offer, in their behavior, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy a striking case of parallel evolution of consciousness. Evidence of near human-like levels of consciousness has been most dramatically observed in African grey parrots. Mammalian and avian emotional networks and cognitive microcircuitries appear to be far more homologous than previously thought. Moreover, certain species of birds have been found to exhibit neural sleep patterns similar to those of mammals, including REM sleep and, as was demonstrated in zebra finches, neurophysiological patterns, previously thought to require a mammalian neocortex. Magpies in articular have been shown to exhibit striking similarities to humans, great apes, dolphins, and elephants in studies of mirror self-recognition.

In humans, the effect of certain hallucinogens appears to be associated with a disruption in cortical feed-forward and feedback processing. Pharmacological interventions in non-human animals with compounds known to affect conscious behavior in humans can lead to similar perturbations in behavior in non-human animals. In humans, there is evidence to suggest that awareness is correlated with cortical activity, which does not exclude possible contributions by subcortical or early cortical processing, as in visual awareness. Evidence that human and nonhuman animal emotional feelings arise from homologous subcortical brain networks provide compelling evidence for evolutionarily shared primal affective qualia.

Alex Collier’s Latest Interview: Mis-information on the Approach of a Mini-Constellation

 This evening I listened to Alex Collier speak with Jay Perron about information that was also posted here a couple weeks ago, with statements allegedly from Jim McCanney that a mini-constellation was approaching the solar system. Well, coincidentally the last thing I listened to before going to bed last night was Jim McCanney’s last radio show on Feb 28th show announcing the disinfo machine had taken audio from a 2004 show, chopped it up and released it without his authorization on Youtube.

You can listen to both show’s below, I love Alex, but how much of his info is based on a video he listened to that was false information, what’s from the A’s or inside contacts? But, aside from what’s going on in space, Alex still maintains a positive spiritual message and it’s an interesting interview.

If you don’t have time to listen to the entire show (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) Jim talks about the disinformation machine latest dirty deed,toward the end of the show…this is good stuff! I can see why he’s so well-respected by Susan Rennison and others who believe in scientific truth, and why people would use his work to spread lies to create fear.


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2013-02-20 Ever Beyond Special with Alex Collier


Published on Feb 20, 2013

A special conversation, out of the usual routine, with Alex Collier. please listen and spread far and wide.

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Please also join me on Sundays at my regular slot of 3pm PST /6 EST /11pm UK time on http://www.everbeyond.info/main/radio… and http://www.wolfspiritradio.com/wolfchat

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Strange, Carnivorous Sponge Found In Deep Sea A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California’s Monterey Bay.

Mon Nov 12, 2012

This photograph of the recently discovered carnivorous harp sponge, Chondrocladia lyra, was taken in Monterey Canyon, off the coast of California, at a depth of about 11,500 feet (3,500 meters). Click to enlarge this image.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California’s Monterey Bay.

The meat-eating species was dubbed the “harp sponge,” so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side.xploring with a remotely operated vehicle. The sponges live nearly 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) beneath the ocean’s surface.

Read more, see VIDEO:


Mirrored: HAARP cached website discovered, ADMITS weather modification!

Get your pen & paper ready, he provides a link to this site at the end of the video…

Ultimate Loyalty: Japanese Dog Refuses to Leave Injured Friend Behind

Moving story from http://www.facebook.com/lifewithdogs : Emerging coverage from Japan offers a moving example of ultimate dog loyalty, and clearly illustrates the challenges faced by animal victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

It has been said that the dogs were picked up after the video was filmed, and are in the care of a local shelter. Updates and pics will be offered at the link above in the coming days, as available. Translation of conversation in video:

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone’s pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.


Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can’t watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He’s getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It’s just amazing that they survived through this all.


Scientists fear mass extinction as oceans choke

By Amy Simmons

Updated Wed Dec 1, 2010 12:20am AEDT

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Low oxygen levels, which have been found along south-eastern Australia, are known to increase stress on fish. (Reuters: Ho New)

Tilapia removed from a Queensland waterbody. (www.mdbc.gov.au: Amanda Dimmock)

Australian scientists fear the planet is on the brink of another mass extinction as ocean dead zones continue to grow in size and number.

More than 400 ocean dead zones – areas so low in oxygen that sea life cannot survive – have been reported by oceanographers around the world between 2000 and 2008.

That is compared with 300 in the 1990s and 120 in the 1980s.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and from the University of Queensland, says there is growing evidence that declining oxygen levels in the ocean have played a major role in at least four of the planet’s five mass extinctions.

“Until recently the best hypothesis for them was a meteor strike,” he said.

“So 65 million years ago they’ve got very good evidence of the cretaceous exctinction event.

“But with the four other mass extinction events, one of the best explanations now is that these periods were preceded by an increase of volcanic activity, and that volcanic activity caused a change in ocean circulation.

“Just as we are seeing at a smaller scale today, huge parts of the ocean became anoxic at depth.

“The consequence of that is that you had increased amounts of rotten egg gas, hydrogen sulfide, going up into the atmosphere, and that is thought to be what may have caused some of these other extinction events.”

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg says up to 90 per cent of life has perished in previous mass extinctions and that a similar loss of life could occur in the next 100 years.

“We’re already having another mass extinction due to humans wiping out life and so on, but it looks like it could get as high as those previous events,” he said.

“So it’s the combination of this alteration to coastlines, climate change and everything, that has a lot of us worried we are going to drive the sixth extinction event and it will happen over the next 100 years because we are interfering with the things that keep species alive.

“Ocean ecosystems are in a lot of trouble and it all bears the hallmarks of human interference….


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