From microscopic plants and jellyfish to predatory packs of Orcas and soon-to-be-arriving Pacific squid…The “alien” invasion of the Atlantic ocean by Pacific Ocean species is fully underway, all made possible by ever-decreasing Arctic sea ice cover. It is being called the “largest species invasion in over 2 million years” and, as the Arctic ice sheet continues to melt and shrink, it is permitting a freer exchange of species between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, with dire consequences for Atlantic biodiversity and ecology predicted.
In 2006, Arctic hunters shot and killed a strange-looking, white bear. It was strange because the bear had large patches of brown fur in its coat. Subsequent genetic analysis showed … [Read full article]
The Canadian government opted last week to allow the killing 500 narwhals trapped beneath ice rather than calling in icebreakers to free the animals, claiming the process would have been … [Read full article]