Category Archive: Creature Features

Jan 13

A Salamander Hell-Bent on Clean Water

Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. Bend your ears to this: At more than one-foot long, the Hellbender salamander is the largest in North America. Flat, brown, and wrinkled, it has lived at the bottom of streams and ponds for millions of years. But that legacy is threatened, as hellbender populations shrink  Conservationist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/marine-debris/a-salamander-hell-bent-on-clean-water/

Jan 07

Fish Talk

Scientists listen in on a world of underwater sound. Listen up: When Aaron Rice eavesdrops on a conversation, he hears plenty of pops, purrs, clicks and grunts. As Research Associate at the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University, he listens to fish. The sounds usually have something to do with aggression or reproduction – and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/fish-talk/

Nov 29

Fishy Business

How much sustainably caught fish comes out of the Great Lakes each year? We cast around for answers—and caught ’em. Listen up: Throughout history, people have been hooked on fishing the Great Lakes, from Native Americans in birch bark canoes to commercial fishermen in modern boats. A century ago, nearly 150 million pounds of fish were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/fishy-business/

Nov 21

Multiplying Mussels Attack!

Invasive mussels muscle their way into the Great Lakes—listen up for the scoop on why that’s scarier than it might sound. You might think a creature the size of a dime is no match for a freshwater system the size of Texas, but quagga mussels are prolific breeders. Multiply one by trillions, and you get mussels …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/creature-features/multiplying-mussels-attack/

Nov 20

Why We Should All Swoon for the Common Loon

There’s nothing common about common loons in the Great Lakes—listen up: An ode to the loon With their distinctive red eyes, black-and-white coloring and eerie call, the uncommon loon might be a better moniker for these wonderfully unusual birds. What else is cool about this aquatic migratory creature? Its solid bones make for champion diving, …

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