Freakiest Shark Exhibit Ever At Santa Monica Aquarium

Santa Monica Aquarium showcases local fish, but it’s not boring. They have a freaky exhibit of live shark embryos in egg casings. Bonus: eel, starfish & urchin

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Hummingbirds at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary near Irvine is where hummingbird feeders were invented. The tiny birds still come 70 years later.

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Blue Whale Bonanza

Risso's Dolphin, Grampus griseus

Capt. Dave Beezer says that, despite stories the media hype, this year isn’t so special. They’re starting to see this many blue whales every year. “Santa Barabara is becoming the best place in the world to see blue whales,” he says.

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Lifesavers Rescues Another 100 Horses from Slaughter

Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue did it again: they scooped up another 100 horses that were about to be auctioned off to Mexican slaughter houses this weekend.

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Lifesavers May Save Even More Wild Horses At Auction Sept 18

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Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue may be buying some more horses at auction today to save them from slaughter in Fallon, NV, Livestock exchange.

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Fabulous Possum Video: Ad Campaign or Satire?

Are these fabulous possum care instructional videos a viral ad scam? Or just a California wildlife rehabilitator with a sense of humor?

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Ted Nugent: What Happened to Fair Chase Hunting?

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Young male Columbian black-tailed deer, Walter Siegmund

Gun nut and 70s rock start Ted Nugent just pled no contest to two hunting violation in California. Game wardens originally filed¬†11 violations, including baiting a deer and hunting a buck that was too young, against him after seeing an episode of his “Spirit of the Wild” TV show. Once again we see that hunters may talk a lot about “fair chase,” but never seem to let it get in their way of a good time.

Nugent seems to have gotten off pretty lightly. The Sacremento Bee says he plead no contest “Friday in Yuba County¬†Superior Court to two misdemeanors: baiting a deer and failing to have a deer hunting tag signed by a reviewing official after a kill. He was fined $1,750.” I didn’t know law enforcement offered the “neither admit nor deny any wrongdoing” deal to anybody but Wall Street crooks. Now, in his defense, I’d have to say that he truly didn’t understand the rules if he aired what he was doing on TV. But, if you hold yourself out as a defender of righteous hunting, then you better know and follow the rules.

Nugent posted a lame half-apology:

To my Fellow Outdoorsmen…. You may have read the news that I pled no contest to two misdemeanor game violations. I should have been better informed, more aware and I take full responsibility. The honorable hunting lifestyle is my deepest passion.

Ted Nugent

California bans hunting over bait–as most

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Mexican Wolf May Get Declared Endangered Finally

Mexican wolf. Credit: Jim Clark / USFWS

Down to about 40 wild animals, the Mexican gray wolf may get its own endangered species status, which could bring a real management plan and a less hostile reintroduction site.

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Bighorn Sheep over Grazing Sheep

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The forest service is kicking grazing sheep out of Idaho’s Payette National Forest because they give bighorns pneumonia. Ranchers don’t buy it. It’s like the reverse of the Yellowstone Buffalo brucellosis drama.

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Arizona Tribe Offers Tours to See the Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Ranchers Are Poaching

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The Mexican Gray Wolf is down to maybe about 40 animals in the wild after yet another illegal shooting, but Defenders of Wildlife is starting a tour to try to see the animals with local Arizona tribes.

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