- Massive Shark Kill in Gulf of Mexico Caused by Gill Net
- Possibility of Communication With Dolphins Being Researched
- Costa Rican Man’s Friendship With Crocodile Spans 20 Years
Massive Shark Kill in Gulf of Mexico Caused by Gill Net
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department confiscated between two and three thousand juvenile sharks from a 3-mile long illegal gill net in the Gulf of Mexico, right off of South Padre Island in Texas. The gill net belonged to Mexican fisherman, although no one has been apprehended. The area is patrolled regularly by Parks and Wildlife as well as the Coast Guard, but are still finding illegal nets just a few miles off-shore of the Mexican border, in US waters. One of the men on the scene, Sgt. James Dunks, reported that persons who have been caught illegally fishing claim Mexico’s fish stocks are so depleted they have no choice but to fish US waters to survive.
Possibility of Communication With Dolphins Being Researched
Dr. Denise L. Herzing is on a mission to initiate two-way communication with dolphins, causing a bit of controversy in the scientific world. Herzing has been studying dolphins for 25 years. Her studies will take place in a remote location of the Bahamas, using sonar technology and compiling a database of dolphin communications. It is her position that discovering more about the cognition of dolphins can pave the way for further understanding of communication between other species as well. Critics of her research are adamant that her time and skills would be of better help in a more important field like cancer research, but proponents believe her endeavor is worth investigating.
Costa Rican Man’s Friendship With Crocodile Spans 20 Years
Twenty years ago, a Costa Rican man called Chito happened upon a dying crocodile in the Parismina River, shot by a farmer whom he had relieved of a cow too close to shore. Today, the pair are still chumming around in a remarkable case of the world’s first tamed crocodile. Chito had taken the croc home, intending to use the hide once the animal perished. But after it began to show signs of recovery, Chito began to feed the croc and even gave it a name: Pocho. After keeping Pocho a secret from his wife and family for months, the beans were eventually spilled, and now Chito and Pocho ham for the cameras, showing off the tricks Pocho has learned. Chito has never been hurt by Pocho in their 20-year friendship.