Parasitism: The dark side of symbiosis

Sand steenbras infected with tongue-eating louse (Photo by Marco Vinci/Wikimedia Commons)

Sand steenbras infected with tongue-eating louse (Photo by Marco Vinci/Wikimedia Commons)

In nature, when two individuals of different species often live in close association with each other, this leads to a phenomenon called symbiosis. There are three types of symbiosis: Mutualism is a win-win situation for both organisms because...

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August roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Great white shark (Photo by Terry Goss/Wikimedia Commons)

Great white shark (Photo by Terry Goss/Wikimedia Commons)

Doing the right thing for right whales The Government of Canada has issued a short-term, compulsory slowdown of ships measuring 20 metres or longer, in order to prevent North Atlantic right whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Slow down to...

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Keeping fish at bay

Copper redhorse (Photo by NCC)

Copper redhorse (Photo by NCC)

I will admit that it sure is satisfying interacting with something wild and alive outdoors. I don’t think I would have made it this far as a human if I were born in Australia or the Southern U.S., since I have been pricked, stung and bitten...

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Species at risk need our help

Harbour seal (Photo by Ryan Murphy)

Harbour seal (Photo by Ryan Murphy)

As an animal lover, I pride myself on my knowledge of all creatures furry, feathery and scaly. But when the federal government announced that it was adding nine more animals for protection under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), I was surprised to...

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July roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Brownbanded bamboo shark (Photo by Steve Childs/Wikimedia Commons)

Brownbanded bamboo shark (Photo by Steve Childs/Wikimedia Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in July 2017: Bees can get you buzzed Scientists in...

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Something's Fishy: Life in the slow lane

Western silvery minnow (Photo by Karen Scott, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Western silvery minnow (Photo by Karen Scott, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

In my day-to-day life working in Canada’s largest city, I often find myself rushing from one thing to the next. People are always advising me to stop to smell the roses. I don’t like the smell of roses, so this unwavering, kind-hearted...

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June roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Beaver (Photo by Makedocreative/Wikimedia Commons)

Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in June 2017: The old and the faceless During a...

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Something's Fishy: Cat's got my tongue

<i>Channel catfish</i>, Fat Fish series (Illustration by Al Lau)

Channel catfish, Fat Fish series (Illustration by Al Lau)

Before all you cat ladies and cat fanatics start reading this blog, I need to disclose something: I’m a dog person. It’s not that I don’t like cats. Who couldn’t love their long whiskers and unpredictable behaviour? I just...

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Nature's most dedicated dads

Red foxes (Photo by GDallimore/Wikimedia Commons)

Red foxes (Photo by GDallimore/Wikimedia Commons)

Across the world, millions of animal fathers strive to ensure their offspring’s survival. In honour of Father’s Day, learn about 10 of the animal kingdom’s most devoted dads and the fascinating ways they look after their...

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Something's Fishy: Redheads unite

Copper redhorse (Illustration by Jan Sovak, 1989)

Copper redhorse (Illustration by Jan Sovak, 1989)

Growing up, I hated my hair colour. I was teased relentlessly, often wishing I was more like my light-haired classmates and the kids lucky enough to be born brunettes. My mother would tell me how fortunate I was to be different, but as a kid the...

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