Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Giant Squid Invade the Southern CA Coast

For the last week, Humboldt squid,  possible man eaters and one of the largest squid in the ocean, have been grouping in large numbers off the coast of Southern California.  The reason, they are following the swarms of schooling bait fish which have been migrating south.

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Not much is known about the Humboldt Squid or Dosidicus gigas, a cephalopod and member of the Ommastrephidae Family, since it lives in depths up to 2,000 feet.  They have a reputation in sailor lore as a sea monster that can drag a man overboard and to the blackest depths of the abyss. It’s a cannibal that has no reservation about eating one of its own kind, it’s eyes huge,  blood is blue, it carries a cadre of deadly weapons all over it’s body and it may well be the most ruthless, cunning predators living below the surface of the water.

I’ve seen a few documentaries on the giant squid, but never encountered them in the wild.  I love the light show they give off to communicate or some other still unknown purpose.

The best place to see them is the Sea of Cortez in the 25 mile area off the coast of Santa Rosalia, in the California Baja.

Unfortunately, it has been estimated that commercial fisherman annually catch over 100,000 tons of giant squid each year.

Loss of Plant Diversity is Linked to Decline in Honeybees

Researchers suggests in a recent BBC publication that the loss of habitat destruction and falling plant diversity is linked to the decline of honeybees in many countries.

To read this article (CLICK HERE) or click on the photo below.

This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed immediately! According to Bumblebee.Org, bees are responsible for pollinating plants that provide much of our food; in North America it is believed that 30% of food for human consumption originates from plants pollinated by bees.

Custody Determined For 26,411 Animals

City of Arlington, Texas awarded animals seized from last month’s largest rescue of exotics in U.S. history.

Article published on January 07, 2010

By: Maura Davies of SPCA of Texas

“The City of Arlington was awarded custody of 26,411 animals — reptiles, insects, arachnids, crustaceans and mammals — seized from U.S. Global Exotics on Tuesday, December 15 under the authority of Arlington Animal Services at a hearing at the Arlington Municipal Courthouse.”

Photo found on's Texas Local Network Website

CLICK HERE to download the ruling OR CLICK HERE or on photo above to read the entire article.

New Spider Found in Giant Sand Dune in Israel

Check out this crazy cool spider!  Scientist this week for the department of biology at the University of Haifa-Oranim said that it was found and discovered in the dune of the Sands of Samar in the southern Arava region of Isreal.

Unfortunately it’s habitat is endangered and hopefully The Israel Administration will preserve this unique region to study this new discovery.

To read this article from NATGEO NEW WATCH, CLICK HERE or click on photo below.

Photo found on David Braun's NatGeo News Watch: Photo by Yael Olek, courtest of the Univerity of Haifa

WWF's 10 Species to Watch in 2010

The World Wildlife Fund’s list of “10 to Watch in 2010” includes such well-known and beloved species as tigers, polar bears, pandas, and rhinos, as well as lesser-known species such as bluefin tuna, and mountain gorillas.


WWF's list to watch in 2010

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly:

Facing the Threat of Extinction

Habitat destruction caused by humans has caused a serious threat to the monarch butterfly.  According to Monarch Watch, who is dedicated to education, conservation and research (who also created The Monarch Project in 1984) the population of monarchs are more vulnerable than ever in their overwintering sites.

On their website they discuss that Eastern Monarchs migrate only to the Transvolcanic Mountains in mexico, where there are only eleven to fourteen know sites each year.  Each site is a few hectares in size and contains millions of Monarch butterflies.  This combination – a high concentration of individuals in a only few small sites – makes the possibility of habitat destruction in Mexico very serious.  It also states that the oyamel tree (on which the Monarchs cluster) are valuable lumber sources that many local people – the ejidatarios who own the land – depend upon for income.


Monarch Butterfly: Courtesy of

Got a Pet Tarantula? Better protect your eyes…says Reuters

Jungle Jenny with Chilean Rose Tarantula

Jungle Jenny wants to remind tarantula owners that although this is a rare occurrence, care should be taken when handling tarantulas. Used as a defense mechanism, these spiders release fine barbed hairs from the back of their body and in some cases have caused acute respiratory problems, skin rashes and according to this article in
Washington (Reuters)- January 1, 2010 (click here) can stick to your cornea too!  Remember:  Always keep animals away from your eyes and face.